Perfectly Dateless (Universally Misunderstood Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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, has to wear lame homemade clothes, and has 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 attempt to completely ruin her life?

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Perfectly Dateless (Universally Misunderstood Series #1)

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Overview

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, has to wear lame homemade clothes, and has 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 attempt to completely ruin her life?

With hilarious and truthful writing, Kristin Billerbeck uncovers the small--and large--mortifications that teen girls encounter. Readers will fall in love with Daisy's sharp wit and resourcefulness as she navigates the world of boys, fashion, family, and friendship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441211750
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: My Perfectly Misunderstood Life , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 256,963
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants. A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. She lives with her family in northern California.
Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants, Perfectly Dateless, and Perfectly Invisible. A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. She lives with her family in Northern California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Great book!

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

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Gg

    Ok this is a great book!!! Daisy's problems are very easy to understand. I immediatley liked her. And the mom is very annoying!! The author does a great job of portraying the characters

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    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 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.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Love Daisy Crispin!

    Nerd's of the world unite! I was invisible in high school and although Daisy's world is much more colorful, I loved reading this book. I love her journel entries and obsession with boys. Kristin Billerbeck did a great job with this character. I loved perfectly invisible as well.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    First in Universally Misunderstood series is great YA Christian fiction

    Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck is the first in the Universally Misunderstood series. Daisy Crispin wants her senior year to be different. Her parents are over-the-top about being stingy with money as well as way over-protective of their only child. She attends a Christian high school, but wears homemade clothing more appropriate for a Denny's waitress, and she's not allowed to date..ever. But Daisy wants a date for prom to show that her time in high school wasn't a complete waste, and she's sick of being perfect. Perfect grades, perfect daughter, hard working, etc. But there are cliques in her high school, just like any other, and despite attending school there for three years, she's virtually invisible to anyone with popularity, except for life-long crush Chase, who would be her ideal date. I had a hard time liking Claire, Daisy's best friend. Claire can't seem to ever say anything even remotely nice, and she refused to listen to anything Daisy had to say, regularly disregarding her feelings. But Daisy is a stand-out heroine. She is occasionally misled, but her intentions are so good and her thirst for life so strong, it's impossible not to love her. At first her parents seem like any other set in YA Christian fiction, well-intentioned but misunderstood by their children, but as the book progresses, the reader discovers that Daisy's parents are truly every teen's worst nightmare. They refuse to listen to anything she has to say or consider her point of view because they are so completely obsessed with her not repeating their mistakes. Their character growth as well as Daisy's makes the book a terrific read for teens as they realize that parents can make mistakes too, and are works in progress, just like they are. I do hope that Billerbeck writes more books using these characters, especially Claire who is in desperate need of best-friend rehab.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Awesome book!!!!

    Great book for high school girls, especially those who are concerned about dating and are wanting a boyfriend. It tells of a high school senior who struggles with these issues, and although her parents aren't relatable to most teenager's parents, she shows how a teenage girl should follow God and not the world. It is a great read, keeping you reading until the very end. Although the ending doesn't give much closure to what happens afterword, it is still another great book by Kristen Bilerbeck. I hope she continues writing novels for young girls, because this one was great!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Hi

    I like how its free its a great book i love one direction who else does

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Perfectly Dateless Review

    Hmmmm, I hardly know what to say about this book. Perfectly Dateless, by Kristin Billerbeck, is a teenage fiction novel about a young girl, Daisy, who is looking for the perfect date for prom. The problem is that she comes from a strong Christian family who won't let her date and she is determined to change their minds.

    I hated this book. Understandable as I am not a teenage heart-throb out looking for the next man meat to devour. However, I don't just hate this book now, I would definitely have hated it as a teenager. I was never this shallow. Never this boy crazy. The book is written half story, half journal entries (which I found stifling and boring) and definitely not my kind of book.

    Who this book is good for: This book might possibly be good for a very young teenager. Any highschool student would scoff at the shallow, naiive absurdity of it all. However, a preteen 12-14 year old would probably swoon at the prospect of prom and prom dates.

    **I received this book free of charge through Baker Publishing House

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Almost like the Gilmore Girls with a Christian twist

    Have you ever seen the series Gilmore Girls? I felt like I was reading the story, only with a Christian twist.

    The main character is Daisy who has over protective parents. She also has a best friend who I would not want on my bad side. This book is meant for the young at heart and is definitely meant to bring humor when the "teenage" years are the hardest.

    I thought the book was humorous only because I kept picturing the Gilmore re-runs. In every chapter, is an allude to something that has happened in either social media or in the last few years. Again, the same with the Gilmore Girls. (I doubt my Grandma would understand half the references.)

    I would hesitate to allow young young eyes read this book without the permission of the parents. It had reference to drugs and some parts suggest other things that are for the mature audience.

    Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Awesome book

    I loved it im so buying the rest of the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Love it

    This is a good book for me to read and i could under stand all the problems daisey was going thru at this time and my little sisster she is 9 could understand it to so rilly good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Slightly innapropriate

    This is a fantastic story, dont get me wrong, but it is slightly innapropriate for young readers, under the age of 14. The part about the roofies (date rape pills) was too innapropriate for my ten year old daughter. She wast interested in the constantly changing relationships, and she didnt like how un-realistic some of her parent issues like the school performance was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Anonymous

    It was a good book. It was a sweet story, but confusing at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Love it!!

    This is a great book for youger readers such as myself. The story is very interesting. And some characters may be frustrating at first but as the book progresses you begin to love them! It is a great story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Good book.

    Did he do it or not though? Because i am confused.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Hi...

    Is this worth getting?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    AMAZING

    I didnt have a single clue about what the ending was going to look like until I actual read the last words of it. Kristin is really gifted in making the reader laugh. If a Christian young lady is looking for a good book to read that isnt full of bad language or content, this is a good option for you. Even if you are NOT a Christian, I still recomend this book because it has a good moral behind it. Every teen girl should read this book.
    If you like this book then you can read the two other books in the series: Perfectly Invisible and Perfectly Rediculous. I hope you enjoy these great books. :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    I want a free copy like everyone else!!!

    :-)

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    good

    Cute funny and chrisian

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    I love this book!!!!

    This book was a great read, with a great plot and story :) RECOMEND IT 100%

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