Blog Tour: ‘Virgins’ by Caryl Rivers Review

Blog Tour: ‘Virgins’ by Caryl Rivers Review

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Blog Tour: ‘Virgins’ by Caryl Rivers ReviewVirgins by Caryl Rivers
Published by Diversion Books on May 17th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Young Adult
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: blog tours
For the seniors at Immaculate Heart High, hormones triumphed over the State of Grace - and everyone's vocation was to DO IT.

The Map of Forbidden Sexual Delights extended its boundaries nightly in the back seats of tail-finned cars.

And nothing - not even the Anti-Smut League - could keep the boys and the girls from a rowdy, raunchy romp through those heart-stopping, heart-wrenching days of growing up!

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Warning: The book includes white supremacists, mild racial slurs, and casual sexual acts.

Peggy walks the fine line of being a good Catholic school girl and a young woman who wants to become independent and live her own life, instead of the one that is taught by the strict Catholic church. It makes it that much harder on Peggy when her girl best friend Con is a confident flirt with boys, and her childhood best friend Sean starts to become more than just her friend. When Sean promises to go into the priesthood, what happens to Peggy?

I would have loved to have this one as a teenager, and writing an essay about it would have been indeed wonderful since I am Catholic and went to a Catholic school. Boy has society changed! Set in the 1950s, the book has the old school way of thinking where the woman stays at home and makes everything comfortable for the husband (vomits). Virgins also brought a lot of other themes into being, like religion being such a huge part of anyone’s life, and its restrictions. How does one struggle with their religion’s beliefs and live a life where they have to do everything the Bible says? There’s a certain amount of close-minded thinking that some Catholics in this book think about and I can’t help but get angry at it. For example, everyone who isn’t Catholic will go straight to hell. People will believe what they want to believe. I always had a problem with narrow-minded people, and if I ever came across a person like Mr. McCaffrey in person, a healthy debate will ensue. The point of my rant: forcing religion upon someone is morally wrong.

The characters in this book are fully developed and their personalities emerge straight off the page. Peggy, as any young teenage girl is suddenly inundated with teenage hormones, and being Catholic makes it that much harder for to stay within the Church’s teachings. She ends up questioning a lot about her sexuality, and her thoughts are understandable and highly relatable for any teenage girl. Sean is a character who is wise beyond his years. His quotes were beautiful and I found myself agreeing with him whole heartedly. His faith in God and what He claims to do, is just so beautifully written. I found his character the easiest to like and fall in love with. These characters get into such crazy acts and say the funniest things that I couldn’t help but quote some of them. I find them quite hilarious, even being Catholic myself. Mr. McCaffrey, Sean’s close-minded father is rather unlikeable and I felt myself wanting to slap him at some points. I have society to thank that times have changed, and women are no longer just housewives who cater to the whim of every male that we encounter. I do pity the people who think like this character and hope for the best that they can respect other people’s religions and beliefs.

In this humourous parody on the Catholic Church, this coming-of-age story will get your panties in a twist, and make you laugh and cry. Highly recommended for people who want a good laugh and can poke fun at religion. Not recommended for people who are wishing for a plot, because I don’t believe there is one except the lesson that our main character learns.


Sean: “And I think maybe God doesn’t do a lot. I think he set up the rules, and once He did that, even He can’t break them.”
Peggy: “He can do everything.”
Sean: “No he can’t. God can’t make a stone so big He can’t lift it. That’s impossible. Even God can’t exist and not exist at the same time. He made the rules of nature, and can’t break them.”
Peggy: “So He just—watches?”
Sean: “Maybe. He doesn’t want bad things to happen, but He knows they have to. Maybe the universe can’t exist without bad things to balance the good things. So He has to let them both happen.”
Sean just kept kissing me, hard, and I felt the Natural Wonder getting very stiff and pressing against my thighs.
When I met Con, freshman year, I thought an orgasm was some kind if big monkey.
And they said the pope ate babies. There said there was an underwater tunnel from the Vatican and one day the pope and his army were going to invade America and murder all the Protestants.
The part of the church that drew Sean like a magnet was the hard part, the dirty part—his heroes were men who worked in filth and disease, who cared for people no one else cared about, who went where the rest of us refused to go.
Peggy: “I don’t think I’d want one. I mean, they’re nice and all, but what would I do with it?”
Con: “Go around sticking it into people, I suppose. That’s what it’s for.
Well, I was thinking about how I wanted to do something good with my life. Something really good. Not like my father, who tries to make people do what they don’t want to do. I wanted to do something to help people, you know how I mean.
What’s so great about being a virgin? Unless you’re the Blessed Virgin, and you know what? I think she got gypped. She had to have a baby and didn’t have sex. Whose idea is that of a good deal?
I love hot dogs,” Sister Immelda said. “We don’t them much in the convent.
All these years and I barely knew what a penis looked like and now they seemed to be sprouting all around me like mushrooms.
He would always believe that if he could just try harder, if he could just be better, he could change things.





  1. Jaime Lynn

    August 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    This sounds funny. Like a good weekend, laugh out loud book!

  2. Drennan

    October 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Hi Giselle! I’m so glad that someone besides me thought this novel was completely hilarious. I literally laughed out loud many times. And I feel like Rivers is just such a good writer! If you’re interested, here’s a link to my review:

    Happy Reading,


  3. amel armeliana

    October 22, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Oh, wow!! Don’t know what to say. Since I’m not a catholic, there’s some parts that don’t understand. But review is great. Thanks for the review.

  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

    October 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I grew up in the Catholic Church and though I still love and appreciate some aspects of it I can also appreciate a bit of humor about it as well. I’m sure this would be a fun read for me!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  5. Pingback: Caryl Rivers, author of Virgins, on tour October 2012 | TLC Book Tours

  6. The Bumble Girl

    October 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Oh my, this really does sounds hilarious! As a Catholic, I can totally picture some of the things in this book as well. This would be a book that my MIL would frown upon too – I want it just to show it to her 😉
    Great review, and thanks!

    • Giselle

      October 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Haha it was hilarious! I guess someone who isn’t a Catholic wouldn’t get the jokes lol.

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