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Perfectly Dateless: A Universally Misunderstood Novel Paperback – July 1, 2010
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review and a teaser on my blog)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book with action!! The story line is great and I recommend it! A fast and great read for everyone to enjoy!Published 11 months ago by Natalie
The book has a lot of christian values so it's appropriate for teens and young adults....but what I couldn't get past... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Abigail
Billerbeck provides a great context for teens understanding their parents decisions in life. This light hearted teen drama shows at the end of the day a God centered family and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tonja Couch
It is an easy read that takes you back to the awkward moments of high school. It's fun and reminds you not everything is what it seems.Published 18 months ago by Stuck with Message
One of those YA that transcends age. I've been reading Kristin Billerbeck's books since falling in love with Ashley Stockingdale,Published 19 months ago by Christa B. Allan