Amelia O'Donohue is So Not a Virgin
I Never Tell Other People's Secrets...
Amelia O'Donohue was stunning. We all knew we were in the presence of tremendous beauty, humbled by her eyes and by her expensive designer clothes. We all deferred to her, waiting for her to initiate conversation, and hanging on every word she said.
So when Amelia asked for my help, What was I to do? Did I have a choice? It's not lik...more
I love Helen Fitzgerald's Adult Fiction, which are darkly funny, wild and always surprising. So I was pretty much absolutely thrilled to hear she had a YA novel coming out.
And it's got a different flavour to most YA out there. It's got the same trademark gutsy pacing - it doesn't linger over scenes but keeps pushing on forward making it a swift and page-flipping read.
I LOVED ADORED the Scottish setting. More please.
As a protagonist, Rachel is pretty different. She's a perfectionist, she's angsty...more
This one was unexpectedly great.
I LOVED Rachel Ross, the buttoned-up heroine of "Amelia O'Donohue Is So Not A Virgin." She's not always the most obviously likeable, but there is something incredibly endearing and loveable about her. As a fellow lonely, grade-obsessed neurotic, I really related to her and understood her. Fitzgerald has a brilliant way with her heroines - Rachel's voice is captivating and addictive, but she's also incredibly flawed, and she's oh so different from most gra...more
Liked it more than I thought I would. Had a nice twist that I should have seen coming but didn't. Love those. In short, a quick read about a quirky girl who goes to boarding school in Scotland but manages to be a deeper look at family, sacrifices and the secrets we keep. Kind of went a bit disturbing there for a bit with the "big secret" but I like disturbing so it worked out fine for me!
This book had me at "asthma". Being an asthmatic myself, I like reading about characters who deal with the same thing. Amelia O'Donohue Is So Not a Virgin sounds like a fun book from the title alone. Rachel Ross (sidenote: Friends reference, anyone? :D) is uptight...but that's okay, because her parents finally allowed her to go to the boarding school she wanted, so she can go to Oxford. She works hard to be the best in class, until she discovers a secret that cou...more
It is about secrets, and the danger of keeping them too well hidden.
Rachel keeps secrets. Not her own, she keeps everyone else's secrets. She knows who had an abortion, who sneaks out in the middle of the night, who throws up to keep thin, and which teacher is messing around with which student. People tell her their secrets because she never tells. Once, years ago, she shared a secret that resulted in personal tragedy. Now, no matter what, she will not...more
The title and cover of Amelia O'Donohue is So Not a Virgin hint at a novel about friendships and enemies and teen gossip, but there is a greater depth to Helen Fitzgerald's wor...more
One of the most unique qualities that this board school tale has going for it is Fitzgerald's Scottish setting and slang. There are many YA books set in England, but not very many set in Scotland.
It is difficult to review this book without ruining it for others since the book is primarily about secrets. However, it was a fast and engaging read and might serve w...more
I'd recommend this to a more mature female audi...more
Bad things about this book: I couldn't stand any of the characters in it, I probably shouldn't have been surprised by the big reveal, and some parts ((view spoiler)[like Rachel's "dream" and when she was in the ambulance and it alternated between past and present (hide spoiler)]) were really hard to read (possibly because I didn't really care.)["br"]>["br"]>