Not So Pure and Simple

Not So Pure and Simple Book Summary

"Hysterical. I couldn’t put it down.” (Nic Stone) "I laughed, I gasped, I church grunted through every chapter." (Tiffany D. Jackson) "Heartfelt and hilarious on every page!" (Justin A. Reynolds)

4 starred reviews! * An Indie Next List Pick!

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?

"With true-to-life characters and a straightforward handling of sex, including often ignored aspects of male sexuality, Giles’s thoughtful, hilarious read offers a timely viewpoint on religion, toxic masculinity, and teen sexuality." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

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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...

  • Camryn

    Argh! I have such conflicting feelings about this! Positives:-This was very readable. It's almost four in the morning and I stayed up to finish because I just had to know what was going to happen next...

  • Melanie  Brinkman

    Good, bad. Pure, simple. Nothing comes without shades of grey.Ever since their kindergarten class's rendition of The Wizard of Oz, Del has had a crush on Keira. She's just always been with someone els...

  • 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...

  • mindful.librarian ??

    A much-needed and original YA story about masculinity, sexuality, religion and friendship. A must-read....

  • Bookishrealm

    No So Pure and Simple initially comes off as your standard contemporary novel, but on further examination it delves heavily into the affects of toxic masculinity that is prevalent even among our child...

  • Catie

    Again, I find myself in a situation where I finished this several weeks ago but never marked it completed or reviewed it. It was a classic case of pandemic paralysis:I really should mark it completed....

  • Amanda Lawford

    Overall: 3.8 stars.Quality of Writing: 3Pace: 4Plot Development: 4Characters: 3Enjoyability: 4Insightfulness: 5Ease of Reading: 4Savings opinions to share at Book Club. I think this will make a good d...

  • 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...