Thursday, July 12, 2012


I've been reading a lot of good books lately, and here's another:


Purity, by Jackson Pearce. Shelby has to reconcile her parents' expectations with her desires to set her own course in life. Those parental expectations are extra heavy because of promises she made to her dying mother. Now her father wants her to participate in a father-daughter dance at which she'll be expected to promise to lead a "pure" life ... but she's not so sure that the dance organizers' idea of a pure life matches her own ideas for her future.

I loved this book not only for the engaging interplay between the characters (Shelby and her friends, Shelby and her parents, Shelby and her potential hookups), but for its handling of the topic. It delves into how people often seize on virginity for its own sake--especially for girls--in a way that can actually detract from thinking about the very real reasons why people might want to think seriously and soul-searchingly about intimacy with another person. The book raises some great questions, such as: Whose right is it to determine Shelby's future?

Most of all, it explores the nature of promises and vows and rules, and how when we focus on literal, technical interpretations and the "letter of the law," we may miss the whole point: the deeper meanings of promises, and the loving intentions they are meant to express.

All that, and it manages to be funny, too!


  1. Going on the list! I would love to see how the issue is approached by this author. Thank you.

  2. I really like Jackson Pearce's writing--I'll have to check this out!

  3. Will absolutely check this one out. Thanks, Jennifer!