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The Virgin Diaries

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  24 reviews
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY? Seventy-two men and women answer that burning question. Hundreds of years of collective experience answer the questions every virgin has. THE VIRGIN DIARIES is a book about sex that really isn't about sex at all. Rather, it's about the feelings associated with that first time: wondering about it, worrying about it, the expecta...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 14th 2010 by Createspace
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Interview with Kimberley A. Johnson HERE

I am a strong believer that Women and Men should be able to embrace their sexuality a 100% and that everything that goes with it shouldn’t be seen as a Taboo.

So when I saw this book I was like, seriously? A book for virgins? That is soo cool! Never in my life have I encountered a book for virgins! – maybe I’ve been living under a rock – and where I’m from Sex is a BIG No, No. and honestly, to this day I don’t know of...more
Kimberley Johnson
Feb 14, 2012 Kimberley Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
The Virgin Diaries is a book about sex that really isn't about sex at all.

Seventy-two people, young and old, gay and straight, responded to the call for answers and those answers are in The Virgin Diaries. This candid collection of stories provides a unique opportunity to be a fly on the wall. There is no commentary. The stories stand on their own, allowing the reader to form his or her own conclusions. Whether you are a virgin and desire to make an informed decision or are a parent faced with "...more
Carol Owens
I got this book because I have a 16 year old daughter. I read it first and gave it to her to read. She acted embarrassed when I gave it to her but after she finished, she came to me and we talked about some of the stories. I think this is a great book for virgins because it deals with the emotional aspect of what one goes through with their first time.
It also helped her feel comfortable talking with me about sex. It actually made my job as a parent easier because it isn't easy talking to your te...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
"This is usually not the kind of information you get from parents, religious figures or even friends."

When I was approached by the authors to read The Virgin Diaries I admit to being ambivalent about it. What made the decision for me is that while I have had the bird and bees talk with my teen daughter sometime ago we are now on the verge of needing to discuss the less mechanical aspects of sexuality. I do believe that its important to provide not only scientific but also emotional information f...more
This book's purported audience consist of: virgins wanting to make an informed decision, parents faced with "the talk," and people interested in reading detailed accounts of one of life's most personal experiences. I fall definitively into the last category, and feel that the book is much, much more suited to the two former. The authors state that they placed ads online requesting stories about losing one's virginity. Those who answered were sent a questionnaire and either wrote an essay that an...more
C.C. Cole
“The Virgin Diaries” is a realistic, unembellished book about first time sexual encounters. The anonymous interviews give clarity to an otherwise difficult subject to capture in casual conversation. Same gender first-time encounters are included. With the appropriate concern about what their adolescent kids are exposed to, I highly suggest this simple, easy-to-read book for parents, so they can decide how to approach this delicate subject for their kids. It makes sense by giving the opportunity...more
I was really surprised when I read this book. I started reading expecting raunchy good times but left with a great emotional impact. This book isn't about people's first times, it's about who they are and how their experiences come about. The emotions in this book may have been surprising but they weren't disappointing.
Joni Thomas
I took sometime with this book because it's different than what I usually review and I wanted to be sure to give it the attention it deserves. Essentially there are so many different stories all about men and women describing how they lost their virginity. Not in extensively graphic detail, this is a book for teens to read after all. Also discussed are the emotions felt about the act. There was such a wide variety of stories in this book. One of a now 77 year old woman who lost her virginity at...more
*Originally posted on Pages Of Forbidden Love

I mainly read YA with other genres of fiction mixed in every once in a while but I rarely read non-fiction. It is the genre I read the least often. Usually it just doesn’t call to me but when Kimberley emailed me about reviewing this book I couldn’t say no. I am currently working of getting a degree in Human Development and this is a topic I am very interested. Not the topic of virginity specifically but sex and youth in general. The age they begin to...more
When I read this one back in April I wasn't sure what I was expecting but I knew that it woul dbe interesting. I came to know about the book because I read Ann Werner's novel Dreams and Nightmares which I reviewed in February and so when this book came up for free on Kindle I was delighted to get a tweet from author Kimberley A. Johnson letting me know about it.

The book itself was great, it was different but I like how the stories or rather the recollections of the people interviewed were kept j...more
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
This review is going to be a little different because this is a book so unlike anything else that I have ever read before. My blog is a Young Adult book blog. Every now and then I may stumble into the “adult” world with an Adult/Young Adult crossover book but that doesn’t occur often. Something that happens even less often than that would be me testing the waters of educational books. I read the required material for my classes but I hardly go out looking for educational books for fun. However,...more
Well, this book is very different from anything that I've ever read so this review will be a little different.

I found this book to be very informative about losing your Virginity. With that said I'm going to explain what is was about and what I got from it. When I first started reading this book I honestly didn't know what to think about it. Growing up in a home where my Mom never talked about sex, I really have never had any advice about it. I myself was a big flirt in middle school, and for Se...more
Jessica (Just a Booklover)
This book is called The Virgin Diares and it was compiled and editied by Kimberly A. Johnson and Ann Werner. (I am aware that you can see this on the cover, but still.) I want to make a few things clear before I tell you my thoughts on this book. First is that this book is NOT a whole bunch of sex scenes thrown together into some inappropriate piece of literature. Second is that this book IS age appropriate for me. The title seems decieving, but once you find out what the book is really about, a...more
Lauren Degroot
This is an impoortant book! One that every virgin, especially female virgins should read. But even if you are not a virgin, it is interesting. I am studying psychology and The Virgin Diaries is an informal collection of stories describing the emotions associated with the first time. Though I am no longer a virgin, I wish I would have had this book when I was younger.
I really enjoyed the fact that the authors didn't preach anything and let me, the reader decide how to feel.
When I am a parent, I w...more
The Virgin Diaries is a book of seventy-two anonymous stories compiled by the authors about people's (men, women, lesbian and gay.) first time.

I really did not know what to think going into this book either. I mean, yes, I read the blurb so I knew it would be sets of stories about people's first time. But I guess I thought it would be a lot more sexual and really, though it is about sex, there was a lot of emotion in the book that I did not expect.

And I have to say that I really liked this book....more
When Kimberley approached me to review The Virgin Diaries, a book she collaborated with her mother, I was immediately amazed. The Virgin Diaries is written for virgins. I mean, how many books out there are created to help virgins understand what really goes on during sex? None that I can think of!

The Virgin Diaries contains a series of true stories. Both men and women from 20 to 77 recall one of their most personal moments : the loss of their virginity. They were sent a series of questions to an...more
The Virgin Diaries is a compilation of essays submitted anonymously. The anonymity allowed the writers to share stories they normally might not have, including emotions they felt before, during, and after. The book is evenly divided between stories from women and stories from men. There are, of course, a few stories from men who had the attitude, "She was there, and I'm a guy. I wasn't going to say no," but many of them had an emotional bond with the women to whom they gave their virginity. It d...more
Shellie Blevins
It took me back in time. I wish I had this book to read when I was coming of age! I loved it!
Alexandria Nicole
This is a very helpful read. I will admit I didn't read them all because after I while I just didn't feel like I needed to. I got the point the stories were trying to make. Everyone might take something different from these stories and I think that it seems very informative and helpful. Would recommend.
No one ever speaks to you about *your first time* whether it's the wedding night or fumbling in a car back seat. It's supposed to be roses and fireworks, in my case it was thorns and a lot of smoke. I wished I had had this book Forty years ago.
Shannon Baas
This was an interesting book. it gives the viewpoints of 72 people on how they lost their virginity and what led up to it and happened afterwards. Very interesting reading.
Chelsea Bloom
It's about time someone put out a book like this! Very interesting. Two thumbs up!
An interesting look on virginity. Very unique book.
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