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No Virgin

(No Virgin #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  110 reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persu
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Hot Key Books (first published November 2016)
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Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I'm was so excited to read this when I was that the sequel 'No Shame' was coming out and after reading this one, the duology feels like a novel of two parts. The first tells the story of Stacey Woods' rape - how different circumstances built to something unthinkable. It was definitely powerful and an important story to tell, particularly with its very positive stance towards seeking support and advice from charities and friends. (The phone call with the lady from Rape Crisis was the best part of ...more
I really wanted to love this book, anything that discusses rape and rape culture is incredibly important and I definitely think we need more books like this out there aimed at the YA market. It's a topic we want to get teens (both girls and boys) talking and thinking about so I have to credit the author for trying but unfortunately this book just isn't working for me and I'm not going to push myself to finish it.

The fact that it's taken me a month to read 114 pages (when I normally get through a

One has to appreciate what Anne Cassidy was trying to do in writing this book, in which a seventeen-year-old girl battles with herself as she tries to decide if she can bring herself to report her rape.

It’s an important, powerful, necessary conversation to have, but the execution in this instance left a lot to be desired.

We join Stacey hiding in the bathroom after she’s been raped. She eventually gets up, grabs her things, and leaves, her rapist smiling at her all the while
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No virgin is heartbreaking but so wonderfully written. I couldn't stop turning the pages. This is a raw powerful novel that I very highly recommend. Stacey Woods was raped. It was a terrible sexual attack that she felt that she couldn't go to police or talk about to anyone. I think this a very important story that sends a strong message to any female that is raped, don't let the person get away with it, because that same person that rapes one young girl or a woman will rape again until he is cau ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fairly short read with a lot jammed into it.

I reminded myself this was a YA book and to think like a young person. I found that helped me enormously to relate to Stacey and her mindset.

Stacey has a sister who got pregnant at a very young age, life isn’t always easy at home with her sister, her child and her mother.

One day things get tense and Stacey decides she needs some time out. Her plan of where she was heading was to her Fathers Home. She knew her father and stepmother wouldn’t be
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: allen-unwin
3.5 Stars.
No Virgin is the harrowing, traumatic and compelling narrative of seventeen year old Stacey, the victim of Rape.

The reader is introduced to Stacey as a frustrated seventeen year old, a young woman living in the shadow of friend Patrice and placated by her mother who rationalises her younger sibling's behaviour. Stacey is demoralised by her sister and her feelings disregarded, ultimately compelling her to seek sola
Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Think it's a case of not being the book for me. Particularly found the ending quite unsatisfying ...more
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
Thanks to NetGalley and Hot Key Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Stacey Woods is not the popular girl. She has big dreams but doesn't even have enough confidence to share them with anyone but her best friend Patrice. Her younger sister just had a baby and her mom is always on her side. Her dad just started dating and its getting serious. When Stacey has a really rough day and runs from her house, she tries her best friend first who is running around with anoth
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book focuses on such an important topic; rape, especially among teens/young people. We definitely need more books that discuss consent, rape, sexual abuse and the emotions involved and the aftermath.
I thought the way this book was told from the perspective of the main character, starting from an argument with family and leading up to about a week after the rape, was written quite well. I would have preferred to find out more about what Stacey hopes to do next, but I have noticed a seque
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Rape isn't a place or situation for anyone to be. Therefore I feel sorry for Stacey.

This is a short book telling The story of Stacey and how she met her rapist, how she revealed to her friends, and how she's going to open up.

It was a very brave ending and I wish to know what will happen next!
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a small book can have a huge impact.

When I first started reading this, I was prepared to read some horrible things but when the start went out and said it, I thought that was it. But after that second time, I knew something was coming but I didn't realise how jarring it would be.

I should have expected it to be like that. But when I red it, I was so repulsed I was mad. I didn't want to author to write about it like this. I felt like it was a violation of my trust, thinking the start had bee
Holly Sparks
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerfully written novel. This book addresses such important issues in such a way that I feel that this book should be a compulsory read for everyone. Five stars!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
This book tells the story of how seventeen-year-old Stacey Woods was raped. After she has an argument with her mother and sister, Stacey goes to spend the night at her dad's place, and the next day she heads to a cafe before going home. Whilst there she meets Henry, a boy who has a lifestyle completely opposite to her own. He's rich, has connections, and goes to a private school. Stacey is whisked away by his charm and attention. That chance meeting leads to a chain of events that spiral into a ...more
Adele Broadbent
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-teens-14
Stacey has had an argument with her mum and sister and she needs some space and time to herself. Even her best friend Patrice has lied to her and she needs to escape them all.

When a handsome guy sits down next to her in a cafe and strikes up a conversation she suddenly feels better about herself. He offers her a place to stay and she can't believe what she's doing, but enjoys the distraction from her normal life.

But within 24 hours, normal life is all she craves. To go home and back to school an
Karen Barber
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC.
This novel, which unflinchingly tells the story of Stacey's rape, is not a comfortable read but like Louise O'Neill's Asking for It we see a young girl put in an awful situation and working out how to come to terms with what happened to her.
We are immediately told what has happened to Stacey, and that her best friend has asked her to write an account of events. This means that, initially, though we feel sympathy for the situation Stacey is in,
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this book was overall a very powerful read, if only for the topic of rape it deals with. However, I would have liked for it to go into more depth with the characters, who sometimes felt a little flat to me. Overall, I definitely recommend it, although it comes with a trigger warning for a - in my opinion quite graphic - rape scene.
Charlotte (beigepages)
3.5 stars

No Virgin has an important story to tell: that of Stacey Woods and her rape.

It’s crystal clear on how it wasn’t her fault – at all – even if she had been previously willing to have sex, said she was ‘no virgin’, and undressed with someone she liked in the build up to a consensual act. There are strong themes of girl power throughout, with Stacey’s best friend, Patrice, never once doubting her or trying to excuse it, girls Stacey has never met before giving her warnings and opening up t
Missy (myweereads)
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“My name is Stacy Woods and I was raped”

This is one of those books which is difficult to read because of the main topic of its plot. It’s a very detailed account of how this girl called Stacy who is 17 tells you the story of her family life, friends, school and her dreams for her future. It focuses on a series of days that lead up to her rape and how she deals with the aftermath.

I’ll admit I found this quite difficult at many occasions because I could foresee the torment that was going to hit St
Emma Russon
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes in the following review may differ slightly from the final published version of the book.

The beginning of this book was very slow and to be honest quite badly written. The main character was an embarrassment: she is socially awkward and overly hurt by friend situations that aren’t really situations at all. Early on in the book, she turns against Patrice, her so-ca
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is incredibly impactful despite being quite a short book. Will read the next one for sure.
Natalie TBGWP
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I'm sitting here a bit confused over this read. On one hand I thought the plot was really good, but on the other hand I found it extremely boring with lack of empathy and depth. Harsh I know, but honestly I am so confused on how I'm going about writing his review so please bare with me.

The subject, which is an extremely hard one for me personally l, was just not gritty and intense enough. That sounds like I want pleasure from a horrible situation and as awful as it is, I do. We all do. I read f
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a book is pitched as being ideal for fans of Louise O’Neill, it’s hard to resist. No Virgin by Anne Cassidy is the first-hand account of Stacey, a 17-year-old girl with aspirations of attending London College of Fashion. After an argument with her mum and younger sister, she bunks off school to wander around central London. In a cafe, she meets the charming Harry, who offers Stacey his spare room. However, Harry is not the person he appears to be and a series of events lead to Stacey being ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anne Cassidy's No Virgin is about a girl named Stacey Woods who goes through a sexual attack.

The story in my opinion is really well written and has a powerful message. I was hooked from the start and couldn't put the book down when I read it at the start of the year.

I liked how the story had dedicated sections to the before an after the attack and how it showed the uncertainty Stacey had for talking to anyone about it and her thought process on the entire thing.

Stacey's story is truly powerfu
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Wavering between 2 1/2 and 3 stars
Daisy May Johnson
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's taken me a while to figure out how to review this. Much of my thoughts find themselves settling on the cover, which I love. I do, genuinely, love this brilliant and blunt cover. It is unabashed and unashamed which befits the topic immensely. Language has an immediacy, a wonderfully sharp immediacy, because once you understand it, you understand everything. Our conceptualisation of the word differs as to our own personal circumstances but, say, if you read the word 'table' and have an imagin ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I was just getting into this book when it ended! I did enjoy this book (if enjoy is even the right word) but I just wanted it to deliver MORE. No Virgin covers quite a few important topics: rape, consent, virginity and how it's viewing, speaking up, grooming, teenage pregnancy, drinking, toxic relationships... too many topics for a book which is under 200 pages. Which leads me to wonder, why is it so short? Surely the obvious thing would be to carry the story on beyond the ending, and to look at ...more
Pippa Ainsworth
Trigger Warning: Rape

I've had the sequel to this book sitting on my TBR pile for some time and I hadn't realised that there was a first part so downloaded it to my Kindle so I could read Stacey's full story.

This book is short, more of a novella than a novel and it's very clearly the first part in a duology. While there is some resolution to her story in the powerfully written end of No Virgin, it's clearly the end of act one and there is much more to come, which is where No Shame comes in.

This i
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Stacey Woods has been emotionally raped by someone she trusted. She has also been physically raped by his brother. After the perpetrators try to write it off as ‘adult fun’ she knows that she needs to do something to prevent others being hurt. This novel is her story.

Most people will know Anne Cassidy from Looking for JJ, which I gave 4 stars. Th
Megan Jones
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack. Stacey is the victim. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody but her best friend, Patrice. When Patrice cannot persuade Stacey to go to the police she encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey's story. 
'No Virgin' is an extremely powerful read and one that is excellently written and I would expect nothing less from Cassidy. From the beginning we kn
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