Teen Books with Booker T.

This book club is on hiatus until further notice. If you are a teen who is interested in reading new books and writing reviews for Wild Rumpus, please contact Drew at drew@wildrumpusbooks.com.

Are you a teen who likes books? We're looking for a few teen readers to discuss and review new and upcoming young adult books. We'll provide you with one or two books each month that have been recently published or that will be published within the next year. You come to Wild Rumpus to discuss the books and then write a short, honest review which we'll use to help us make the best recommendations possible. We meet once a month on Sundays at 5:30PM.


For Teen Books with Booker T. book club members: Thank you for you interest in joining us for Teen Books with Booker T book club! We hope you enjoyed reading your Advance Readers’ Copy (ARC) of our most recent book club selection. Publishers supply us with these free copies of books in exchange for honest reviews from young adult readers! Please fill out this short review form with your thoughts about this book so that we can share them with the publishers and use them to make the best recommendations possible.



Not So Pure and Simple Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062349194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

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?

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