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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: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,502 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 www.KristinBillerbeck.com

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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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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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Perfectly Dateless is a teen romance novel centered around Daisy's pursuit of the perfect prom date. We first meet Daisy at the start of her senior year in high school with a single goal in mind: pursue men until she finds a perfect prom date. In the beginning, Daisy begins a pink prom journal and lists her prospects for the prom date. Her goal throughout the book is to receive something...seeking the prized young man of her dreams. It's the story of girl chasing boy....and the dream boy is poorly named "Chase."

Daisy is presented as brilliant and geeky, with idiotic parents who keep her cloistered like a nun. The first 200 pages of the book include many references to her parents neurotic parenting skills and the resulting frustration felt by this teenager. She is the product of a Christian education, and the author presents the Christian school, parents, and students in a demeaning manner. In fact, if you're rich in this novel, you're the enemy! Specific communities in California are listed with prejudice and I almost fell over reading about Los Gatos, a city close to my home. It was a city where "everyone turns into Al Gore...with an unstated competition of who is greener. People stroll with their designer dogs and hang out in their yoga wear while sipping nonfat lattes." (page 239) I find these references inaccurate, offensive and not entertaining.

As a young adult novel, the book encourages girls pursuing boys, teen defiance, and disrespect for wealthy neighbors. Daisy's parents lie to one another as an acceptable Christian marriage, the teen daughter sneaks out of the house, and each page of the book is centered on deceit.
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