Looking for a quick read? Try Purity by Jackson Pearce!
When Shelby’s mother died six years ago, Shelby promised her she would “love as much as possible” and live “without restraint.” She also promised to love and listen to her father, which is proving a challenge now that Dad has signed 16-year-old Shelby up for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live a pure life – no smoking, drinking, or premarital sex. In order to keep all her promises, Shelby exploits a loophole and commits to losing her virginity before the Princess Ball.
While the premise may sound like a commentary on the abstinence movement, it’s not: Purity is a funny, touching story about self-discovery. Between failed hookup attempts (which make for some hilarious moments), hanging out with her two best friends, and helping her dad plan the Princess Ball, Shelby figures out what the promises to her mother really meant.