Fifteen year old Melanie Cottman's life in her small Los Angeles town has been comfortable to say the least. The only child of two successful, middle-class parents, Melanie has been able to avoid the inner-city trappings that so many other young, black girls face today. Her only knowledge of that life came from television shows and newspapers and even then she felt no connection with it. But everything changes when Melanie's parents get divorced and send her to spend the summer in Philadelphia with family. There, Melanie spends all of her time with her much wilder cousin of the same age, Yolanda. From her first night in the city, Melanie is taken on a crash course in ghetto lifestyle.Young and naive, Melanie is certain that her parent's divorce will mean that she will be living like her cousin soon, so she decides to use the summer vacation to learn everything she'll need to know for the future. It isn't long before Melanie finds herself in bad situations with no idea how to handle them. The story follows the girls during a summer in which they learn a lot about each other and even more about themselves. The Whore and the Virgin is an unfiltered tale about what happens when a young girl makes all the wrong decisions for all the wrong reasons.
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