Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles audiobook

Not So Pure and Simple

By Lamar Giles
Read by Korey Jackson

Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins 9780062349194

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094106892

  • ISBN: 9781094106885

  • ISBN: 9781094106908

Runtime: 11.01 Hours
Category: Fiction/Coming-of-Age
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

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 get the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Korey Jackson puts the listener into the mind of Delbert ‘Del’ Rainey as he navigates the tricky waters of high school relationships…Jackson’s deep, sonorous voice wouldn’t seem like a natural fit for an occasionally whiny teenager, yet somehow he perfectly inhabits this complex character. Del is funny and generally likable, but Jackson doesn’t hesitate to highlight his moments of thoughtless behavior and attitude of entitlement. Del’s friends are also believably voiced as individuals and as a group.” AudioFile
“Heartfelt and hilarious on every page! Giles is not only adept at storytelling, he understands what makes us human.” Justin Reynolds, author of The Opposite of Always
"Not So Pure and Simplemanages to put real issues in the spotlight, like toxic masculinity and societal pressures on youth while still being a funny, heartfelt, and wildly charming read! Get ready to hug this book as you’ll be cheering for Del along the way!” Jay Coles, author of Tyler Johnson Was Here
“With a voice that’s original, hilarious, and so, so real, Lamar Giles’ Not So Pure and Simple is an exceptional treat from the moment it begins, and delivers a satisfying story all the way to the finish.” Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Two Naomis

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Author

Author Bio: Lamar Giles

Author Bio: Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and noir thrillers, among others. He is the author of the Edgar Award finalists Fake ID and Endangered as well as the critically acclaimed Overturned, Spin, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Coming-of-Age
Runtime: 11.01
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English