The Pledge by Christine Manzari & Laura Ward
College Bound #1
Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.
Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.
When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he’s worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can’t deny the chemistry they share.
Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?
The Pledge is a new standalone novel, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
It’s been ages since I’ve read a NA novel, and this was a sweet reminder of the genre.
I liked the twist of Taren being in a sorority and being the more socially accepted college norm and Alec choosing a more alternative ‘straight edge’ lifestyle. I think this book sort of made the drinking party girl lifestyle look a bit vapid and immature.
Honestly I thought Alec came across as a bit of a judgemental dick for most of this book!! He was gutless and mean in high school and just a bit of a condescending prick in college. Don’t get me wrong he had moments of pure genius where he was part alpha god, part perfect gentleman, but I just hated the part where he was just a little unreasonable!!
I liked Taren but she needed to ditch the men and find some self-worth!!!!! Her self-esteem was awful and I wanted to shake her that she allowed herself to be manipulated and changed herself and her life by other people’s opinion.
There is a love story here and the connection between Taren and Alec when they were good was hot and I felt a sort of young passion between them.
What let this book down was the overall feeling of self-righteousness, this whole story just felt like it was looking down its nose at you and that annoyed me!!
The Pledge gets 3 stars from me.