Not So Pure and Simple

Not So Pure and Simple Book Summary

An Indie Next List Pick!

In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”

Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.

His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.

With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?

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  • Kai

    art historians have confirmed that this is indeed a true Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece...

  • Sahitya

    It’s probably more of a 3.5 but I’m rounding up.I didn’t even know about this book until a few weeks ago but when I saw the author tweet about the kind of themes he was talking about in it, I wa...

  • Dahlia

    This was so good - sharp and funny and thoughtful and messy. I think it would be such an interesting buddy read with HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME to see how the conversation changes across gender and rac...

  • Kat (Why Read)

    I woke up bright and early at 4am for work only to remember halfway out the door that I'm off! So I spent the morning binging a new book. HarperTeen @harpercollinsus entrusted me with an advanced read...

  • Max Baker

    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewThere's a lot about Not So Pure and Simple that should be celebrated. For one, this is the rare YA book with a m...

  • Bang Bang Books

    My biggest issue with this book was the writing style. I don't like this straight forward style of writing; I prefer a prosey style like Nicola Yoon. But this is a me problem and not the book's proble...

  • Re ?

    First and foremost thank you so much to HCCFRENZY for this ARC Happy early BIRTHDAY!! Of course all opinions are my own!I’ll admit this book did take some time to get into and I wasn’t sure how I ...

  • Colline Vinay Kook-Chun

    This is a novel that adolescent boys need to read! It describes the fumblings of a teen boy as he attempts to attract the attention of a girl he likes. With all the advice given to him by various peop...

  • Alex (PaperbackPiano)

    I genuinely loved everything about this book! When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it which I always think is a sign of a great read. There were aspects of it that reminded me of the movie E...

  • Danielle

    This is a very timely, accessible book that I hope lots of boys read. It captures the insecurity and bravado and general confusion that all teens experience about dating and sex - from misinformation ...