Not So Pure and Simple

Category: Book
By (author): Giles, Lamar
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
Audience: young adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.93in
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From The Publisher*

"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")

Review Quote*"A compelling story of young people sorting through conflicting messages and social pressures around sexuality and relationships. Powerful."
Review Quote*"The novel takes on teen attitudes toward sex and relationships and gender power dynamics in a way that is appealing and thought provoking. Hilariously necessary."
Review Quote*"Giles's thoughtful, hilarious read offers a timely viewpoint on religion, toxic masculinity, and teen sexuality."
Review Quote*"With a fresh perspective, Giles takes care to flesh out his full cast of characters, creating an intricate, multifaceted web of misogyny and its detrimental impact."
Review Quote*"This is a deeply funny and searingly honest look at teen sex, adults' anxieties around it, and the toxic masculinity that so often shapes it." 
Review Quote*"Holy hell! This was perfect timely read! I laughed, I gasped, I church grunted through every chapter. Giles is a master at writing realistic characters that are both flawed and relatable."
Review Quote*"Heartfelt and hilarious on every page! Giles is not only adept at storytelling, he understands what makes us human."
Review Quote*"Realistic...hysterical. I couldn't put it down."
Review Quote*"Lamar Giles continues to prove he's untouchable when crafting unforgettable characters. Readers will laugh hysterically but will lean in to the novel when Giles takes an honest look into masculinity and flips the ol' premise of "boy gets girl."