About The Book
An accomplished novel that made its young author a sensation, Pure is about fourteen–the age when you know everything, except when you don’t know anything. It’s about first love and the end of innocence, and realizing your family perhaps isn’t as happy or your parents as together as you thought. It’s about the cool friend for whom everything seems effortless, and the impossibly embarrassing friend you’re nice to when your cool friends can’t see. It’s about that twenty-seven-year-old man who flirts with you when he sells your dad your overpriced birthday stereo–except he actually calls. And it’s about what happens after.
“Frank and endlessly touching.” –Company
“Pure is about being a know-it-all and knowing nothing at all. Rebbecca Ray captures the urgency of adolescence, the constant surprise, the imperfection of being human, the pleasure and the horror. Pure is a warm and wild document of adolescence is all its hideous great glory.” –A.M. Homes
“Deft . . . brutally frank . . . Ray does an insightful job of showing the descent from embarrassed schoolgirl to confused lover . . . powerful.” –Library Journal (starred review)
“Ray brings back all those adolescent happenings you’d rather not remember. But she makes you laugh as you do.” –Elle (UK)