RJ Does Books! – PURITY by Jackson Pearce


Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Genre: Young-Adult | Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 218 pages
Release Date: April, 24th 2012
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository
Source: Finished copy sent by publisher for review

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 4.5/5

PURITY, Jackson Pearce’s first contemporary novel, is about young Shelby who’s ailing mother asks her to keep three promises as she goes throughout her life. But, when one of those promises is suddenly too bizarre to keep, when her Father decides to volunteer her for a Purity ball, Shelby is on a race to quickly discover a loophole that will still have her keep true to her promise before the time comes to vow her purity.

I was thoroughly entertained while reading Purity. When there wasn’t a serious moment happening things were usually sweet and, frequently, humorous. (I don’t suppose buying condoms is the most glamorous things to do.) Shelby was a different character. Having lost her mother so early on in life, she is faced with struggling to get to know her father more, and re-discovering the faith, in many things, that she strayed away from or lost over the years. This novel is about more than a girl wanting to lose her virginity. It is about love and learning to grow as a person and get over things that are keeping you back to move forward in your life.

To some, it may not be their cup of tea, but I couldn’t stop myself from chugging this one back. Being a fan of Jackson Pearce, I was interested to see how she would succeed in the contemporary genre, since her past novels had supernatural/urban fantasy elements, and am glad to say that Purity did not disappoint. This novel was fun, sweet, sad when it had to be, and serious. I would definitely recommend it!

I would like to extend my greatest thanks to Faye of Little, Brown/Hachette for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

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RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales is a born and raised Texan that unfortunately didn’t get the cool accent or sweet hat/boots. Aside from attending a local university to study Film and TV Production, he can be found nose-deep in a pile of YA books, or behind a screen writing some. He has a habit of picking up skills when bored; one of them being writing his biography in third person.