Staying Pure

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book: Staying Pure by Stephanie Perry Moore, Moody Press, 2000
Staying Pure (Payton Skky Series, 1) 
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16-19
Subject: Sex before marriage, faithfulness in dating relationships
Summary: "If you love me, you'll give me what I need" - the rallying cry of someone wanting sex out of a relationship. Payton has no desire to lose her man, no way! So she prepares herself to give up her virginity and disobey God. Before she can, a new girl cuts in on her and convinces Dakari he doesn't lose Payton anymore. Devastated, heartbroken, hopeless, Payton rejects her friends, her brother and her God. That's part 1.
The 2nd part is after she's made peace again and is in a new relationship, this time with a strong believer who absolutely refuses to even go into intense kissing, let alone sex! Their dates are full of passion, but not as much physical passion. However, the new girl has gotten tired of Dakari and thinks Payton's new boyfriend is pretty hot. And what she wants, she gets. Will Payton lose a second boyfriend to Starr? Will she make right choices? And then there's her friends who have boyfriends messing around behind their backs, and teen pregnancy facing the group. You know, this senior year isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Notes: I really like the character of Tad and his role in the story! He's human, with real physical desires for Payton, but he chooses to restrain himself and Payton's description of their dates is awesome. The author portrays characters who have discovered that saying "no" to physical lust and spending time together in the Word can truly make for a fulfilled, passionate relationship. It's pretty awesome.
Also, to give credit, this book is a "joint imprint of Institute for Black Family Development and Moody Press".
Also, note that this has been published twice, once in 1997 and once in 2000.
Recommendation Scale: 4
Reviewer: J:-)mi


Christa said...

You've got a pretty comprehensive blog going on here! I'm taking a YA Lit class this semester. At some point I have to select a recent YA book to talk about in class, and well, it would be pretty sweet if I could find a (subtly) Christian book to talk about! Can you recommend any other good ones published in 2005 or later? Thanks!

J:-)mi said...

Sure Christa! Check out that newest one from today: The Book of Names. It's really good. Some really popular ones are anything by Wayne Thomas Batson. If you want a majorly realistic fiction book for teen girls, go with any of the Diary of a Teenage Girl books by Melody Carlson or the True Colors books by her. I think one of my favorites though is The Love Rules by Dandi Daley Mackall. If you want to borrow anything and read through it let me know.

Christa said...

Sweet. Thanks! I'll check these out, probably online...I'll let you know if I need a copy of anything...! :D

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