ARC Review: The Anti-Virginity Pact by Katie Wismer

Preachers’ daughters aren’t supposed to be atheists. They’re also not supposed to make pacts to lose their virginity by the end of the year, but high school senior Meredith Beaumont is sick of letting other people tell her who to be.

Spending the last four years as Mute Mare, the girl so shy just thinking about boys could trigger panic attacks, Meredith knows exactly what it’s like to be invisible. But when a vindictive mean girl gets her manicured claws on the anti-virginity pact and spreads it around the school—with Mare’s signature at the bottom—Mare’s not so invisible anymore. She just wishes she was.

Now the girls mutter “slut” as they pass her in the hall, and the boys are lined up to help complete her checklist. When she meets a guy who knows nothing of the pact, their budding romance quickly transforms from a way to get her first time over with to a genuine connection. But when the pact threatens to destroy her new relationship and the fragile foundation of her seemingly perfect family, Mare has to decide what’s more important: fixing her reputation and pleasing her parents, or standing up for the person she wants to be.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

First of all I love the cover, and that is what first caught my attention. After reading the blurb this sounded like a very interesting book full of teen angst, which I love by the way. I don't read a lot of coming of age/Young adult novels but I wanted to give this one a try. I was definitely intrigued and looked forward to what would happen. However, the second half/last quarter became a bit of a mess. It was very chaotic and a lot was going on, some of it felt a bit unrealistic in my opinion. Also I had a very hard time connecting to the main character Meredith. However, the author was able to keep me curious enough to finish the book, which isn't always easy. But at the end of the day this was just an okay read for me. I wasn't sucked into the story, and I was just on the outside looking in. I didn't feel anything for the characters, which is a big deal for me when I am reading a book. Maybe it is just me, so if you are intrigued by what you read in the blurb then I say give it a go.

About the Author

Katie Wismer is a diehard pig-lover, semi-obsessive gym rat, and longtime sucker for a well-written book. She studied creative writing and sociology at Roanoke College and now lives in Colorado with her cats Max and Dean.

She spends most of her free time on her Youtube channel Katesbookdate where she chats about books, life, and veganism.

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