Not So Pure and Simple

Not So Pure and Simple

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?

Title:Not So Pure and Simple
ISBN:9780062349217
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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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kelly

    Lamar Giles is the real deal when it comes to writing well-developed, complex teen characters. In this book, he takes on toxic masculinity, particularly where it comes to boys thinking they are "the g...