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3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  1,258 Ratings  ·  200 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 w

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published April 4th 2009)
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Apr 30, 2009 Abby rated it did not like it
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
Logan LeDuc
Jan 17, 2014 Logan LeDuc rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I really didn't enjoy this book. I was really looking forward to it and have had it on my to-read shelf forever, but when I dragged myself all the way to chapter 6, I simply couldn't read any more. I was so annoyed with the characters and the way they acted - they were very shallow. They had no depth and really didn't make me relate to any of them. There was also the religious factor, which I am more than happy to read about, however this book felt as though religion was being forced on the read ...more
David McD
Jun 25, 2011 David McD rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2009 Janie rated it did not like it
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
Feb 20, 2012 Ari rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Katie J Schwartz
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
Apr 05, 2009 amelia rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
The version that I checked out from the library was an advance reviewer's copy, so I hope that a heavy handed editor got to it before it was officially published. There were a few times when the plot just didn't add up. For example, Tabitha would refer to a fight between Cara and Michael, when there had been no previous mention of them fighting. This caused me to doubt whether or not I was really interested in the book, but when I went back to check and couldn’t find any mention, I felt justifie ...more
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
Aug 10, 2009 laaaaames rated it it was ok
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Oct 02, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-teen
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
Jul 20, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok
There were definite pluses to this book, and I think I really would have liked it back when I was in high school and struggling with similar things. As an adult, I found all the characters annoying and self-righteous, even if I did appreciate the main character's perspective. So I guess just not the book for me. I should have remembered to bring my kindle to school, and I never would have gotten sucked in by the pretty cover.
Latisha opot
Jul 24, 2009 Latisha opot rated it it was amazing
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.
Lily Guthrie
Sep 19, 2009 Lily Guthrie marked it as to-read
I will read it. But when I'm 12....
Jul 13, 2009 Marci rated it really liked it
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.
Rating: 3.5/5

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
AJ LeBlanc
Apr 09, 2009 AJ LeBlanc rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Oct 12, 2011 Clementine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2011, religion
For Tabitha, the issue has always been black-and-white. She and her four best friends have worn purity rings since they were young, promising to remain virgins until marriage. Now that Tabitha is fifteen, her ring has only grown in its importance to her. The rings help bond the friends together, too. But when Tabitha meets a boy who she really likes, she starts to struggle with what it all means. When her best friend, Morgan, is less than supportive, Tabitha feels hurt and confused. This is made ...more
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
Lenore Appelhans
Oct 21, 2008 Lenore Appelhans rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
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
Katieeoh Lacanlale
One word to describe this book: CHASTE.

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
Estefani Ortiz
Nov 04, 2014 Estefani Ortiz rated it it was amazing
Overall this is a great book. It is perfect for teenagers and also parents as well as people that are into religion. Tabitha is a really good character she understood Cara’s quagmire and didn’t judge her even though she broke a promise. I think that a good friend. On the other hand Morgan didn’t understand and made the situation worse. She went to school and practically did a strike regarding purity and religion. I was really captivated by the cover! I loved did it simple, innocent but has a big ...more
Oct 22, 2008 Kricket rated it liked it
Recommended to Kricket by: kris mailed it to me, but i don't think she liked it that much..
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Jun 05, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
This book was cute at first. I actually thought it was going to be kind of good. But it was too long for it too be a book with conflict. It was too drawn out.
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
Hannah Coleman
Aug 01, 2011 Hannah Coleman rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2009 Sara rated it liked it
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
Tracy Michelle
May 07, 2011 Tracy Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
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
Aug 18, 2009 AnnaBnana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Tabitha is and her four closest friends share a bond with an outward symbol--purity rings. But when one friend makes the ultimate betrayal, things unravel in ways that Tabitha definitely doesn't expect. And in the midst of it all, she's trying to stumble through what *might* be her first love, trying to gain new freedoms from her parents, and trying not to flunk history.

McVoy creates and honest and complex character in Tabitha. The situation with her friends forces her to question both her fait
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