Before her mother died, Shelby promised her three things: to listen to her father, to live life without restraint, and to love whenever possible. Those promises become harder to keep when she turns sixteen and is still dealing with her father's expectations for his 'little girl.' Then, Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the town's annual Princess Ball -- a traditional father-daughter dance that culminates with a ceremonial vow to live whole, pure lives. In other words, no 'bad behavior,' no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
But Shelby has a Life List, a list of things she wants to do in order to live without restraint like she promised her mother, and always living life by 'the rules' isn't on it. How is she supposed to keep her promise to listen to her father if she refuses to participate in the ball? So Shelby finds herself making a decision -- exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow.
Shelby and her best friend Jonas make a Boy List of potential partners, but somewhere between failed attempts at losing her virginity and spending time with her dad, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.
"The heroines of Pearce's Sisters Red and Sweetly struggled against an outwardly hostile world, and the same is true of Shelby."
Praise for Sisters Red: * "This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go."
—School Library Journal, starred review
Jackson Pearce graduated from the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in philosophy. She's always been a writer, but she's had other jobs along the way, such as obituaries writer, biker-bar waitress, and receptionist. She once auditioned for the circus but didn't make it. Jackson is the author of Fathomless, Purity, Sweetly, Sisters Red, and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a spacey dog and a slightly cross-eyed cat. Her website is www.jacksonpearce.com.