Saturday, July 28, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristin Billerbeck

About the book:

Daisy's ready for summer fun--but it seems summer has something else in store.

High school is over, and Daisy Crispin is happy to leave it in her past and look forward to a bright new future at college. In the meantime, she is planning an all-expenses-paid trip with her best friend Claire to Argentina--home of exotic food, the tango, and her handsome sort-of boyfriend Max.

When Daisy discovers she needs to do missions work to fulfill the requirements of her scholarship, she chalks it up to her monumental bad luck in life and kisses her vacation goodbye. What was supposed to be a relaxing time in the lap of luxury turns into hard work, sleeping on a cot, avoiding scorpions, and stressing about where she stands with Max. Daisy wonders if anything in her life will ever go according to plan . . .

My review of Perfectly Ridiculous:

So, Daisy’s story has come full circle.  I have enjoyed spending time reading her story and she has been an entertaining, and sometimes annoying, character.  In Perfectly Ridiculous, we see her learning many lessons during a missions trip to Argentina.  While I would say I enjoyed this story overall less than the previous two books in this series, I did enjoy seeing Daisy learn and mature because of her experiences.

As always the writing is very well done.  Kristin is very good at getting into the mind of a teenager and allowing the reader to experience things through young eyes.  While this book is geared toward young adults, I still felt like I got a lot out of this because there was so much reality.  Even though Daisy is in a foreign country, experiencing things that not many of us will experience, Kristin brings us grown ups back to those difficult high school days and she gives young adults an outlet where they can learn through Daisy.

Overall, Perfectly Ridiculous is a very good way to round out the Universally Misunderstood series.  Young and old readers can get a lot out of these stories, and be entertained at the same time.  As with the other books in this series, parents can feel comfortable allowing their teenage girls to read Perfectly Ridiculous without being confronted with a confusing message.  I strongly recommend this book, but it should be read after the first two books in this series.

Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

This book was provided for review by Revell.

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