April 20, 2012

Review of Purity by Jackson Pearce


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.

Expected Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young People

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I went into this book fully prepared to read about the sanctity of your virginity, the demands and guilt ridden conversations from an overly protective father, and fears and inner battles of why you should NOT have pre-marital sex…hallelujah!  It wasn’t that at all!Instead I laughed pretty much all throughout the book, I sympathized with a grieving father, and even looked back on my teen years.

Purity is a wonderful coming of age story where our main protagonist, Shelby, must continue to try and live her life by keeping her promise which she made to her mother on her death bed: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint.  With the help of her unforgettable friends, it looks as though Shelby may be able to keep these promises…until her father announces that they will be participating in the Princess Ball, which is pretty much a ceremony in which the daughter makes a vow to her father to not have pre-marital sex.

So pretty much Purity revolves around Shelby’s insistent need to find a loophole where she won’t have to make a promise to her father to live a life of purity, and where she won’t break her promise to her mother about living a life without restraint.  And what loophole did Shelby and crew come up with?  Why, to lose your virginity before the Princess Ball of course! It’s at this point where I truly fell in love with this book.  The humour was priceless, and the characters were unforgettable.

When it comes to father/daughter relationships, I am known to cry with the best of them.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did not shed a tear, but rather felt many heart-warming moments.  It was such a treat to read about and watch as the strained, or better yet, non-existent relationship between Shelby and her father grow and flourish into something beautiful, and how just a little communication can go a long way.

I also loved reading how goal driven Shelby was in losing her virginity to pretty much any guy who was willing to take it, but not realizing what and who she needed was staring her right in the face.

A wonderfully written contemporary book, readers will fall in love with this story of promises, relationships, and love.

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