Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Chaste Recommendation #1
"When he steps into his physics class on the first day of senior year, Quinn Walker is too exhausted from staying up all night with his three-month-old nephew to deal with moral dilemmas. As a devout Mormon who has vowed to wait until marriage for sex, the last thing he needs is a very hot and very sexy Katarina Jackson as his physics partner. Regrettably, he has no choice.
Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents’ attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn’s “fake” religion and her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas."
So I have to admit this had a slow start, but it's worth reading. I point that out, because if you get deterred in the beginning stick it out. It's worth it. This book gets really good. Quinn is rather selfless almost to a fault and Kat is exactly the opposite. But the character transformation Kat makes by the end of the book is beautiful. This is a beautiful story. One thing I really love about it is the way Quin and Kat communicate--necessary for a relationship and the kind of thing you don't see a lot of in YA. I loved that they were able to put reasonable boundaries on their own relationship with no adult interference. Sure, in the beginning Kat agrees to this hoping to gain his trust and win her bet, but by the end she accepts it. This is the kind of thing, I think should be required reading for young people.
It does get heated at moments, so I have some friends who like clean romance that I'm not sure would like this, but I find it to be completely appropriate with a valuable message.