Kindred Reads {11}

A couple months ago I had a blog survey, and one of the main pieces of feedback I received were that readers were very interested in bringing Kindred Reads back!
Kindred Reads is my weekly feature highlighting YA book recommendations based on their similarities to each other. Each week a theme or idea is chosen, and a few books will be highlighted for dealing with that theme.
This week's theme: teens & sex in contemporary YA; books that pose a thoughtful story with this as a focus, and include some humour
Purity by Jackson Pearce
A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.
Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity. (Goodreads)

My 4 star review for Purity.
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate. (Goodreads)

My 4 star review for Catching Jordan.
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention
Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling... (Goodreads)

My 5 star review for Shut Out.

I enjoyed reading all three of these books, but they especially stood out to me with the way they realistically brought up the topic of teenagers having sex (or choosing to abstain). It's something that still isn't talked about that oftne, and I think it's great that they all talked about ways to be responsible and mature about making a decision regarding an indivudal's sex life. All three authors are specially skilled at providing humorous aspects to their books, which only makes them more enjoyable to read! If you've read & liked only one or two of these, make sure to check out the ones you haven't read because I think you'd be sure to enjoy them. There's something refreshingly honest & raw about these books that make them new favourites.


franchie15 said...

I love this meme of yours, Brenna! :)

I've been dying to read Purity and Catching Jordan when it came out! Those two books sounds really good YA contemporary. I've seen Shut Out once. But I was kind of hesitant because of the cover! LOL. It kind of gives me chill, actually. The girl is really fierce-looking!

Thanks for the suggestion. ;)

Angkarina said...

Yes! I've always loved your kindred reads posts, so thank you for bringing this back =)
I've also read Shut out and Catching Jordan and those were interesting reads. I think I'll read purity too after finishing my finals!

angkarina_angkasuwan at hotmail dot com

Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

Yay Kindred Reads is back!

I've only read Shut Out from this list and though there were a few things I didn't care for, overall I thought it was a fun book. Which means I am very intrigued to read Catching Jordan and Purity now!

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