Perfectly Ridiculous, Univerally Misunderstood Series #3
All too realistic.
Daisy Crispin's life is changing, in just a few months she will be on her way to college on a full ride scholarship. So for the Summer she is planning to go on a relaxing vacation to Argentina, but there's just one teeny, tiny -- HUGE problem. In order to get the full scholarship, Daisy has to complete 2 weeks of missions work. But her big Summer vacation plans don't have any room for missions. And what about her old Argentine boyfriend? What's a girl to do?
I liked how this book had a realistic feel to it and I could honestly see the things happening in real life. But I had a tough time getting into this book, and honestly I never really did. Because this book was the third in a series where I had not read the other two, it was difficult to catch up on what had happened in the last books. And there were parts that to me, were slow going. There were parts that I liked, and I really liked the conclusion, (but I can't tell you about that!).
This book was well written with a upbeat first person present tense narrative. Because the book had a great realness to it was an totally teenage over-dramatic touch, but in the end I have concluded that the book didn't relate to me, personally. And overall, I guess I'm just sorry that I couldn't appreciate this book as much as it deserves, and as much as a I wanted to.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Ã¢ÂÂAvailable July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Ã¢ÂÂ
August 29, 2012
Perfectly ridiculous... or is it?
Summary: Daisy is so fed up with guys! SheÃ¢ÂÂs right here, in Argentina, the home of Max and yet heÃ¢ÂÂs all but ignoring her. She really thought he was interested in her, even loved her. And yet when he should be pursuing her the most, heÃ¢ÂÂs backing off. Whatever. SheÃ¢ÂÂs got a job to do. She is here to do a last minute service project in order to earn the scholarship she needs to get into college and she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt need a guy messing that up. Enter J.C., a good looking guy whoÃ¢ÂÂs really into her and has a huge heart for hurting children. When he discovers an abused child, he risks his own life to save her from the abusive parent. But heÃ¢ÂÂs also risking DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs scholarship. The director of the mission hated Daisy from the moment she walked in and will take any available excuse to get rid of her. As luck would have it, thatÃ¢ÂÂs sort of the fault of a guy too. Poor Daisy! Does she stand at a chance at having a guy just love her and not lead her straight into trouble?
Notes: In this book, the 3rd in the Universally Misunderstood series, the character continues to explore what GodÃ¢ÂÂs will is and what her identity should be. It continues Daisy's story as a girl from a very strict family (homemade clothes, no cell phones, no dates, no accepting rides from guys, etc) who desperately longs for normal to the point where she rebels to get it in the first book. At this point, sheÃ¢ÂÂs come a long ways in her relationship with God and her relationship with her parents. But she still is unsure of who she is and who she should be. And sheÃ¢ÂÂs very unsure of her relationship with Max. The spiritual themes are focused around being content where God has placed you. Daisy has to learn to fall in love with Jesus before she can enter into a relationship with a guy.
~ J:-)mi aka CTF Devourer
Joshua 22:5 Ã¢ÂÂ But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
Thank you to Revell for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!
July 30, 2012
Daisy Crispin makes me smile. She believes in God, but this time her problems might be even too big for Him to solve. She believes in love but keeps landing in Dumpsville. She deserves a vacation; she gets an adventure.
Kristen Billerbeck did us a favor when she created Daisy. Her character is strong, scatter-brained, and unlucky. She has a boy problem--two of them. All she wants is independence, and she gets stuck in prison. What is that all about? :)
The beginning of the tale took off slowly via Daisy's journal, which could have had an easier-to-read font. While it was enjoyable to read, the action didn't pick up until near the middle. Then I couldn't put it down.
Dialogue rocked. I always knew who was talking and giggling over what they said.
Plot was unpredictable.
The supporting cast of characters were charming and 3-D. Max was a wee bit aggravating at times. My emotions were jerked all about with that character--as Daisy's were.
Spiritual arc seemed a bit hammered in at the end. The concept was clear and consistent throughout the book.
In short this novel is a perfectly ridiculous read. I recommend it. I received this book courtesy of Revell. This is my honest opinion.
July 28, 2012
YouÃ¢ÂÂve got to love Daisy. She really tries to get it right. All she ever wanted was to blend in and not be noticed. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not easy to be Ã¢ÂÂodd man outÃ¢ÂÂ in high school.
Daisy made it through school and was looking forward to summer. A lot of DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs life has been perfectly ridiculous, but now she thinks sheÃ¢ÂÂs gotten beyond that.
SheÃ¢ÂÂs going on a vacation with her good friend to Argentina, and will get to spend time with her Ã¢ÂÂso calledÃ¢ÂÂ boyfriend. Then off to college in the fall.
SheÃ¢ÂÂs thing thatÃ¢ÂÂs a perfect beginning to her post high school life. Wrong! Her college scholarship is based on doing charity work. Okay, that takes up one week of her vacation, but she still has another week to enjoy. Wrong! Her parents decide to come with her. You know - the father who dresses in silly costumes and sings, and the mother who makes all DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs dorky clothes.
Then thereÃ¢ÂÂs the alleged boyfriend and then a new possible boyfriend. What could happen with all that going on? Lots could and does happen.
IÃ¢ÂÂm eager for the next book in DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs life.
July 27, 2012