A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.
Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.
Publisher: Little Brown
Number of Pages: 218
Reviewed by Peyton, age 15
The book Purity by Jackson Pearce is a hilarious story about being a teenage girl in this modern world. The story revolves around Shelby, the main character, and the three promises she made to her mother before she died. These promises, although simple by themselves, prove to be very difficult to follow together, especially when you have an overprotective dad. I really liked the character of Shelby because of the humor and lightheartedness she continued to have after her mother’s death. Shelby accepts that her mother is dead and has moved on with her life. Although this is true, she also gives homage to her mother by following the three promises she made in every aspect of her life, from school to her dad to her relationships. I admire Shelby’s resilience and her dedication to both her mother and to her promises. I also enjoyed the author’s writing, which was funny without being meaningless. Her writing is entertaining, but it is also philosophical and deep. The book explores much more than the day-to-day antics of a teenager. Instead, it talks about promises and what our actions say about us. The plot of the book is very fast and I found the book a quick but insightful read. I recommend this book to any preteen or teen that is interested in reading about the promises we make and their effect on both ourselves and others. Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the great read!
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Peyton, age 15
Peyton, age 15