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The Anti-Virginity Pact

(The Pact #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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
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Published June 16th 2020 by Ahimsa Press
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Mar 30, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Guess the cat's out of the bag now, huh? ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, arcs
I’m so SAD.

I wish I could praise this book and shout my love from the rooftops, but instead I find myself in the situation where I have to write a very difficult review. Some people say “you should try to write a book yourself, instead of hating on the work of other people more talented than you”, as if writing rant reviews is easy. I’m here to tell you, no it’s NOT easy. It’s not fun.
So. I didn’t like a single thing about this book, apart from the passable writing style. The rest was a literal
Valliya Rennell
3.75 stars
**Many thanks to NetGalley, Kate Wismer, and Xpresso Book Tours for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I also never watched Kate Wismer's YouTube channel. Release date: June 16, 2020**

I have no clue how to review The Anti-Virginity Pact. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad but purely on enjoyment, I have to rank it higher. I think that if one doesn't overanalyse this, they will find it a pleasurable read, but when you stop and think about things, you'll realise there are
this book had the potential to be a gritty, thought provoking and powerful story, but ultimately it felt diluted by the sheer amount of issues it attempted to cover, and an inconsistent tone.

what I liked

the way religion was handled
This was initially the thing that made me want to read the book in the first place. I find discussions about religion really interesting largely due to its divisive nature. Religion tends to be a touchy subject, and I find that it is often neglected in young
NAT.orious reads ☾
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 STARS ★★★★✩
This book is for you … especially if you’re struggling in a social surrounding that is so religious their belief and behaviour in relation to it makes you miserable. Those who would like to experience a hushed part of religious practice will also enjoy this book. TW: Christian fanaticism, bullying, sexual assault, violence.

DISCLAIMER. If you’re religious and struggle with the criticism towards it, this book and review might not be for you until you're able to be more open
Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me via Netgalley for an honest review.


“For the record, I don’t normally have a predisposition for making bad decisions.”


Cause girl,

yeah you do.

The Anti-Virginity Pact is a YA Contemporary about two senior girls who make a pact to lose their virginity before the end of high school. As the closet-atheist daughter of a preacher, Meredith’s anxiety has always made her shy and kept her in the shadows. Wanting to finally gain exper
maura delaney
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Okay I have many thoughts.

Okay I want to first start by saying that I don’t want anyone to think that I didn’t enjoy this book. I did. I inhale read it in less than 24 hours and overall did enjoy my time. Let's start with some of the things I did like about the book. First of all, the writing is great. I constantly wanted to keep reading and I was engaged throughout the entire story. I will definitely be reading the next book this author puts out because it was very entertaining. That being sai
The Book and Beauty Blog
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
*I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

**There may be some spoilers.

I absolutely love Katie's Youtube channel. She is so dedicated to all of her projects and often inspires me to work harder. When she announced The Anti-Virginity Pact, I couldn't wait. I was even more excited when I was chosen for an ARC. All of those things are what makes this review so hard to write...

I did not like this book at all. I expected a gritty, YA drama but that just isn't what this
Susan's Reviews
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This debut author has a bright future ahead of her. The writing is snappy, youthful and real.
I was expecting light and frothy. Wrong.
Religious fervour - or, in this case, fanaticsm - takes the spotlight in this story. Some parents are willing to beat the fear (if they can't put the love) of God into their wayward, sinning children. Christian Camps, organized d0g fighting and teen slut-s
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

This is a book that will no doubt be controversial due to the array of topics that are included in the story. There were moments when I was reading that I thought that there may be a little TOO much controversial topics for one novel but I understand how it was all integrated and the novel was done well. I will say that it's a very unique and different story--one that definitely has not been written before.

I don't even know the genre in which this novel would be categorized. At first,
I read this ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own!

Before I even say anything about this book, I must first make it abundantly clear how much I respect and admire its author. Katie's YouTube channel is one of my favorites, and when she announced that she had written a novel I immediately went to NetGalley and requested an ARC. You can only imagine how excited I was to get approved for one, and how disappointed I was in the fact that I really did not enjoy this boo
Kira Petty
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: This might be for some people who like Autoboyography
Shelves: two-star
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lucy Goodfellow
Apr 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
⭐1 Star⭐

A story about juvenile inconsistent characters that is as exposition-heavy as it is declarative.

The desire to break away from your parent's ethics is universal and this could have been a very powerful novel about escapism within a religious household. But it was underwhelming and poorly paced. So many characters were introduced at once and the hyperbolic unrealistic dialogue made for a less than engaging read even in high stakes moments. I think Wismer tried to do too much here and if t
**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,
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.

I really like Katie Wismer and her videos, so I was very excited to read this book. However, this book was kinda meh for me.

The characters felt like they were 14-15 years old, not 18. They made so many stupid decisions.

The pacing of the book was all over the place. The first half was slow and everything starts happening in the second half, and by "everything" I mean everything . The plot takes such ridiculous and unnecessary turns. Like what was even the point
Emotional. Infuriating. Eye-opening.

What a powerful debut novel. I went into this book with zero expectations--so neither high nor low hopes--but I was still excited. The premise sounded promising, and I enjoy watching this author talk about her writing process so I knew I just had to try and get my hands on a copy. That being said, thank you so much to NetGalley for letting me review this book early in exchange for my honest thoughts.

The Anti-Virginity Pact had a very solid beginning, although
I think this is a very good book and I certainly enjoyed my time with it. It handles a lot of heavy subjects perfectly and I love how it broke some taboos!

The concept itself was already really interesting, but the actual virginity pact was a smaller part of the story than I had thought it would be (which I didn’t mind though!).

This is not a book I could love, unfortunately. Luckily I didn’t expect it to do that for me; it lived up to my expectations though.

A good writing style, fun but dark and
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook, netgalley
The Anti Virginity Pact ⭐️
Meredith And her best friend Jo sign a pact. A stupid pact, Meredith is the first to admit that its stupid and ridiculous but they sign a pact to lose their virginity before the end of senior year. Meredith is a preachers daughter which makes her the perfect candidate for this because everyone loves to break the rules as a pastors kid right?
After reading this much about it I didnt think I would enjoy this. I had heard of the author from youtube and wanted to show my su
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is about Meredith who is all round good girl. She is very quiet and she suffers which anxiety. Her best friend Johanna is the complete opposite to her. They both make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate. They both have to sign the contract. This comes back to haunt Meredith at one point in the book.

This isn’t a light hearted contemporary YA book. It addresses lots of serious topics including sexual assault, bullying, religion and other topics.

When I originally request
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
*DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley before it's release in exchange for a review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher!

Picking up this book felt like watching a friend get up on stage and perform a talent for the first time. I wanted to fall in love with this book and for it to be a page-turner but it fell flat for me. Katie Wismer definitely held her own with The Anti-Virginity Pact but there are elements of her craft to work out before she becomes the excellent YA aut
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Review to come
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This is a book that sounded extremely promising on the outside, but a bit strange and disjointed once opened. While I do think there are positives to discuss (and I'll keep them at the end, yanno, ending on a positive note and all that!), there are quite a few problems I had with the book that took me out of the story and made me like it less than I could have.
The major problem I had with this book is that it tried to tackle too many topics. For reference, here is everything I pieced together du
Paula  Phillips
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before I started this book, I didn't realize that it would have a heavy Christianity focus in the book but as someone who doesn't mind reading Christian books, it didn't hinder me in enjoying this book. Our book introduces us to our two main characters Meredith and her best friend Johanna. Meredith and Johanna are in their final year of high school and have decided that this year they will lose their V-cards and together in a drunken haze - make an Anti-Virginity pact. Normally this wouldn't hav ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kajree Gautom
Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Erm what the hell was this book 🙆
The title and the blurb both sounded so good but the story had nothing. Nope.
So it all starts with our goody-goody MC Meredith aka Mare and her best friend Johanna signing a pact to lose their virginity by the end of the senior year. Cool. Interesting. What harm could it do, eh?
Turns out - a lot 🙂😂
Filled to the brim with drama, this was a hot mess, not kidding. First, the characters were so underdeveloped. Our MC had serious anxiety, it turned out, but later th
Paige Olausen
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic first novel for Katie. Cannot wait to read more of her work, and recommend this to everyone I see. Even if they don't know me. Just yelling it from my apartment widow to the city below.

This book captures what many writers of YA fiction forget - that an 18 year old is going to act like a child one moment and a mature adult another. The characters show that diversity beautifully. I think it is easy to forget that everything that happens in your immediate environment feels like a big de
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
dnf at 50%
I am so sad that i could not bring myself to finish this book.
I did not like the plot at all, the characters were immature and I couldn't relate to any of them. Everything felt just bland.
And to be completely honest I was quite bored while reading.
I was really excited to read this book, just because the story seemed to explore themes i'm really interested in.
*copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
✨Emily | Procrastinating • Bibliophile
*** E-arc kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

“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.” The Anti-Virginity Pact is a coming-of-age story about religion, rock-solid friendships, first loves and finally standing up for who you want to be.

I have been a viewer of Katie’s YouTube c
Kaylani Gallardo
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so freaking fantastic! I started reading this during a reading slump so it took me a while to get through it (no fault of the book just my own issues) But I absolutely loved it! The writing was very simple and easily digestible! I loved the characters and I was able to relate to pretty much all of them in one way or another! The overall character arch and growth was done very well and I appreciate the fact that most of the issues the character was facing was put in the book for a r ...more
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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.

When she's not writing, reading, or wrangling the cats, you can find her on her YouTube channel Katesbookdate or at

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