Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Purity by Jackson Pearce

PurityA 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.

Purity was a fun and light read. I love Pearce’s previous work (Sisters Read, Sweetly) and while Purity is in a different genre, it did not disappoint. 

Let’s talk characters, shall we? Not many people will get along with Shelby (our main character). The reason why, is because we are NOT teens anymore. Therefore we don’t think like them. At the end we won’t understand the whys behind Shelby’s actions. I recommend to get in touch with your inner teen and think of all the decisions you made back then. I bet not all of them were smart but the adults in your life cut you some slack. So… Let’s do so with Shelby.

One of the main points in the book is the purity vow Shelby has to take and how she’s trying to work her way around it. While this vow “thing” is a little weird, it brings something unique and interesting to the book. Something else we have to understand is that these vows are real. I’m not against it as long as the person who is taking the vow is 100% sure. To each their own. That’s my motto. 

What I enjoyed most was the end and of course Shelby’s relationship with her dad. Purity is full of funny and touching moments. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Jackson Pearce writing and to people who are open minded. 



  1. This book sounds really interesting, and I totally agree with you about not taking the vow unless your 100% sure. I'm still in high school and some of my friends have taken vows like the one you talked about, and more often then not they've ended up breaking them. Anyways! Thanks for the great review, I can't wait to read this book.

    1. Yeah, hopefully the people that are taking the vows are doing it for the right reasons. But hey, that's their choice. Purity was still an awesome book! :)


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