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The V Club

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The V Club

The V Club is started when a group of high school students vie for a scholarship to be awarded to someone on the basis of "purity," among other things. What does that mean? No one knows for certain, but friends Mandy, Kai, Debbie and Eva think it may be about virginity.

In the same style as the popular SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares, this story follows the four girls on a rotating basis so readers see their points of view individually. They each need the scholarship for college in the fall and grapple with certain issues.

Mandy was just getting ready to take things with her long-term boyfriend to the next level. Kai may or may not belong in the V Club (she's not saying), but why does the presence of ex-boyfriend Andres cause her such pain? Debbie is known as a tease, but dating several guys does not make her promiscuous, does it? She is also trying to get her father to understand that she doesn't want to study math and science, but rather fashion design. Would he pay for that or even accept it? And Eva --- she's sweet, nice and smart, but still waters run deep. Eva has it bad for the fabulous Riley --- but does he want Debbie like the rest of them?

THE V CLUB takes this likeable cast and intertwines them in a plot with many surprises. Rather than identifying with a certain character, readers will be more likely to find that there is some of each of the girls in themselves. This book is not about sexuality --- it's about wanting to grow up and knowing when you are (or are not) ready to do so.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on April 6, 2004

The V Club
by Kate Brian

  • Publication Date: April 6, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0689867646
  • ISBN-13: 9780689867644