Not So Pure and Simple

Not So Pure and Simple

Book - 2020 | First edition
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High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.
Audience: Ages 13 and up
Grades 10-12
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062349194
Branch Call Number: Y GIL
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 27, 2021

Read for the 2021 read woke challenge
a much needed novel that discusses the hard hitting issues of purity culture and religion


JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 15, 2020

A look at "purity" culture...and its intersections with abstinence only education and teen pregnancy. There's also some great scenes where the male POV character discovers that how he is interacting with women exclusively with reference to his own needs and desires without taking theirs into account is, well, toxic. All of this makes it sounds totally didactic and nowhere near as entertaining (and FUNNY) a read as it actually is. There are no easy answers provided, which is part of the power of this book. It recognizes the need for faith communities and public health education to exist side by side and that meeting this need is not easy.

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