Sunday, July 22, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous

Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Revell
July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1974-6
Genre: Inspirational/young adult

Daisy Crispin and her best friend Claire have just been offered an amazing trip to Argentina for their graduation gifts from Claire’s parents. But there’s only one catch. In order to meet the requirements for her scholarship to college, Daisy has to spend a week there doing mission work. Daisy and Claire aren’t thrilled, but agree to it. But Libby, Daisy’s missions supervisor, doesn’t seem to like Daisy, and makes life miserable for her.

JC is also there on missions for the same university as Daisy and they both form an instant bond, but Daisy is really hoping to see her high school crush, Max, while she is there. But is Max avoiding her, or is he really busy? What exactly is the status of her relationship with Max?

PERFECTLY RIDICULOUS is the latest book in Ms. Billerbeck’s A Universally Misunderstood Novel series. This book stands alone, but it is the continuing story of Daisy so readers will probably want to read the high school days saga from the earlier books Perfectly Dateless and Perfectly Invisible.

I think Daisy grew up a lot in this book, and that was good to see. I did sympathize with her, wondering what Libby’s problem with her was (since she was so hateful), what Max’s issues were (since at times he was positively a jerk), and was JC really as upstanding as he seemed?

PERFECTLY RIDICULOUS will appeal to your teen girl. Warning – there are some “soft” swear words that might offend some more conservative Christians. $12.99. 245 pages. 4.5 stars.

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