Monday, May 13, 2013

Purity by Jackson Pearce Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
 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.

Goodness this book surprised me! I didn't know what to expect. Then I got the overall premise of the book and was a little scared. But it was handled perfectly! This had a more mature storyline but it never felt over done!

This one tells the story of Shelby. She promised her mom that she would always follow three rules. Since that day, the day her mother passed, she has lived her life by those three rules. She eventually realizes she might have taken the rules the wrong way and must figure out what's right for her!

I know this sounds like a serious read which it was but, there was tons of humor too. Shelby was hilarious! I loved her. I liked how faithful she was. Even when she didn't agree with something she stuck to what she thought was right. She was very determined. I think she really grew throughout the story. I liked that she tried to remain strong. Shelby had some amazing companions. I absolutely adored James. He was a fabulous character. Ruby was also fabulous. Put the three of them together and your in for quite the adventure. I really liked how good friends James and Ruby were to Shelby. The story wouldn't have been the same without them.

This had a serious storyline. Shelby had to deal with the loss of her mother even though some time had passed. But it had more funny moments than serious. I think it was balanced well! The book was pretty much based around Shelby losing her virginity. That makes for some pretty hilarious moments. One thing I really liked was how careful she was. Yes she planned on sleeping with whoever she could but she made sure she was safe. Overall I loved this one. I thought it was a quick, super fun, unique read. I highly recommend!



  1. This wasn't my favorite Jackson Pearce novel, but it's such a unique story and the reason she wrote it is really touching too. Great review!

  2. Really great review Jasmine. Haven't heard of this book before but it sounds really good. :)