Monday, June 4, 2012

Sarah's Review on Purity

Author: Jackson Pearce (@JacksonPearce)
Publisher: Little Brown BFYR
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 218
Source: Bought
Rating: Reachable
Challenge: 2012 Completely Contemp Challenge
Extras: Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
Love it. It goes with the theme of the story really well. Simple but satisfying. If the necklace didn't have 'purity' on it, I would totally wear it.
"Well, um, it means to not do things like drink underage. Or do drugs. Or . . . have sex." When he says "have sex" his voice sounds stretched out and pained, like plastic wrap pulled tight.

Great. I wasn't planning on starting up a meth habit or anything, but I would like to potentially have a beer in college. Still, promising to wear an invisible chastity belt is the worst of the three.
My first thought on Purity just based off the cover, was oh-my-god what a cute cover! Then when I read the synopsis, I was thinking oh-my-god you’re planning to lose your virginity in five weeks?! Um, yeah, good luck with that. Then I’m reading the book, and another oh-my-god moment happened. She is making a list of guys to lose it to!

Her dying mom made Shelby make three promises when she died. Shelby, not wanting to break those promises, keeps and follows them, especially when it comes to her father. Her mother told her to love and to listen to her father. So if her father ever told her to do something, she would listen. However, she would sometimes search for a loop-hole.

When a church themed father-daughter dance comes into the picture, Shelby sees that they are vowing to their fathers to live a pure life. Meaning no drugs, no underage drinking, and no sex. Shelby, not wanting to be a thirty-five year old virgin, decides she wants to lose her virginity on her own time. But her father wants to do the ball, which is happening in five weeks, so Shelby needs to lose it before then.

I just couldn’t stop laughing while reading this. There were even points were I couldn’t take it seriously. This isn’t bad. It’s one of those books that have some serious topics but the characters make it fun to read about them. Jackson Pearce made an uncomfortable thing into a sleepover with your best friend. You know when you tell your friend a crazy story that happened to you, and your friend can’t believe it happened. Well in this book, you are the friend that can’t believe these things are happening.

One thing I did love about this story was the list Shelby and her friends came up with. One of her mom’s rules was to live without restraint. So they made a list of things to do before Shelby dies. Some of the things on the list were fun and crazy. Others were really meaningful.

So I am ended up liking Jackson Pearce's writing a lot, and will have to check some of her other books. If you like contemporary that makes you laugh along the way, with some romance, this book is for you.
Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, #3)Next book from Jackson would be Fathomless, which is the third book in the Fairytale Retellings. I have seen the covers of the other two books and kind of disappointed on the third book. Maybe they are liking the necklace theme more? It looks nice. This book is set to release on September 4, 2012.

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