Saturday, July 17, 2010

Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck (Review)

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0800734398

About the book:

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.

My Review:
This book is about more than just finding a date for prom. Daisy Crispin is an interesting character. Her mother and father are very conservative Christians and she feels smothered not that she wants to be a bad kid just a more normal one. Her mother makes her wear homemade clothes. She is not allowed to date, have a cell phone, or go to prom. Her life is filled with work, school, and helping her crazy friend Claire. Her friend Claire is only similar to Daisy in the fact they are both outcasts at school. Daisy works for a company that makes checks answering the phones and helping with the accounting. Claire is almost Daisy's opposite. Her parents have a lot of money and she gets to do what she wants when she wants too. The book has journal entries by Daisy in it and they were the best part. There are some funny moments in the book. The book turned more serious toward the end. I thought the ending was rushed and a little choppy. So overall a good Christian YA book. Recommended.

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Review copy provided by Revell.

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