Not So Pure and Simple

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Product Number: DD48867
Released: Jan 21, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094106892
Narrator/s: Korey Jackson
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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 A??real man.A? Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, sheA??s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, DelA??s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes heA??s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge. His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesnA??t believe any girl is worth the long game. But DelA??s not about to lose his dream girl, and thatA??s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the PledgersA?? questionsA?¦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 canA??t think about that too much, though, because once get the girl, itA??ll all sort itself out. Right?

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Author(s): Lamar Giles
Narrator(s): Korey Jackson
Product Number Z100150542
Released: Jan 21, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
ISBN: #9780062974532
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Author(s): Lamar Giles
Product Number EB00758635
Released: Jan 21, 2020
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
ISBN: #9780062349217

Professional reviews

"Narrator Korey Jackson puts the listener into the mind of Delbert "Del" Rainey as he navigates the tricky waters of high school relationships. Since Del has crushed on Kiera for as long as he can remember, he doesn't see the harm in telling a few white lies to get close to her. When he does so, his past reputation (both true and false) comes back to bite him. 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. N.M. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"