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The V club

by Brian, Kate, 1974-

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA BRI
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA BRI
 
 
Summary
When Victoria A. Treemont, the most revered and reclusive woman in Ardsmore, Pennsylvania, passes away, she leaves behind a $160,000 scholarship fund that rocks the worlds of the students at Ardsmore High School. The successful candidate must "exemplify purity of soul, spirit, and body." Everyone agrees that this caveat can mean only one thing: The recipient of the scholarship must still be holding on to the big V.
Welcome to the V Club -- where members embrace abstinence, get off on civic duties, and heat up their chances to clinch the Treemont scholarship. What better way to prove purity than to pledge allegiance to the virginity flag? Besides, chastity belts are sooo 1300s.
Kai, Mandy, Debbie, and Eva have put their futures on the line. But will their deepest insecurities and darkest secrets ruin their chances at the scholarship, or worse, their relationships? Or will they discover the true meaning behind Mrs. Treemont's famous last words?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 9-12. Call it the Nunnery of the Traveling Pants--or, in the lingo of the recent teen-hormone fest by Melvin Burgess (see companion review), Not Doing It. Produced by 17th Street Productions, the same book mill responsible for Ann Brashares' Pants duet, this slickly packaged novel deals with the strain that vying for the same scholarship puts on a group of friends, all senior girls. What makes the competition particularly freighted is its unusual stipulation: the winning candidate must exemplify purity of soul and body. The Virginity Club, or V Club, evolves as a resume-friendly way for students to proclaim their purity. Although the alternating perspectives--four in all--prevent character from gaining much depth, they do allow Brian, author of The Princess & the Pauper (2002), to represent the full range of teens' attitudes about sex and levels of sexual experience. In the end, though, the focus is more on the shifting dynamics among the friends than anything else; when intimate situations occur, Brian keeps things strictly PG-13. Problems resolve tidily and purposefully by story's end, with lessons about self-respect, honesty among friends, and frequently unpredictable ramifications of sexual decisions nicely absorbed. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Despite its suggestive title (the "V" in "V Club" does indeed stand for virginity), the big swoons in Brian's (The Princess and the Pauper) novel are mostly reserved for the ultimate goal of being admitted to the selective college of one's choice. High school best buds Kai, Debbie, Eva and Mandy find themselves at odds with one another when they enter the competition for a recently created college scholarship fund that (along with the usual) requires its winner to "exemplify purity of mind and body." In order to boost their chances, the girls form the V Club, a service organization that promotes chastity. The peppy narrative and a multitude of intersecting plot lines (each told from the point of view of one of the four girls) keep the novel humming along. While athletic Kai comes to terms with the aftermath of a relationship gone sour, picture-perfect Mandy struggles to cope with a family crisis that threatens to destroy her orderly world, and shy Eva gingerly embarks on her first-ever romance. Meanwhile, aspiring fashion designer Debbie realizes that her free-wheeling ways with the opposite sex have earned her a reputation that doesn't match up with the facts. Despite some bumps along the road, each one of these likable heroines is rewarded with exactly the happy ending that suits her best. A feel-good message about remaining true to oneself provides just enough ballast to prevent this fluffy confection from floating entirely away. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Scholarships -- Fiction.
Sexual abstinence -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 280 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0689867646
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