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Vegan, Virgin, Valentine

(V Valentine #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,979 ratings  ·  379 reviews
"Warmth and humor suffuse the story of Mara's senior-year transformation from tense, rigid perfectionist to relaxed, centered graduate. . . . Funny and optimistic." Kirkus Reviews

Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kic
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Katy Johnson
May 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
I read this because I am fascinated by the lack of adolescent literature featuring vegan/vegetarian protagonists, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. The story was okay - nothing groundbreaking, but I was more annoyed that veganism was treated as a "phase" that is synonymous with the need for control over one's life and a rigidity that is emotionally unhealthy. I didn't hate the book, but as someone who has been veggie since the seventh grade, I felt it was just another mainstream mis ...more
Jun 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Haley
I have a very odd, complicated, and mixed relationship with this book. I thought some things were dead on, and others not so much.

Mara is on the fast track. She is in tons of activities in school, she takes college classes, works and basically an all around shining star. She feels like she has everything under control until she finds out maybe she doesn't want the things she thought she wanted. To make things a little more interesting we see V come into the picture. V is her niece that's only ab
Steph (Reviewer X)
Ah, reading this book reminds me of why sometimes it’s good to ignore the negative reviews. Because, honestly, I only requested it for the title, which I thought was absurdly awesome (as are all of Mackler’s up ’til Guyaholic, which is pretty meh). My expectations were between a rock and a hard place, shot to hell by all the low-ratings on Amazon and GoodReads.

But you know what, I actually enjoyed this book. Very much so, in fact.

So I went back through all the negatives to see what people were o
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had read this once before when I was much younger and was very impressed at the age of 13 with Mara Valentine's extreme dedication to her school and upcoming college life. However, reading the book now, I notice how the author glorifies the idea of Mara throwing away her future (dropping out of a prestigious summer college programme, nearly not attending graduation, paying less attention to the last of her schoolwork/finals) just because her boss at the coffee shop she works at has become her ...more
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
This was okay. The whole concept of the niece who is the same age as the aunt going to live together seemed like it would be interesting but it wasn't developed very well. Their relationship in general wasn't developed at all almost. Mara the main character goes from hating her niece V then all of a sudden it seems like they just get a long. It kind of seemed dumb the whole novel and while it did hold my interest there wasn't much to it and it wasn't that deep. The ending bothered me as well. Sh ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it and thought it was cute, however I prefer the author's other novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. That one just has something that's really special and I gave 5 stars to. This book was just good. Which isn't a bad thing!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Somewhere in these pages is an interesting book about discovering who we are, learning how to veer off our planned path when it no longer suits our purposes, and not taking people at face value. I love the idea of a spoiled, much-younger child suddenly having to share her parents with a niece the same age who moves in with them for some needed stability.

What we have instead is a clichéd YA novel that makes it abundantly clear that, if you are an overachieving high-school student, you need to ge
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Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, ya
Ah, YA! So few and far between you are, but I am currently on that page of my list, so I am finding more then usual. This was your typical, type-A personality high school senior who is headed off to Princeton (why not Harvard?) and will enter as a second year, as she has enough AP whateverness to do that. Oy. Someone needs to write a book on a NORMAL person. After reading this book, I totally wanted to write a book on my senior year, which while accomplished nothing, was awesome. ANYWAY. The gir ...more
Steph Su
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Senior Mara Valentine has got the most well-put-together life. She got in early decision to Yale, is chairperson of numerous committees, holds down a steady job at a locally owned coffee shop, and is determined to beat her ex, Travis, in the valedictory race. In short, she's all set on breaking out of Brockport, New York.

However, in the second half of her senior year, Mara's niece (yes, niece), who calls herself V, comes to the school. V is a self-proclaimed slut and stoner. Mara hates her, mos
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
It started off okay. I knew what I was getting into what I started it—a typical coming-of-age story that has some of the usual cliches about high school and growing up.
But I found the main character annoying. She has a complete “change in character” towards the end, but I have no idea why…other than the fact that she just can. Which didn’t at all fit the book or the character. I honestly didn’t see any reason for it.
Along with that, the romance in it felt completely forced. She says early on tha
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh-hate
Craptastic. And don't make "Vegan" the first word in your title unless you're prepared to get a whole S***storm of disgust from actual vegans who picked up the book excited about a vegan protagonist, only to read about a hypocritical, egotistical, completely oblivious bint. Yes, I used the word "bint." For the first time. In all of it's contextual glory. Also, she's not vegan, by any stretch of the term.

It wasn't just the vegan thing; the title was awful, the story was unimaginative, cliched (s
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
fabulous title (so memorable!), but the book was so less than. I particularly had issues with the ending, mostly because there really was no ending. It seemed to me like the author didn't want to go through the trouble of thinking up a valedictorian speech, so she left her character unprepared for one of the biggest moments of her life. And then the reader was just left hanging, wondering what happened at graduation after the big build-up.

Overall, after a strong start with the title, the book w
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: already-read
Honors Student and all-around Perfect Child Mara is thrown for a loop when her niece V (who is only a year younger than her) moves in. This book started out well- I really identified with Mara, since I was also an overachiever. But it kind of got lost along the way. It was a quick read, but I guess I didn't like the romance aspect. Or the seeming moral of "If it feels good, it must be good." (I think that's called emotional reasoning, and psychologists will tell you to avoid it.)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler is actually my first book to read this year. The story is light and short. It's a good read to start the year. The story is all about Mara Valentine, a straight-A senior high school student who's taking college courses so that she will enter Yale as a second year already. She's living under the expectations of her parents because her older sister (almost 20 years of age gap) is the black sheep of the family, didn't pursue college, has no concrete direc ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2019
It was a good book but really slipped off near the end. Disappointed with the ending.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mara is a strict vegan. She's taking college classes, she has early acceptance to Yale and she's a virgin. Mara thinks her life is going just fine, until her niece V, who is only a year younger than her, moves in and everything changes. V is Mara's total opposite. She's loud, she's rude and having a good time is number one on her priority list. Mara doesn't know how to handle her, and lately she's having trouble concentrating on anything at all. She keeps dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Another book about an overachiever with the path of her life planned out, merely coasting on her way to Yale. Like Vanessa in Plan B, Mara's life is overset by the arrival of a relative who comes to live with her family for the new school year. And like Reed, V is something of a screw-up and rebel. Indeed, these books are very similar; though I think Plan B is marginally better for its approach to the romantic (or unromantic) elements of Vanessa's life.

Mara isn't terribly likeable, really. She's
Katie G
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Karina Perales
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In Vegan Virgin Valentine, Mara Valentine has a somewhat perfect life. She's an honors student, going to Yale, a perfect daughter and planning on entering Yale as a second year student. But then comes her niece Vivienne Vail Valentine or V and she comes and changes her life. At first Mara hates V for fooling around with her ex-boyfriend Travis Hart, smoking behind her parents back and giving herself a bad reputation at school. But as the book goes on you can see how V changes Mara's life also fo ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, z-2016, fiction, reviewed
Mara's one of those girls, the ones who seem to be effortlessly at the top of everything. Vying for the top ranking in school, a list of extracurriculars as long as her arm, a job she likes, doting parents. She's passionate about her veganism. She has her Ivy League acceptance in hand and plans to finish university a year early. And then along comes her just-barely-younger-than-Mara niece, and things change.

I read this largely for the fact that it had 'vegan' in the title, and I was curious to s
Belissa Etienne
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mara is in high school and she is a very goo student. She takes extra curricular things, college classes, and sports. Her life is basically going well. But then her cousin,V, comes and she doesn't really have a good relationship with her. V is the type of girl that can just really get any guy she wants. So Mara sees that and gets a boyfriend but she keeps it on the down low. When this happens it creates other not so great things to happen, which I'm going to leave for you to read and you to find ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vegan Virgin Valentine is a book written by Carolyn Mackler, and its about Mara Valentine, who is a good girl. She gets good grades, shes a strict vegan, and shes running against her womanizing ex-boyfriend for valedictorian. She even got into Yale. Shes all her parents could have ever wanted, and everything was going perfectly.. until she got the news from her parents that her sixteen year old neice, V, was coming to live with her. She wasn't exactly V's biggest fan, and she didn't want her to ...more
Eva Becker
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I like the books Carolyn Mackler writes a lot. Her characters have real depth and she doesn't fall into a lot of the cliche and unrealistic ideas of teenage girls that plague young adult fiction. However, the way this book trivialized veganism really bothered me. The main character seems to identify herself as an ethical vegan at the beginning of the book, but as the story goes on it becomes clear that her vegan diet is just the symptom of some sort of bigger, unhealthy "control problem." Finall ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book im reading is "Vegan Virgin Valentine" this book is really good. I feel really comfortable about reading this book. Even though This girl is an straight A student I like it.
I think that I'm going to like this book, I think that it's going to be a good one I made a good choice I'm in chapter 5 and I'm liking it. What I hace read it's that this girl is having problems with V "Vegan" and her mom. She don't want that V stay in her house.
In conclusion I really recommend this book, specia
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very interesting and good! It's about a girl named Mara who has to learn to live with her niece who just moved with her. Mara's niece, V is only a couple of years younger. Mara is a girl is gets great grades, but V is very rebellious. V starts to make big impacts on Mara.

I like Mara as a character because I felt that she learned how to become a stronger person in the book.

I thought V was being a little selfish in the book. She should think before she acts.

I recommend this bo
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mara is the seemingly perfect child. Perfect grades and on her way to Yale in the fall, but things start to change when Mara's bad to the bone, "I don't care" niece (who's also the same age as her) comes to stay with her family. Mara begins to rethink her future as a whole and wonders if not sticking on the path that she though was meant for her is the right thing to do. This book was ok. It wasn't the greatest thing I've read, but it also wasn't the worst. I also read it in about a day so it's ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book is for younger readers, maybe high school to early 20's. However, after reading the title and the first page. I was drawn in and had to read it too. I really enjoyed the storyline, I could relate to the main character because I grew up with sheltering parents as well and also wasn't into the dumb things that high schoolers like to sneak around and do. This book is one you won't want to put down and it had a good ending. I just wish the readers could have known a little more ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

Vegan Virgin Valentine is about Mara, the main character dealing with her niece coming to live with her. Her niece is only one year younger than her but they are complete opposites. Mara is the model student. She is competing for valedictorian with her ex-boyfriend Travis Hart. This book is for people who like realistic fiction stories with some different stories. Like substance abuse. I really enjoyed this book because the characters were so defined. The plot line was very different from any
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Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn's novel, The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, received starred reviews and appeared on several bestseller lists. Carolyn ha ...more

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