Purity by Jackson Pearce

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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.
 

About Jackson Pearce

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Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, Purity, and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 222 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Are death-bed promises meant to be forever?

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Before 16-year-old Shelby’s mother died of breast cancer, she extracted three promises from her daughter that Shelby, then age 10, could not understand. Shelby’s life since has been consumed by keepin

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When he agrees to organize the local Princess Ball, at which girls vow to remain “pure,” Shelby decides this vow conflicts with Promise #3 made to her mother: “live without restraint.” Fortunately, Shelby’s friend Ruby comes up with a loophole: if Shelby loses her virginity before takin...

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Examiner

Shelby has to face these emotions when she sees some girls from her old youth group because of the Princess Ball.

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City Book Review

Now Shelby lives with her dad who has volunteered to be an organizer for an upcoming Princess Ball that he expects Shelby to attend.

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The Overflowing Library

Everything comes to a head when Shelby's father starts to arrange a princess ball during which Shelby will have to promises her purity to her father.

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Bookalicious

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint.

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