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.
For one thing, the main character in Purity – Shelby, was SUPER dedicated to keeping these promises to her mom. But it was so clear that her mother would have never meant for any of these things to happen and Shelby was taking the whole thing to an unnecessary (and sometimes dangerous) extreme.
Also, I was completely unable to justify Shelby’s reasoning at all for trying so hard to find a guy to just get her virginity over with. I am not a prude by any means, but damn girl needed some self respect.
That being said, I did appreciate Jackson Pearce’s approach to the issues presented in Purity. Religion and sex and family are all very important discussions that need to happen in any teen’s life and I thought Jackson Pearce’s approach was very non-preachy, which was refreshing.
I really did enjoy the majority of Purity. Despite those red flags, I liked the family dynamic between Shelby and her father and seeing them try to figure out how to communicate. I thought that was extremely realistic and a bit moving in the end.
While I did have some issues with Purity by Jackson Pearce, I thought it was an enjoyable read focusing on issues that need to be discussed in a refreshing way. Give Purity a looksie if you think it’s up your alley!