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review: “pure” August 13, 2009

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Pure by Terra Elan McVoy.
Simon Pulse // Hardcover // 336 pages.
Reviewed from library copy.

Five friends, five purity rings. All it takes is one girl to go all the way to forever change five lives. Tabitha and her four best friends all wear purity rings. But when Cara reveals to Tabitha that she and her boyfriend have gone all the way, Tabitha’s life splits right down the middle and so do her friendships. Morgan exiles Cara and then Tabitha. Caught in the middle, Tabitha begins to question what friendship really is.

I wasn’t sure at first if I was even going to read this book. I’m all for saving yourself for marriage, if that’s what you want to do. But I don’t think that you should need a purity ring in order to do so. Additionally, I was worried that the book would be overly-preachy.

It wasn’t.

This was a really good book, built around the framework of purity rings, that actually was about friendship and tolerance at the core. I liked that each of Tabitha’s friends were different kinds of Christians, that they were involved differently in their religions and that they weren’t cookie-cutter creations. That was really important to me, having grown up Christian and knowing that some of my friends were highly involved and others weren’t.

The conclusion of the book seems natural and I liked how it ended. The book is a nice, cute read and I think it would be a great read for younger teens (no foul language, no actual sex — just the omission), but I think that it misses the age group it’s aiming for. Older teens may not find the same joy in the simple storytelling and the conclusion of the story.

A solid book, recommended for communities with large populations of Christian teens.

SWAN catalog
Terra Elan McVoy




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