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Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find a prom date, but does she stand a chance when her “countercultural (read: weird)” parents (her mother makes all her clothes and her father delivers singing telegrams) won’t allow her to date? Tired of being perfect in their eyes, the unpopular senior starts a prom journal to devise a plan for normalcy and the dance. But after narrowing her list to her crush since kindergarten, why does she keep pondering the transfer student from Argentina? As in Billerbeck’s popular Ashley Stockingdale series for adults, witty musings and snappy dialogue form the rock of her Christian YA chick-lit debut. Grades 8-12. --Angela Leeper

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The prom countdown has begun.

Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There's only one problem--her parents won't let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she's totally invisible at school, wears lame homemade clothes, and possesses no social skills. Okay, so maybe there's more than one problem.

Can she talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempts to completely ruin her life?

Perfectly Dateless is hilarious, shocking, and totally real. You'll fall in love with Daisy's sharp wit and resourcefulness as she navigates the world of boys, fashion, family, and friendship.

"Billerbeck hits a home run with this warm tale about Daisy Crispin's funny trials and tribulations as she lives with eccentric parents, prom stress, and a desire to just be a normal teen."--Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Just Between You and Me and A Charmed Life series

"With her brand of wit and insight, Billerbeck takes us into the life of Daisy Crispin as she aims for the perfect prom date. This story reminds us that even a geek can live out her Cinderella dreams."--Rachel Hauck, coauthor of The Sweet By and By

Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants. She lives with her family in northern California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Perfectly Dateless (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin Billerbeck is the author of more than 30 novels, including "What a Girl Wants" and the Ashley Stockingdale and Spa Girls Series. She is a fourth-generation Californian, who loves her state and the writing fodder it provides. Learn more at

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LadyLondon on November 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Well...this Novel was DEFINITELY misunderstood. At least by this reader.
What started out as a potentially lighthearted, good message story, quickly derailed into some teenage drama that came out of nowhere. I kept checking to see if I had somehow skipped a page as the story seemed to jump all over the place in the end. And...not to sound shallow...but the fun bits of a make-over story (ie. the new clothes, the new haircut, etc.) these moments were completely skipped over. It would start off with Daisy about to start shopping, or at the salon, then the finished "improved" product was never even mentioned. After all Daisy's moaning about not having "store bought" clothes, I would have thought the author would at least spend a paragraph or two discussing what she buys once she goes to the mall and gets new clothes. I was disappointed in that.

Also, alot of the characters seemed completely unrealistic to me. For instance, Daisy's parents seemed a bit over the top. So sheltered and backwards in the way they choose to live, then we find out it's b/c Daisy's dad has medical issues? That doesn't even make sense to me. And then at the end they suddenly are totally different? And Chase is this nice guy who becomes popular in his Senior year, and then suddenly becomes some "scary guy who tried to date rape a girl"? Where did that come from?

Overall I found this book to be slightly missing something. Whether it was the way the story was set up and then played out or the way the characters were written, always changing their fundemental elements, and becoming something else, I'm not sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amancay Maahs on July 15, 2010
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In classic Kristin Billerbeck style, this tale weaves wide and long... drawing you in, wringing you out, and lifting you up in the process!

Aimed at young adults, yet readable for anyone who ever passed through that age as well. I not only felt kinship with the main character/s, I found myself questioning how I might respond differently... or accordingly, and can only imagine the impact such a novel could have on young women still in the throws of it all (especially with some guidance and great discussion as they plod along through the intricately woven tale/s.

I will most certainly be recommending this to all the young ladies in my life or whom cross my path and allow such recommends.

A winner, indeed.
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1 out of 5 stars. I must be a part of the group of people who have misunderstood this book since I just didn't like it at all. I dunno, I mean the message of the book was good. And don't get me wrong I have read some Christian fiction books before and there were a few that I did like. But this one rubbed me the wrong way I guess. I really can't stand "preachy" books and Daisy's parents were very "preachy". However, I will admit that I liked how Daisy dealt with her parents, and she was a good main character. I'm not to sure about her best friend Claire. I really think Daisy should have found a new best friend, since while I thought Daisy's parents were "preachy", Claire pushed her views onto Daisy too and I have never liked that about people.

Side note -- I just have to say ... where can I order myself a Max?! ALSO -- she has a great "fairy godmother" of a boss, which after you read the explanation of him is kind of surprising.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on July 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
There were some things I enjoyed about this book and some...not so much. I loved how weird Daisy was, but not how she talked to her mother and father. I've met some rude teens in my life, but whoa, is this one more rude than most, and not just in her thoughts. It was like a Christian version of Rosanne. Remember that TV show? Anyway, I'm not all that into fashion and never have been, so some of the vanity stuff and importance of looking good in all the right brands went right over my head.

On the other hand, the whole thing with her life being a wreck was pretty fun to read, and her desire to be noticed as she experienced typical teen issues closely resembled my recollection of high school. The Christian humor was classic and will definitely be universally misunderstood if read my non-Christian teens. But that was part of what made it funny. Loved the journal rants and the author's "voice," too. This author has a quit wit with her dialog and snappy comebacks.

The overall style of the book was so classic Billerbeck. That was one of the things I liked best about it. This comment probably seems out of balance since I mentioned above what I didn't like, but that wasn't my intent. I admire Kristin's accomplishments as an author and her writing in particular, so I don't want this review taken the wrong way. Perfectly Dateless was a quick read and had some great insight, which I've come to expect from Kristin's novels. I loved the mini-sleuthing that was part of the plot, and the whole deception with the boy that she had her eyes on. Would loved to have seen a continuing storyline with her boss, Gil. The reaction from her peers to her makeover at the salon was completely skimmed over, too. Sigh.
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