Waiting on Wednesday

I took the bus a lot in University. We got a bus pass as part of our tuition, and when I was bored on weekend, I would just…take the bus. I saw a lot of the less pleasant parts of my University town, learned how to get places by the most inconvenient routes imaginable, and saw a lot of advertising. There’s one poster in particular that sticks in my mind. Chastity, it said, It means saving sex for marriage.

It was my first encounter with the Purity Movement. I’ve done a bit of research since then, and I still find it as baffling, ludicrous and…insulting as I did at first exposure. The whole idea just seems so backward; shaming girls into mannerisms and behaviours we might expect of the Victorian era. And, naturally, putting very, very little of the responsibility on the boys.

So believe me when I tell you that I was incredible intrigued to learn of Jackson Pearce’s new novel, PURITY, due out April 24.

Sometimes a simple cover is really all you need, eh?

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.

Jackson Pearce has such an excellent and funny style, not to mention a realistic streak that makes me think “Sisters Red” is totally a likely real-world scenario, and I am very excited to see how this story pans out. Plus, even better, she read the audiobook herself.

If nothing else, the tag line is probably funny enough to make me buy it.

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