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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,060 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Promise. Betrayal. Confession. Revenge. 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 who...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published April 4th 2009)
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Abby
Apr 30, 2009 Abby rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Read for work. It's about 5 teenage Christian girls who are friends who take the "True Love Waits" vow to preserve their virginity & remain celibate, and they all wear purity rings to publicly proclaim their commitment to the vow and each other. But when one of the girls breaks her vow to go "all the way" with her boyfriend, the bonds of friendship between the girls are severely tested.

I am always on the lookout for teen books that discuss matters of faith & sexuality from an entirely d...more
David McD
Jun 25, 2011 David McD rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone over 12 AND their PARENTS
Recommended to David by: Little Shop of Stories, Decatur
In all honesty, I bought this to attend a signing, but I don't have kids of my own or any family members that are quite old enough yet for this book (They are 9 and 10; I would wait until 12 or 13). However, I do NOT want to give away something that I have not read myself, and could NOT have been more thrilled at what I hope will someday be a great gift to my nephews and nieces AND their parents.

This is an outstanding, very well-written book aimed at young adults that I believe every family shou...more
Ari
IQ "This isn't just a fight. Something has happened between me and Morgan, and it freaks me out that the only person I could really talk to about this problem is the one who's causing it." pg. 142

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
Katie
Reasons Why I'm Giving This Book 2 Stars:

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
amelia
To me, this novel was a levelheaded take on teenage friendships and the outside pressures that often determine their course.

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
Sarah
An interesting YA novel about teenage purity cliques/cults. A few weeks ago I read "Quiverfull" by Kathryn Joyce, a non fiction book about how the impulses fictionalized in this book play out for some of the most hard core believers in this stuff. Also, how the creepy paternalism inherent in this movement assumes that the man makes the decisions for the woman - a dynamic that plays out here in fiction.

It becomes clear in this book that for Tabitha and her friends, these rings are just as much a...more
Jessica
Sometimes you read a book that when you're finished you feel lonely. Lonely because your journey of getting to know those characters is over. This is how I felt when finishing Pure. I loved getting to know Tabitha. I loved seeing her relationship with Cara, Morgan, and Jake develop and grow and find new plains of friendship. I wish I could know what happens to everyone. Like, keeps tabs on their lives, haha!

I love how controversial this novel is. Controversial nowadays almost means rebellious an...more
laaaaames
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Debbie
I'm confused by this book. I felt it was trying to be about a young woman's personal morality, her sexual purity in particular, but ended up being about friendship. I think that as a book about friendship it succeeds, but as a book about purity it falls short.

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
Janie Hepler
Ugh, talk about a book that needs an editor! In between every line of a conversation were about three lines analyzing what the other girl said.

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
Robin
This is a story about 5 high school girls in the south who have made a pledge not to have sex until marriage. They've made this pledge publicly, and they wear "purity rings" so, everywhere they go, anyone they meet can know this about them. The fact of their shared conviction is part of what holds them together as friends. The book follows one of the girls, Tabitha, as events and choices and changing ways of thinking stretch - and maybe break - their friendships.

This book is a great example of t...more
Marci
Jul 18, 2009 Marci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
An interesting look into the lives of teenaged girls who pledge to remain virgins until they got married and what happens when one of them breaks the vow.
Latisha opot
Jul 24, 2009 Latisha opot rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Latisha by: school
Shelves: liked-it
ppure was a really good book and it taught me not to be scared of expressing my beliefs.
Candice Snow
The book started off good, but slowed down so much that I ended up skimming the majority of it.

The Pros:
As a Christian, I appreciated the message this book tried to present. Yes, we all make mistakes. Yes, nobody is perfect. But most importantly, just because you call yourself a Christian doesn't mean you are one. Actions speak louder than words, and labels are just labels. If I go stand outside in my garage and declare myself a car . . . I'm still not going to be a car. You can't hide behind th...more
Lily Guthrie
Sep 19, 2009 Lily Guthrie marked it as to-read
I will read it. But when I'm 12....
Emma Xoxo
How would you like to have your clique of friends broken up all because of one girls mistake? Tabitha doesn't have her best friends anymore, because she stood by Cara, the girl who made the one mistake. She went down a bumpy road, causing everyone to get a little carsick. Her choice to disobey God and her friends and her own promise wasn't the best idea, and everyone knows. I thought this book was marvelous. It had plenty of references to God, which I loved. It made me think about serious conseq...more
Laura
Aug 18, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens. Mostly younger girls (12-15)
Shelves: read-2009
Pure is full of love, betrayal, and friendship. The story follows a small group of girls who, at the age of 12, individually made vows to keep themselves pure until marriage. Now that a few years have gone by, the girls are 15 and the world is different. Where boys were once just an annoyance and it was easy to say that they would be pure for their wedding night, the girls find things a bit more complicated.

Tabitha, Morgan, Priah, and Naeomi are going strong in their pledge to stay pure, but ano...more
Sandra
Oh, oh. I thought I was going to love this book so much. The description sounded so great and, what's more, it takes place in the town I live in! As I read I recognized several landmarks and that was indeed a very enjoyable part of the novel. I also really loved Tabitha's character. Tabitha doesn't quite know what she believes and that makes her a very realistic character. She struggles with realistic issues, like what to do when your best friends are fighting and whether or not sex before marri...more
Lenore Appelhans
I have mixed feelings about this novel. I like that the subject of purity rings (and faith in general) is dealt with earnestly and in a balanced way that I can see resonating with many teens. It’s something that has the potential to generate a healthy discussion about values, being true to yourself, and respecting your body. But as provocative as it is sometimes (such as a scene where Tabitha discovers that Jesus never specifically forbids premarital sex - or how about that cover?), it can also...more
AnnaBanana
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Hannah Coleman
Okay, let's start from the beginning. Honest? When I first found out what Pure was about I though 'Oh jeez, who knew Terra was a bible thumper? Purity rings? For real?!' But, I loved it! Honest to God, hand over my heart, pledge to the Purple Donkey from Kathmandu LOVED IT!! McVoy has instantly became one of my favorite authors, hands down. I love the tone, the characters and how the conflicts were resolved. They were true to life and hit the mark in ways that many YA novels miss completely. I f...more
Tracy Michelle
I picked uo this book on impulse during my weekly trip to the library. As a teenage Christian girl I thought is sounded like a story I could relate to. As I started the novel I expected a story about faith, friendship, and self discovery. That's exactly what I got.
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
Kelly Hager
Non-spoilery:

Pure is about five friends, all of whom wear purity rings. (I have always found the purity ring thing to be kind of creepy, but after reading this book, I understand it a little more.) Tabitha ("Tab," the narrator) has just started seeing this guy, Jake (read: most perfect boy ever), and that, coupled with something else that happens with one of the other friends, sets off this huge thing of drama that makes the friends take sides against each other. It's about friendship and faith...more
Sara
Firstly, the thing I disliked the most about this book was the cover art. The pink, the cherry, the rings- yuck. I hadn't been this embarrassed of a book cover since I was a teenager reading Lolita. However, Laurie Halse Anderson recommended this book on her blog so I went ahead and read it.

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
Lindsay Paige
** from me. I liked the book but it just wasn't my cup of tea. It was something different though. I have never read anything on Purity Rings. You could relate to the characters easily, especially Tabitha.

There was a little bit of romance in the book. I liked the way Tab would rub her ring when around guys. It was like she knew she might be tempted, so she would rub her ring to be reminded. Tabitha, in the beginning, is a follower. She hung out with her friends and did what they did. During the...more
Kari
I am expecting this to be a bit of a "fluffy" read. Can McVoy surprise me and prove me wrong? I am only to the third chapter.
I may not have rated this that high, but it's high on my list for it's type. There's nothing wrong with the book by any means; I usually don't get into this type of thing. You know, typical teenage drama books. But this one was actually pretty good. I'd recommend it.
The girls in this book have all main a promise and a committment to God and to each other to remain pure...more
Theresa
Tabitha has four best friends. They all wear a ring, the so known "Purity Ring", that symbolysis the virginity until they are married pledge, that they already planned years ago! Tb just turned fifteen and she realized that the ring means so much more to her. It doesnt only symbolize her being a virgin, but who she truly is and what she really believes in. It is a sort of wake-up call everytime she looks at it. It tells her of her promise to herself and ther four friends. Untill this one very da...more
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Jun 05, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults, preteens
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Goodreads.com, the young adult section at St. George Library
This book was cute and sweet. It tells about girls and keeping your promises you made to God, friends, and mostly to yourself. In this book Tabitha has to make a choice between her best friend who looks at the situation one way or her close friend who did something that made her friends hate her especially Morgan. Tabitha learns that sometimes your best friend's choice is not the best one.

This book is about:
Tabitha McAbe has four best friends Morgan, Cara, Priah, and Naeomi. They are all religio...more
Katie
Fifteen-year-old Tabitha and her friends (Morgan, Cara, Priah, and Naeomi) have all taken vows of chastity and wear purity rings – in the Atlanta metro area. For Morgan, the wealthiest and most demanding of the five, the ring seems to be an excuse to go from boy to boy because boys, of course, “only want one thing.” When Cara breaks her vow with long-time boyfriend Michael, Morgan immediately dismisses her, while Tabitha questions whether it is her right to judge. When Cara is ostracized from th...more
Dana
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 parent...more
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