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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (909 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jackson Pearce Narrator: Jackson Pearce Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hilarious and heartfelt story about what happens when a teenage girl actually tries to honor all the promises that adults demand from her while staying true to herself. I loved this book.”

    Jennifer Echols, award-winning author of Endless Summer and Love Story

  • “Many teens will find Shelby’s emotional journey worth following…a satisfying read.” 

    VOYA

  • “Shelby’s biting, irreverent first-person narration finely blends the humor and pain of her situation…A purely satisfying look at mourning and sexuality—and even their connection.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Smart and thought provoking.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " I really liked this book, particularly the struggle with faith within the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Renee | 1/18/2014

    " Read this all in one sitting. Author poked fun at herself by having the MC comparing her life to the plot of a sitcom, and it holds true to a point. However, I really enjoyed how the author captured the voice of teenaged life, however 7th Heaven-y parts of the plot were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney | 1/16/2014

    " Cute, easy read. Predictable, and kinda too simply tied up. BUT sometimes that's what you want. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nicholle Blaine | 12/1/2013

    " This was a really short book. Definitely a Loryn book. "

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About the Author
Author Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once but didn’t make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. In addition, she coaches both color guard and winter guard at a local high school. She began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.