Thursday, August 23, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristen Billerbeck

From the Back of the Book:

Daisy Crispin is at a crossroads. In one direction lies the promised land--life at college, away from her embarrassing and overprotective parents. In the other direction is reality--her strapped bank account, an ailing father, and family priorities. Daisy knows the "perfect" daughter wouldn't have to think twice. But maybe Daisy was never really perfect on any level, because she does not want her life to look the way her parents think it should. She won't let that stop her, though. Now that she has been given an exciting free trip to Argentina before going to college, she's thrilled--until her parents decide to go along with her.

Hilarious and all too true to life, Perfectly Ridiculous gives teen girls more of what they want and love to read from Kristin Billerbeck.

My Thoughts:

Kristen Billerbeck has certainly created a memorable and complex character in Daisy Crispin.  Now finished with high school, Daisy has received a full scholarship to a prestigious university and her very wealthy best friend's parents have promised her a dream vacation to celebrate.

Unfortunately, life rarely goes as Daisy has planned, and neither does her post-high school summer trip.  Filled with hilarious mishaps and rather handsome Argentine young men, "Perfectly Ridiculous" perfectly wraps up Kristen's first series for young adults.

Some of the events Daisy endures are a bit over the top...think Lucy Ricardo absurd.  But some turn out to be teachable moments for the reader.  Just how much do we rely on God vs. rely on ourselves?  Are we always the best judge of character, or are we always impressed by the outward person more?

By the end of the book Daisy has learned some valuable lessons and passed those along to her readers.  This is some of the best young adult fiction I've read in many months, and I hope Kristen continues to try her hand at novels for the younger set.

I received my copy of "Perfectly Ridiculous" from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  The entire "Universally Misunderstood" series is recommended.

Happy Reading!



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