Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
I had heard about the purity ring thing before and saw it discussed on a tv documentary about teen sexual behavior. The purity ring concept was seen as being over the top creepy and controlling on that show. This book shows that side of the purity ring concept as well as how it looks and feels to people within and on the fringe of it. Fifteen year old Tabitha goes to church with her friends because her parents are not Christians - or at least not church attenders. Her best friend Morgan's parents are really into the whole purity thing and give her a purity ring with a big ceremony and such after the girls attend a purity conference at church. Morgan gives Tabitha a purity ring of her own and they along with 3 other girlfriends wear their rings proudly for years. Until one girl renigs on her purity promise and the 5 girls have major trouble within their friendships. Toss in Tabitha's new boyfriend and the near riots at school caused by Morgan's purity group chanting before school, and a whole slew of issues erupt. I think that jr high and high school girls will enjoy this book.