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Perfectly Invisible

21 Oct

Perfectly InvisibleKristen Billerbeck

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2011

Paperback: 272 pages

Book Blurb:

It’s Daisy Crispin’s final trimester of high school, and she plans to make it count. Her long awaited freedom is mere months away, and her big plans for college loom in the future. Everything is under control.

Or is it?

Her boyfriend is treating her like she’s invisible, and her best friend is selling bad costume jewelry in the school quad and hanging out with her boyfriend. To top it off, Daisy’s major humiliation for the year will be remembered in the year book for all eternity. It’s enough to make her wonder if maybe being invisible isn’t so bad after all.

Stand alone or series: This is the second Universally Misunderstood Novel, the first was Perfectly Dateless—a personal favorite.

Why I read this book: As I said above, I loved the first so I was not going to miss the second.

Review:

Daisy is at it again. Graduation is just a few months away, and Daisy can’t wait to get out, especially with Claire acting even crazier than normal. As always, she has it all planned out. But the more she tries to hold on to her perfect plan, the more it falls apart. Her dreams could snuff out like a light, or God could trade them for brighter ones.

The cast is as quirky as quirky as ever and I love them for it! Mrs. Crispin is still making all Daisy’s clothes, including a violet suit. Claire has traded spider nose rings for “trings,” don’t ask, she’ll tell you all about them anyway. Gil is eating onions, which is apparently a bad sign. And while Max makes her feel as if her heart has traded places with a butterfly, he’s distant and she can’t figure out why.

That being said, I must be honest with you. As much as I loved Perfectly Dateless, Perfectly Invisible fell a little flat for me. It could be that my expectations were too high, but I think it had more to do with the climax. I won’t give it away, but I will tell you I didn’t buy it.

If you are a lover of Perfectly Dateless, I’d go ahead and read it anyway. Like I said, the characters are still great. Just adjust your expectations accordingly. If you haven’t read Perfectly Dateless, check out my post from December 17 and have fun. Happy reading!

Caleb + Kate

24 Sep

Caleb + KateCindy Martinusen Coloma

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2010

Paperback: 288 pages, though this was one of my e-reads

Book Blurb:

As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She’s bored with school and life…until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.

Caleb is new to Kate’s exclusive prep school, and it’s clear he doesn’t fit in. In fact, he and his dad work in maintenance for Kate’s father. And while Caleb knows better than to spend time with the boss’s daughter, it seems that every time he tries to back away, something pulls him right back in.

When their parents demand that they are to stay away from each other, they learn of a fight between their families that occurred more than fifty years ago. It’s a mystery Kate doesn’t understand…but a legacy Caleb has endured his entire life.

With the world stacked against them, Caleb and Kate will have to walk by faith to find the path that God has planned for them.

Stand alone or series: Alone and oh so lonely… Okay, so my sister has played me one too many cheesy country songs.

Why I read this book: It was in my library and for teens. Teen Christian fiction, though easier than it was to come by is still not the easiest genre to find so I snap up every chance I can get. Especially if it’s free!

Review:

This book surpassed my expectations. I had only read one book by this author before and while it was decent, it was not one of my favs. This time she went for an all out romance and man was it good. Caleb Kalani and Kate Monrovi meet each other after forced together by the school principal as part of Kate’s “charity work”. Instantly sparks fly. Caleb is all too aware of the generations-long feud between the two families, his grandfather has ground it into his head. However, despite his attempts to stay away from this prissy rich girl, she’s not all he first thought of her and he can’t seem to keep away. No matter how badly it could damage his family relations.

This book packs a surprising amount of heat and I have to say I enjoyed it. I still wish a little more could be said about drawing boundaries and what those boundaries could be, but I think the author paints a fairly accurate depiction of the desire that can bloom in a fresh relationship. I think she also handles their ages well. I tend to be a little wary of high schoolers finding their one true love at the ripe age of 16 or 17, but it is well handled in this book. I found their love and how they handle thoughts of the future to be very convincing.

The book draws interesting conclusions about God and love. I would have preferred the characters’ faith journey to have a bit more of an arch within the story. Caleb and Kate’s romantic journey was far more prominent. As it is a love story that’s not unusual but I would’ve liked to see a little more balance.

I tore through this book in all of two days. Then again, I haven’t done much else since yesterday afternoon. I’m often afraid of getting sucked into a new book because I know I won’t want to do anything else until I’ve finished. And this was certainly one of those. I loved the electricity flying between Kate and Caleb and was interested to see where this fire would take them. Now the publishers market this for age 12 and up but I would say a little bit older, probably fourteen or fifteen. It’s not that the reading level is too hard, but the slightly steamy thoughts swirling around in their heads is a little more than I’d want my 12 year old reading. However, for high schoolers and up I would say this would be one to put on your to-read list.