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Twenty-nine year old Abby has never had sex and life is passing her by. She's determined to start living her adult life; marriage, a house, kids; but first she must start with the scariest thing of all, losing her virginity. When her boyfriend Ben proves to be the wrong one for her, she leaves on a road trip and falls for Jade, a charming boy who is considerably younger th ...more
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published September 7th 2015 by Bianca Rowena (first published July 31st 2015)
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Kirstie
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics, people with vaginismus disorder
Alright – this review has been a long time coming!

The Virgin Diaries is a quick, easy read that only took me a couple of days to finish without feeling like I spent the entire two days reading. Just a few hours here and there and I flew through it. A nice break from the heavier novels I usually read.

The hopeless romantic in me enjoyed this story. Throughout the entire book, I was always clinging on to the fateful moments where Abby and Jade would be together and those mom
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Amanda Chomiak
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced copy of this novel.
I cried through a lot of it, but even though the ending wasn't the one I had expected, like in life, it ends happily, my criteria for a five star book.
Abby is not the typical romance heroine, older and less experienced, but I think if we admit it, more true to life. Not every woman has the high school/college love story, for whatever reason, and this book is perfect for women in that boat. Jade, sigh, Jade will hold a place in my heart forever. P
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Kaleen
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great characters. Takes you on an emotional ride. 5 stars!
Whitney
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, romance

Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on September 24th:

Abby is a twenty-nine-year-old virgin, but not because she doesn’t want to have sex – it’s too painful for her to try. Fed up with being smothered by her overbearing mother, a boyfriend who doesn’t understand her, and of letting her anxiety disorder drive everything she does, Abby decides to go on a spontaneous trip with her best friend. In this first major act of rebellion Abby finds herself on the shores of Skaha
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TheChinookStoryteller
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Virgin Diaries follows Abby, a girl who finally breaks free from her restricted and controlled life by going on a road trip, where she meets the much younger Jade.

I absolutely loved Jade. He was so tender and sweet throughout the story (and I must add how much I love the name Jade for a guy). I really felt Abby's and Jade's devotion to each other as I read through the story. The dynamic of their age difference also provided a uniqueness to this book (since it most certainly does not str
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Megan Fennell
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet, enjoyable read that felt a bit like dipping into a daydream. The author takes particular care with scene-setting and locational details, which was wonderful, and I found it easy to become invested in the connection between the main characters. Nobody is perfect in this novel - both leads make mistakes, sometimes overlook the obvious, and, in short, are incredibly human. The problems dealt with are (at least to an infrequent reader in this genre!) unique, and handled with realis ...more
Mandy Eve-Barnett
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this love story with a twist. The author has dealt with a sensitive matter in an excellent way and given hope to many sufferers who stay silent.
The love story is endearing and I was carried along by the characters wants and needs.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
Ellyn Daly
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel was a sweet story and a very enjoyable read.
Joan Mettauer
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the same time both entertaining and educational (I've lived 60 years without hearing a word about the medical problem plaguing Abby!), I found The Virgin Diaries to be a heart-warming book. It touched all of the right emotions: love, fear, joy, sorrow and happiness. I found myself captured and emotionally involved with the main characters, Abby and Jade. Although this first novel by Bianca Rowena fits nicely into the YA genre, I recommend it to women of all ages. Well done, Bianca! I look for ...more
Linda Penner
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is the gripping coming of age story of a slightly naïve 29 year old woman. You will stick by her through the struggles of burdening family demands and society’s expectations. But in the heart of this story lies the often debilitating, and frequently misunderstood, issue of social anxiety disorder. Looking forward to more from Bianca Rowena!
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Bianca Rowena was born in Romania, Transylvania and has enjoyed writing from a young age. She now lives in Canada, which is the setting and inspiration for her novels. She lives with her daughter and husband in Southern Alberta.