Tabitha and her four best friends wear purity rings, a visible reminder of their promise to remain virgins until they marry. At fifteen, it is mainly these purity rings and what they stand for that have kept them together. But now things are changing—and boys come into the picture. And when Cara breaks her promise, it turns their friendship upside down. Morgan and Naeomi and Priah drop Cara, refusing to be friends with her, leaving Tabitha split between staying loyal to Cara and disliking the fact that she broke her promise...will they five of them ever be able to make up their differences?
Pure is a fresh, funny, and wise new novel that addresses everything from family differences and friendships to boys and religion. Terra Elan McVoy's writing is, plainly speaking, wonderful. She effortless captures the emotions associated with the apprehension and joy of first love, the anxiety and anguish of friendship troubles, and the uncertainty of beliefs in a large and diverse world. Tabitha is an extremely grounded and likable character who readers will easily be able to relate to and empathize with as she tries to find a balance between being loyal to herself and her beliefs, being loyal to her friends, and most importantly, being loyal to God. McVoy's personal, down-to-earth writing style and sense of how teens operate—in speech, attitude, and thoughts—is very obvious, making it seem as though Tabitha's world is your own. Pure is a wonderfully positive, realistically complicated, and sweetly romantic read that will challenge and strengthen your beliefs in friendship and God.
Cover Comment: This isn't the most outstanding cover I've seen, but I do like how simple it is. Given the approach that it takes on sex though, I was surprised to see the cherry (and all that it implies) on the cover, but it is presented nicely (something along the lines The Second Virginity of Suzy Green would have been horrid). This is a superb book stuck in a ho-hum cover--I hope it doesn't deter too many people from picking it up!
Pure will be available from Simon Pulse on April 7th, 2009!