The Anti Virginity Pact was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: The Anti Virginity Pact
Author: Katie Wismer
Publication date: June 16th 2020
Genre: young adult contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
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.
When Katie announced she was publishing this book I was really excited to try and get an Arc copy. I’m not a big reader of contemporary but I was really excited to try this book out to one support one of my favourite booktubers and two to see how she tackles the certain topics that are involved in this story.
Trigger warnings: sexual assault, bullying, animal abuse, problems involving religion.
I read this book in one sitting. It was a very fast and quick paced read which I truly enjoyed. Mare is a very naive, shy and quiet young adult who is realizing towards the end of her high school year she hasn’t had the “normal” high school experience. I really related to Mare because I was the exact same as her while in school. I never went to my school dance and I was very shy, socially awkward and had no friends. I really felt the struggles that Mare went through.
Although Mare makes some questionable decisions and huge mistakes trying to deal with the anti Virginity pact coming out which pissed me off it made sense to me because of her naivity.
Although the synopsis tells us that the anti Virginity pact gets out and everyone finds out this doesn’t happen until very far into the book.
I really enjoyed the topics discussed in this story and it really makes you think about things such as religion, atheism, sexual assault and animal abuse. This book does tackle some very serious themes but never makes it too hard to read.
I do feel like this book could have been made a little darker and grittier but I really did love this story and super glad that I read it!
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.