Adult Virgins Anonymous by Amber Crewe #BookReview #HodderandStoughton #NetGalley #4.5*

Are you still a virgin? Want to talk about it in a safe space?
Meetings every other Tuesday.
You’re not alone.

Kate Mundy’s life is not going to plan. Nearing thirty, she’s been made redundant from her job, her oldest friends have quietly left her behind, and she can barely admit her biggest secret: she’s never even been on a date, let alone taken her underwear off with a member of the opposite sex.

Freddie Weir has spent most of his twenties struggling severe OCD and anxiety, and now his only social interactions consist of comic book signings and fending off intrusive questions from his weird flatmate Damien. There’s no way Freddie could ever ask a girl out and now he’s wondering if this is the way it might be forever.

When Freddie and Kate meet at a self-help group for adult virgins, they think they might just be able to help each other out so they can both get on with finding their real romantic destinies.

But might these two have more in common than just their lack of experience?

Funny, Touching Read!

What a great read! Based on feelings of awkwardness but still managing to be funny and entertaining.

Kate’s life hasn’t quite followed the path she thought it would; approaching thirty, her career plan has imploded, her long term friends are no more and her hopes of marriage and motherhood are just distant memories. After all, if you’ve never had sex then the rest can’t follow on. Freddie is a sensitive soul who has suffered a lot during his twenties and his confidence has taken a real battering because of it. He has become almost reclusive and a relationship with a woman is further away than ever it was. When Kate and Freddie meet up at a group for virgins, they realise that they may just be able to help build each other’s confidence enough to introduce them to the world of dating.

Reading this novel reminded me of the teenage years when confidence wasn’t my greatest thing (but I did fare better than those two). It’s very easy to empathise with both characters; in a world where everyone at least appears to be outgoing, it’s hard for those who are shy or have stuff going on in their lives which eats away at what little confidence they have, but this author has her finger on the pulse of these emotions and gets them across clearly. Not only that, she brings in a lightness of tone and a bit of humour making this a really enjoyable read. It’s a well-written novel, carefully describing what could be a difficult subject in an easy way. Definitely different and well worth reading, and one I’m happy to give 4.5 stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romantic comedy

Author’s Bio

Amber Crewe is the alter-ego of Nicole Burstein, who lives in North London with her family and multiple bichon frises. In the past, Nicole has worked as a gallery attendant at the Natural History Museum, a bookseller for Waterstones, and used to present the traffic and travel news on various radio stations including LBC and local BBC Radio. Her current day job is in Customer Support for a financial technology company. She completed her Creative Writing Masters with Birkbeck College in 2011 and has been trying to make the writing career happen ever since. In her spare time, Nicole is a keen embroiderer and consumer of pop culture (in other words, she does cross-stitch whilst binge watching series on Netflix). She has a total of three Blue Peter badges, has an unending appetite for sourdough bread, and has never seen any Die Hard films. When the world gets too much, she watches YouTube videos of rollercoasters to relax.

Social Media

Twitter: @Nicole Burstein

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