Sometimes we need to go off and experience life. I don't think I've fully lived mine, especially without restraint, and this novel had me thinking about it all. That's one of the reasons that I've enjoyed reading it so very much!
This novel is Purity by Jackson Pearce.
Summary: "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." (Yay for Goodreads!)
This novel has a main character that truly remembers to live without restraint (okay, so it's a rule, which could be considered a restraint, but let's not be so philosophical about this). If you were to promise to live your life without restraint, would you be able to? Do you already?
The characters all are relatable, whole, and have histories of their own. This is such a great novel. If you're religious, don't be afraid of this novel, okay? I know that this is probably a banned book by now, but it's so very good. I would have every girl read this, establish it in high schools, and show how realistic living without restraints can be.
In Conclusion: Read this, then go reevaluate your life.