Not So Pure and Simple (Hardcover)
HarperTeen, 9780062349194, 400pp.
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”
Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.
His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.
With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once get the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?
About the Author
Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award finalists Fake ID and Endangered as well as the critically acclaimed Overturned, Spin, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and resides in Virginia. Visit him online at www.lamargiles.com.
Praise For Not So Pure and Simple…
— Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
“Lamar Giles’s writing is smart, funny, and lit. And he does it while taking on toxic masculinity. Not since Chris Lynch’s Inexcusable have I read a more thought-provoking, pull-no-punches take on what our ‘nice’ boys learn from us as a society. This book is excellent.”
— Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies.