Pure (Paperback)

By Terra Elan McVoy

Simon Pulse, 9781416967484, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/7/2009)

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Tabitha and her four best friends all wear purity rings, symbols of the virginity-until-marriage pledge they made years ago. Now Tab is fifteen, and her ring has come to mean so much more. It’s a symbol of who she is and what she believes—a reminder of her promises to herself, and her bond to her friends.
But when Tab meets a boy whose kisses make her knees go weak, everything suddenly seems a lot more complicated. Tab’s best friend, Morgan, is far from supportive, and for the first time, Tabitha is forced to keep secrets from the one person with whom she’s always shared everything. When one of those secrets breaks to the surface, Tab finds herself at the center of an unthinkable betrayal that splits her friends apart. As Tab’s entire world comes crashing down around her, she’s forced to re-examine her friendships, her faith, and what exactly it means to be pure.

“I love this book. Like, love it love it. My heart expanded when I read it—yours will too!” --Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of ttyl and ttfn

About the Author

Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing an independent children’s bookstore, to teaching writing classes, and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. Terra lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys, and Pure are set. She is also the author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, Criminal (an Edgar Award nominee), and In Deep. To learn more, visit TerraElan.com and follow Terra on Twitter at @TerraMcVoy.

Praise For Pure

"I love this book. Like, love it love it. My heart expanded when I read it -- yours will too!" -- Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of ttyl and ttfn

"First-time novelist McVoy takes on the hot topic of purity rings (hello, Jonas brothers!) and examines it from many angles. Tabitha’s fast, funny, and very contemporary voice should be a hit with teens....McVoy is very successful at drawing characters kids will care about—even the parents are interesting. Anyone who has wondered about the ramifications of wearing a purity ring, both socially and religiously (and there’s much thoughtful writing about Christianity here), will be left with plenty to think about." --Booklist

"The idea of purity rings and the deep commitment behind it is deftly explored." --Kirkus

"Which is more important, remaining loyal to ideals or loyal to friends? ....The story hits at several issues relevant to teens, including freedom of speech....Tabitha’s relationships, particularly with her new boyfriend and her parents, are well-executed....Readers will likely admire Tabitha’s openheartedness and unwillingness to see things in black and white." --Publishers Weekly

"Pure takes young readers through the daunting early years of high school, where hormones, alliances, obligations and relationships all start to run into one another. It's also written in McVoy's own ebullient style." --Georgia Online News Service

"Terra Elan McVoy's writing is, plainly speaking, wonderful." --The Compulsive Reader

"Terra Elan McVoy's writing is, plainly speaking, wonderful." --The Compulsive Reader