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Perfectly Dateless (Universally Misunderstood Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Great book!

This book is so good. I just started middle school. It was so good for me and other young readers.

posted by Anonymous on February 23, 2013

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13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Sympathetic, funny heroine, but some caveats to the actual story

Daisy is Christian teenager with a perfect GPA and a heart set on college and major life goals, but she also wants to be a teensy bit more "normal," which means that she wants to socialize, go to her senior prom, and stop wearing only the clothes her mother makes for he...
Daisy is Christian teenager with a perfect GPA and a heart set on college and major life goals, but she also wants to be a teensy bit more "normal," which means that she wants to socialize, go to her senior prom, and stop wearing only the clothes her mother makes for her. It's easy to sympathize with her problems, because what she desires isn't unreasonable. Daisy doesn't need to rule her high school or date the hottest guy in town--she just wants a regular boyfriend and some store-bought jeans.

I loved reading Kristin Billerbeck's Christian chick lit back in undergrad, so I was really excited to try out her first YA novel, but though I adored Daisy and her narrative voice, the story itself went kind of wild. For a small example, there are several occasions when someone dresses up in an elaborate costume: Daisy's dad is an actor of sorts, and her mom spends the early pages of the book making over a giant duck suit to look like a goose suit so Daisy's dad can be the goose who laid the golden egg, because someone's hired him to dress that way for a marriage proposal. There's some more improbability going on, with her best friend Claire going viral on Youtube by doing a dance to "Single Ladies" in her hotdog stand uniform, and Daisy's parents doing a 90's-rap sketch about peer pressure in front of her whole school. Maybe one of these things could happen without being implausible, but even for a comedic YA, having all of them in the same story felt too slapstick for me. And without spoilering, I'll say that events get even more hugely dramatic toward the end of the story.

Mr. and Mrs. Crispin have got to win some sort of prize for well-intentioned-yet-mortifying parenting. They're not mean or oppressive, but they're clueless about thieir daughter's need to be socially accepted and they don't seem to know how to empathize with anyone younger than they are.

One other problem I had was the romantic subplot/s. I experienced a lot of confusion over whether Max or Chase was The Guy for Daisy, and it was hard for me to tell who to trust, because they were both painted as slightly too good to be true. The the "who do I trust?" question gets resolved in a very emphatic way, but I wasn't certain which way it would go for a long time.

Daisy's a cute heroine and I love her OCD tendencies, her encyclopedic knowledge of random trivia, and her meticulously reasoned-out lists of guys who might potentially take her to prom. But despite having a winning MC, a large portion of the story didn't seem realistic, which is a shame, because I feel that if the author had stuck to regular situational comedy and the great exisiting dialogue, the novel could have really soared. If you'd like a really good read from this author, check out her Ashley Stockingdale series.

posted by Tiger_Holland on October 23, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Good

    I could totally relate with Daisy and what she was going through at times. My parents weren't that strict but I was the social outcast at my youth group. That being said God used it to help build my character and if you want to see if that's what happens with Daisy in this book or not, check it out. Its currently free so you have nothing to lose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    I dont know

    Havent read it so wondering if it is good

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Ill read it

    I think ill read it because from the reviews people wrote it seems like it must be really good!:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Awesome book

    I am not even half way finished and this book is absoultly greeeeaaaaat i love it get it get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Love this book so far

    I love this book. It is about a girl who is like a teen andtruggles through life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    REALLY GREAT!!!

    THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Good book

    Christians r not not weird for your info

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    This awsome chick

    This awsome chick thinks this book is a good book so if you dont have it you should:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Get it now

    Such a good book with good discriptions and details! To some teens you might say it is relatable!!!! Get it today and you will enjoy it!!

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    I loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

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    Worth the wait!

    I've waited a long time for Kristin's next novel and the fact that it's a young adult novel didn't deter me one bit. I expected the Billerbeck wit and sass and she didn't disappoint. This author has a voice all her own, and I love it. The protagonist, Daisy Crispin, is unflinchingly real and comes at Christianity in a natural way as she navigates the insecurity and drama of teen life. I highly recommend this book!

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