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 believesâ€”a reminder of her promises to herself, and her bond to her friends. But when Tab meets a boy w...more
I am always on the lookout for teen books that discuss matters of faith & sexuality from an entirely d ...more
This is an outstanding, very well-written book aimed at young adults that I believe every family shou ...more
And if the plot isn't boring enough,it's pretty unrealistic. The last time I had the "you're not my friend anymore" conversation was in second grade. These characters are unrealistic and need to grow up.
I picked up this book because purity rings seem a bit bizarre to me, and I was hoping to gain some perspective. I was disappointed with the bland little ...more
The reason I didn't like this book is because I had a hard time relating to the characters. The five girls' friendships are severly strained when one of them sleeps with her boyfriend and eventually the friend apologizes for creating such a mess. But I just didn't understand how that friend's personal c ...more
1. Morgan. I wanted to drop-kick Morgan. What an awful person. I realize that she's more or less the villain, so she's supposed to be awful, but I wanted her to learn more of a lesson. I wanted her to suffer more than she did. She was a total self-righteous bitch, and the worst thing that happened to her was not getting to renew her purity vows? Not good enough.
2. While in a way I appreciate that Terra Elan McVoy attempted to make this sound like an actua ...more
And while I can see how some may label this book "Christian Lit," I think to do so would be a mistake. Yes, the premise has a religious drive, and yes, the protagonist, Tabitha, is devout. But the discussion of belief was so unique, refreshing, and most importantly to me, two-sided, that it became part of the character's growth rather than A Message.
Other nice things: Jake ...more
It becomes clear in this book that for Tabitha and her friends, these rings are just as much a ...more
The main character's closest friendships changes, and she has to work through that and make hard decisions about where she stands with her friends. Her relationships with her friends, and her parents, are the heart of the book.
But although ...more
I love how controversial this novel is. Controversial nowadays almost means rebellious an ...more
I realized, while reading this book, that I haven't read a single YA book from the point of view of a religious person, ever. Religion is so rarely dealt with in YA at all, and when religious people are shown, it's often in an extremely negative light. The best example I can think of is What Happens Next, where one character has a very Christian Mom. She's shown entirely as a crazy character, who grounds her daughter and censors what she read because of her Christianity. Considerin ...more
This book is a great example of t ...more
I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time in my nearby bookstore and I’m wondering how special this book is ( I can’t open it because there’s plastic covering and I don’t want to break any rules of opening a book) since I’m a sucker for paperback books when I’m buying like 2-3 books in one visit. But when I think of worthy-to-buy books, I get the hardbound even though they’re a bit pricey than the paperbacks and for me this book is worth the buy.
The story ...more
First of all, I wanted to grab Morgan right out of the book and kick her ass. I understand that she was the antagonist in the story, but she did not get a punishment she deserved. Boo hoo she didn't get too renew her vows. And in the first chapter tabitha mentions to the barista the ring looks like an Engagement ring. Later she mentions th ...more
As a person who spent a good portion of my teens wearing a promise ring of my own (not like those girls precisely, but close enough) this book really took me back. I also spent my high school years with a li ...more
At times the characters felt very stereotypical but that worked for this book. McVoy showed me five teenage girls trying their best to behave like the Christians they believed they were suppose to be, hence them becoming stereotypical ...more
McVoy creates and honest and complex character in Tabitha. The situation with her friends forces her to question both her fait ...more