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Purity Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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"Many teens will find Shelby's emotional journey worth following...a satisfying read."―VOYA
"Shelby's biting, irreverent first-person narration finely blends the humor and pain of her situation...A purely satisfying look at mourning and sexuality -- and even their connection."―Kirkus Reviews
"A startlingly authentic picture of a girl in transition on multiple levels...teens will appreciate this thoughtful look at the implications -- or lack thereof -- of doing the deed."―The Bulletin
"Smart and thought provoking."―Booklist
"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
About the Author
Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red, Sweetly, and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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I was thoroughly entertained while reading Purity. When there wasn't a serious moment happening things were usually sweet and, frequently, humorous. (I don't suppose buying condoms is the most glamorous things to do.) Shelby was a different character. Having lost her mother so early on in life, she is faced with struggling to get to know her father more, and re-discovering the faith, in many things, that she strayed away from or lost over the years. This novel is about more than a girl wanting to lose her virginity. It is about love and learning to grow as a person and get over things and ideas that are keeping you back to moving forward in your life.
To some, it may not be their cup of tea, but I couldn't stop myself from chugging this one back. Being a fan of Jackson Pearce, I was interested to see how she would succeed in the contemporary genre, since her past novels had supernatural/urban fantasy elements, and am glad to say that Purity did not disappoint. This novel was fun, sweet, sad when it had to be, and serious. I would definitely recommend it!
I would like to extend my greatest thanks to Faye of Little, Brown/Hachette for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
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!
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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