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One sacred promise to keep. Many opportunities to break it. Do you give in? Or stay the course? Hook up—or hold on to your beliefs? That’s the dilemma of twenty-year-old aspiring fashion photographer Adele Moore and her two roommates—Michelle Schroeder, the gorgeous high school class valedictorian, and Keri Zelman, the quirky feminist—founders of the V Society, five girlfriends all pledged to remain abstinent until marriage. Their rallying cry: Legs crossed, nothing lost. Code name: The Impermeables. In this wonderfully candid memoir, Adele recounts the adventures of this rebellious group of college girls—and their unlikely friendship with their polar opposites: a beautiful Serbian Don Juan and a sexy male model look-alike who regularly camp out in the girls’ living room. Will the V Society survive? Can sophisticated, modern young people remain abstinent? On their unique and surprising journey the girls navigate close encounters with the opposite sex, with hilarious, infuriating—and sometimes heartbreaking—results. This is the astounding true story of friendship, love, accountability, and uncompromising faith that you’ll want to share with everyone you know!
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ADELE BERRY, an advertising art director and entrepreneur, brings pulsating creativity, versatility and fun to all that she does. Adele spent her early days in the San Francisco Bay Area, running amok in the suburbs amidst a tight-knit crew of antiestablishment youth. Always the nonconformist, with her punk-rock hairdo, outrageous fashion sense, and against-the-grain attitude, she was voted “Most Original” in her high school senior class. She headed east to college and, upon arriving at the University of Pennsylvania bonded with a ragtag bunch of peculiar friends who inspired, challenged, and nurtured the quirky Californian. After college, Adele earned a master’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, and went on to work as a photographer, graphic designer, senior art director, and creative director before launching her own consulting company. Currently, Adele juggles a dizzying number of roles, including CEO of her second start-up company, small business development trainer, author, Bible study facilitator, prayer team member, and avid globe-trotter. Last year, she embarked on an expedition to Antarctica, the sixth continent that she has visited. Adele lives in Northern California with her family. The V Society: The True Story of Rebel Virgin-Girls is Adele’s first book.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Excerpt from Chapter 2: The V Society
No one remembers the details of the colorful, rollicking conversation or the unruly, electric spark that inspired our secret society. Often it was hard to pinpoint the origins of our inventions―each spewed forth without warning, the unexpected by-product of a conversational tornado. Our roommate conversations romped and spun wildly, touching down and then sucking in and synthesizing all sorts of unrelated ideas. Keri, Michelle, and I probably dreamed it up one typical weekday in a spirited banter that began on one side of the world and ended on a distant planet.
KERI: What’s that playing on the stereo?
ME: I don’t know. It’s the school radio station. The DJ just put it on.
MICHELLE: Where’s Tajikistan?
KERI: What? This song is called, ‘Where’s Tajikistan’?
MICHELLE: No, where’s Tajikistan on the map, butthead?
KERI: I really like this song.
ME: It’s cool, huh?
KERI: Totally cool.
ME: What are you reading?
KERI: Women in the Bible.
Michelle: Hey, where’s my little green Tupperware container?
Me: I don’t know. Maybe in the fridge somewhere.
Keri: Oh, oh . . . oh, disgusting . . . Can you close that refrigerator door? It smells like something died in there!
ME: Oh my gosh, that smells worse than Mich’s feet.
KERI: No, that smells ten times worse!
MICHELLE: What’s this song called?
ME: Who knows? It’s on the radio.
KERI: What radio station?
MICHELLE: Eww―who put the rotten pasta in the fridge? It’s totally green and moldy.
ME: Oops . . . sorry. I was wondering who ate my pasta. Yeah, I cooked that last semester . . . then I couldn’t find it.
KERI: Hey, I think what’s-his-name is kind of cute.
KERI: That singer from the Underground Café.
MICHELLE: Do my feet really smell?
KERI: Of course, everyone’s feet smell. But the rest of you smells okay, so don’t worry about it.
MICHELLE: You mean that folk-singer guy?
ME: This is a good make-out song.
MICHELLE: Maybe you should ask out what’s-his-face from the Underground.
KERI: Very funny.
ME: You’d probably make his day.
KERI: Have you ever been in love?
ME: No. Have you?
MICHELLE: Well, yeah, I guess so.
ME: I haven’t been in love, but I’ve had a zillion crushes.
KERI: So . . . have you ever done it?
MICHELLE: Done what?
ME: No. Have you?
MICHELLE: You’re a virgin? No way? Me too!
KERI: Me three!
MICHELLE: We’re all virgins?!
KERI: We should form our own sorority or something.
MICHELLE: Not a sorority . . . maybe a club?
KERI: What kind of club?
ME: One with good snacks.
KERI: Yeah, snacks from Tajikistan.
ME: Where is Tajikistan?
KERI: It should be a funky club.
ME: Like a secret society.
MICHELLE: The Virgin Society?
KERI: How about the V Society?
ME: Oh yeah, that’s perfect!
I can’t say for sure, but the V Society probably came kicking and screaming into the world like that. Keri, Michelle, and I conjured up our little club during the spring of our junior year. That year began my most memorable time in college. I’d found my place―making films and pursuing photography; and I’d found my people―Keri and Michelle. For the first time, I began to think of my dorm room as home, rather than a randomly assigned, rented room that I tolerated until I could return to my parents’ house in California―my real home.
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