Posted by: irenesroth | April 11, 2014

Book Review: “The Last Virgin Alive,” by Stephanie Crosby

9781495914881_p0_v1_s260x420The Last Virgin Alive
By Stephanie Crosby


This is a riveting novel that every adolescent girl should read. It is sad but also empowering for girls in that it shows the perils of having low self-esteem in our sexual culture.


Stephanie is very similar to many teenager girls. She has low self-esteem and has bought into a sex-obsessed culture. This makes her feel vulnerable and lonely. No one wants to socialize with her like they do with the other girls. So, she feels estranged from her peers and like an outsider.


Stephanie also struggles with other problems. She lost her mother, has a difficult time getting along with her sister, and her dad is quite cold to her. But when she tells her friend Gigi about her difficulties, she introduces her to a handsome boy named Adam. She never knew anyone quite like him and she falls in love with him. But is he the answer to all of her worries?

The book is written in journal format. Stephanie talks about her fears, frustrations, anger, and bitterness in an exceptionally open and honest manner. What a GREAT example to adolescent girls who struggle. Journal writing could be a way of overcoming depression and loneliness and it is especially a way for self-expression.


I enjoyed reading the book from beginning to end. It is riveting and it will keep adolescent girls reading and pondering the pages of this book. It is for all adolescent girls, especially those who want to go against the societal tides of what is proper and follow their own values.


Rating: 5 Stars


Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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