by Jackson Pearce


Shelby promises three things to her dying mother: that she will listen to her father, love as much as possible, and live without restraint. When she is asked by her father to go to a Princess Ball to pledge a pure life, Shelby thinks she must create a loophole and lose her virginity first.

As crazy as this plot sounds, the narrative was handled with grace. Shelby struggles with a lot of questions; questions about sex, God, death, friendship, and love. She makes mistakes and decisions and starts to come to terms with who she is.

My favorite parts of the book were the moments when Shelby and her father start to shakily rebuild their relationship. A lot of Shelby’s romantic exploits were fairly predictable, but the genuine moments with her dad were full of truth and joy. Look for the greatest cake tasting of all time.


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