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Named YALSA 2010 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

Raised in a strict household, sixteen-year-old Courtland Murphy never had a date. But that was before the guy of her every dream—basketball star Allen Benson—asked her out. She's gone from never-been-kissed to dating the hottest guy in school. And now her new boyfriend is pressuring her to prove she loves him—by having sex. But as a member of her community's Worth-the-Wait club, Courtland made a vow to stay a virgin.

Now everyone—from friends to family to fellow club members—gives her different advice, from "do it!" to "you made a pledge, girl!" It would be so easy for Courtland to go all the way with Allen, but sometimes his charming personality leaves her wondering. Who knew being in love could be so confusing?

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 037383098X
ISBN-13: 978-0373830985
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches

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"The story reads so vividly and the characters were so true to life that I don’t regret picking the book to try. The issues facing Courtland are complex and ones we hear about all the time. Thank you for never glossing them over or giving Courtland an easy out." --- dearauthor.com

"The Pledge had valuable lessons teenagers should know. We, as parents often times focus on abstinence, forgetting about the other things which can possibly be harmful to them and others. If explaining to your child the reason behind the importance of loving their self first before anyone else is difficult, Ms. Taylor provides a way. I recommend The Pledge to parents and teenagers. There is a lesson to be learned." Jennifer Coissiere, APOOO BookClub

"The Pledge is a prevailing teen novel that doles out priceless lessons on belief, esteem, reputations, mistreatment, alcoholism and sex. As a parent, I was so extremely pleased that author Chandra Sparks Taylor tackled virginity and how widespread HIV is, especially amongst young women in the African American community. The Pledge is undeniably a book worthy of recommendations." Reviewed by Nardsbaby for Urban Reviews


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