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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!

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Perfectly Dateless

17 Dec

Perfectly Dateless

Kristen Billerbeck

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2010

Paperback: 257

Book Blurb:

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.

Stand alone or series: Series! Thank goodness, I just can’t get enough of Daisy and her mom.

Why I read this book: Daisy reminded me of me. An A type personality who has a lot of trouble fitting in in high school, who loves to write, works hard and saves like crazy, and tries to follow God’s will even when it’s hard.

Review:

Daisy is a character that I can relate to. She wants to fit in, but can’t get it quite right. She’s an uptight girl who makes a plan then executes it down to the T. Daisy is too focused on working hard, whether that’s getting the grade or saving up some money. But it’s these smarts that make her so sassy. Her snappy quips hit the mark every time and had me rolling or shaking my head in agreement.

If there’s one thing Kristen Billersbeck excels at in this novel is characterization. The quirky cast of Perfectly Dateless is vividly drawn, from the boys she crushes on to her crushingly strict parents. Claire is Daisy’s best friend who goes through phases like they’re days of the week—her Goth period is complete with dark poetry and a plastic spider nose ring. Amber’s “lanky, mile long body” is equipped with golden tresses and a razor-sharp tongue that can be sweet as sugar when she’s trying to steal the hazel-eyed Chase Doogle. And then there’s Mrs. Crispin…

Besides Daisy, I think Mrs. Crispin is the best written character. She would get barely a sentence out and my hands would start to clench. According to Daisy, her mom’s favorite word is irreverent and she believes that keeping her daughter in ugly, ill-fitted clothes is suffering for her faith and not suffering for bad fashion choices.

My favorite, and possibly the most painful, scenes to read where between Daisy and her mother. This is where Kristen Billerbeck’s wit really begins to shine as words fly between mother and daughter. But what made it more interesting than the hundreds of other mother daughter conflicts was how God centered it was. Even though Daisy disagreed she always tried to be respectful towards her mother. And some ages old Christian debates about modesty, dating and what it means to live a Christian played out between them in a way that left me wanting to hear more.

I could go on about plots and twists and boys, but I don’t want to spoil it! I would recommend this book to teens and moms as a fun read that will not only leave you laughing but also leave you thinking about where you stand on these issues.