Published April 24th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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A novel about love, loss, and sex — but not necessarily in that order.
Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby’s father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives — in other words, no “bad behavior,” no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision — to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.
I really enjoyed this audiobook! I loved the fact that it was read by Ms. Jackson Pearce herself. This book was a fairly short one and I found myself wanting to spend every minute listening. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
Shelby had made three promises to her dying mother and She is doing everything in her power to keep the promises.
So, there were a few times during this book that I couldn’t help but think…”WTH is she doing?” All I kept thinking was thatShelbywas old enough to know better and how could she possibly think that her mother would want her to lose her virginity to some random guy???
Jonas and Ruby were great secondary characters! All along, you could tell that Ruby was a force to be reckoned with and tended to be the little devil on Shelby’s shoulder. Jonas on the other hand was her voice of reason. (Even though she never seemed to listen!)
Overall, I think Ms. Pearce did a great job with this contemporary novel. I would love for her to write another.