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Purity Hardcover – April 24, 2012
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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"A hilarious and heartfelt story about what happens when a teenage girl actually tries to honor all the promises that adults demand from her while staying true to herself. I loved this book."―Jennifer Echols, award-winning author of Endless Summer and Love Story
"Reading Jackson Pearce's Purity feels like talking on the phone with a lively and honest best friend -- who is telling it like it is. Shelby reminds us all to be first and foremost true to ourselves. This book is a must-read for anyone thinking about making promises to themselves or others."―Amy Deneson, author and New York Times essayist
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Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since. Visit Jackson online at www.jacksonpearce.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a book that, while it does deliver on its promise of contemporary YA goodness, also leaves the reader with some pretty savory food for thought.
Purity is the story of a father and daughter set adrift on a sea of loss, miscommunication, and misunderstanding of themselves and each other, after the loss of the wife and mother that anchored them.
Let me be the first to say that though this book spends a great deal of its time on the topic of Shelby's "deflowering", and her aversion to the "purity ball"; I am fully confident that it was not the author's intention to glorify teen sex or disparage the message of the abstinence movement in any way. These happenings within this read have more to do with being points of "discovery" for Shelby; about her power to plot her own course to happiness and love rather than having those things dictated to her by the predefined parameters of a promise or expectation.
Thank you Jackson for writing a story full of truly "good guys". It is so nice to see an exception to the "one prince per story rule." The princes in this book: Shelby's dad, Jeffrey, and Jonas. This book really explores the male/female relationship in three of its most important aspects. The relationship that girls have with the men in their lives as: fathers (Shelby's dad), sexual partners (Jeffery), and friends/love interests (Jonas). What this book does in true "girl power" fashion, is to show young women that they have the power to actively choose their role in these relationships and not simply let the male take the lead.
As the mother of three daughters, I will be the first to make this book required reading in my home.
It is my hope that this book will serve as a bridge between parents and the teens that we are trying so hard to love, guide, and UNDERSTAND.
*This review is a cross-post from my blog*
The book isn't that big, and I was able to finish the book within a day. I love the relationship between Shelby and her friends, but I especially love the relationship, or lack of, between her and her father. Throughout the novel it's painful to see how they lack a relationship and what the purity ball ends up meaning for the both of them at the end. It's a story of growth, love, understanding, and most importantly to me, it's a story of searching who you really are.
I highly recommend the book. And I know some people may be turned off because of the mention of God or Shelby's view of religion, but she is a character in a book and characters have different views just like real people do. And that is why I love this book. Pearce has the ability to create strong characters with flaws that resemble real people. They're not perfect, their not flat, but intricate with several elements contributing to their existence... even if they are fictional.
And if anything else, you should just get the book for how beautiful the cover is!
Jackson Pearce's Purity will hook many readers with its straightforward, entertaining, and slightly sarcastic voice. Shelby is an engaging and likable narrator. She's had a hard time dealing with her mother's death, and she doesn't know how to interact with her father beyond keeping her promise to listen to him. But she's never had to confront these issues until her father's involvement with the Princess Ball force her to really think about her values and what she wants out of life. Shelby's questions with religion are brought up, but her search for answers doesn't have much depth and brings about only a few small steps. Instead she focuses her attention on her plan to lose her virginity with the support of her eccentric friend Ruby and the reluctant help of her long-time friend Jonas. She doesn't really make any major breakthroughs until she finally confronts her father and is able to be truthful with him. Their relationship is far from ideal by the time the book ends, but there is hope that they can build a better relationship.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love when I find an author who can write across so many different genres and do it as well as Jackson Pearce does. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashley Ferguson
I was surprised by Purity. I approached this book with trepidation because while I was quite intrigued by the premise and the summary, I was also a little worried. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stormy(Book.Blog.Bake.)
This is a book that’s been on my TBR list for a while (I’m really trying to read more off my TBR list) and I’m so happy I gave this one a chance. Read more
Purity was an amazing book. I really enjoyed this book because it pointed out many "problems" that teenagers these day battle with. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Patrick David Ogden
I've really enjoyed Jackson Pearce's fairy-tale retellings in the past, so I was looking forward to reading a contemporary by her. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by pandareads
While I struggled with some of the protagonist's decisions in Purity, I was impressed with the honesty and humor Pearce uses to tell a story about the intersection between faith,... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Shalena @ Writer Quirk
This is a YA novel, for grades 9 and up. There is some bad language and several sexual situations. At the age of 10, Shelby watched her mother die of breast cancer. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Samantha McManus
What a great novel about loss and honesty and priorities. Wonderfully written, funny and poignant and breathtakingly full of truth. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by LuLu
Young girl loses her mother but promises to uphold her principles. The book revolves around preparations for a high school Ball that she and her father are organizing for fathers... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Lucy O'Finner