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Perfectly Ridiculous (My Perfectly Misunderstood Life Book #3): A Universally Misunderstood Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Billerbeck
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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 . . .

Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants, Perfectly Dateless, and Perfectly Invisible. She lives with her family in northern California.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UPQCM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have so many great things to say about this series. My advice is to read the books and find out how amazing they are for yourself. Highly recommended. Couldn't put the books down, and they're amazing value too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Awesome!! 6 Aug. 2012
By Molly - Published on
After reading <em>Perfectly Dateless</em>, I knew I would want to read the next <strong>Universally Misunderstood</strong> novel. I loved the way Billerbeck blended humor, romance and a good Christian message in with complex and witty characters. It was a captivating novel to say the least. So, I sat down with this next <strong>Misunderstood</strong> novel and well....I was once again highly intrigued and swept away! Billerbeck's characters are back and just as witty and charming as previously. I loved every minute of this novel!

Daisy is off to college....or so she thinks. There's a catch to her attending, though. She has to complete a mission trip for two weeks, and then she'll have a full ride with a scholarship. Well, that's an ultimate that quickly turns ridiculous! She decides to incorporate a vacation into the required mission, and things go really haywire from there!

Daisy's thinking is quite like mine.....take care of two things at once and be done. Right? Wrong!!! When she arrives in Argentina, she's trying to come to terms with her boyfriend (on again/off again....sort of!) Max, and have a little fun in an exotic land. But, as she quickly realizes, things aren't what they seem and she really needs to sit down and make up her mind about herself and where she stands in life.

With amazing messages from God, and learning to deal with the complications of life and education, making commitments and embracing the world for what it is, Ms. Billerbeck has created a fabulous 5 Book worthy novel. I highly recommend this for Young Adults and Adults, alike. You'll be swept away into the perfectly ridiculous and often misunderstood world of Daisy, her maybe boyfriend Max and all her friends! I am looking forward to another <strong>Misunderstood</strong> novel soon! Well done, Ms. Billerbeck!

*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read 30 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristin Billerbeck is the third book in the YA fiction Universally Misunderstood series. Daisy Crispin is finally done with high school and looks forward to a bright future as a finance major in college. To add to her happiness, her best friend's parents are giving an all-expenses-paid trip to beautiful Argentina! As an added bonus, Argentina is where her extremely attractive sort-of boyfriend, Max, lives! Some summer fun, independence from her well meaning but slightly overbearing parents, and the possibility of an innocence foreign romance! What more could a girl ask for?

But, of course, things never turn out as Daisy expects, as we have seen in the last two books.

Soon, a letter arrives in the mail dictating that Daisy cannot get her scholarship for four years at the university unless she completes two weeks of mission work. Bye bye tango lessons, exotic tours, spa days, and Argentinian steak... Or is it? Daisy soon comes up with a compromise. One week helping with a rural VBS program and another week enjoying her vacation in paradise? Sounds like the perfect plan, right?

Or... it could be perfectly ridiculous.

This book is so refreshingly real. I mean, true, most girls don't go to Argentina, have parents who are as eccentric as Daisy's, and have an affluent best friend, but the dialogue and Daisy's inner thoughts are just so spot on! Daisy's quirks makes this book even more endearing to the point that she feels like a real person! I believe teenage girls will absolutely relate and love the witty, and honestly, brilliant writing. I also love books with a big-impact lesson. I think on of the main themes in the Universally Misunderstood books is letting go of the OCD tendency most teenage girls have and letting our lives be piloted by God. Readers are able to see that Daisy's misadventures are often a result of her, as Daisy's mom puts it in the book, "playing God". I think this is an excellent message to girls, as I know it is to me, to really learn to depend on God and acknowledge His sovereignty. I also love how the end of the book leaves the reader fulfilled yet leaves enough open so that the reader could decide Daisy's future, so to speak. The ending is very well-written, as is truly the whole book. I'm so glad I found this series!
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Ridiculous 30 July 2012
By Danyelle0423 - Published on
Daisy Crispin is happy to leave high school behind and is looking forward to starting new in college. Before she goes away she is planning an all-expenses-paid trip with her best friend Claire to Argentina. She can't wait to sink her teeth in some exotic food, watch the tango, and possibly assess the relationship between her and her sort-of boyfriend, Max.

Her vacation comes to a screeching halt when she learns that she has to do missions work to fulfill the requirements for her college scholarship, not to mention her parents insist on coming with her. Now what was supposed to be a relaxing time in the lap of luxury turns into hard work, cots, avoiding scorpions, and stressing about her relationship with Max.

However, as she learns what life is like in true poverty, she becomes thankful for her life surrounded by toilet paper, homemade close, and too much family stuffed into one home. She also meets a boy who shows her what a healthy relationship can look like. If only she could forget Max and start something that doesn't make her feel less than worthy.

Can Daisy finish her scholarship requirement or will she be stuck not going? Will Daisy learn to put more trust in God or will she rely on herself her whole life? Will trouble find her like it always does or will she finally have some time that's trouble free? Will she be able to move on from Max or will she still allow him to have some hold over her?

Having never read a book by this author, let alone this series, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was a book filled with adventure and trouble. Not reading the first two books in the series seems to be a mistake not just because of the mention of previous stories but because I missed all the trouble and sticky situation that Daisy and her friend seem to get into.

I connected with Daisy right away because of her parents. Like her, my parents are overly protective, but thankfully that's where most of the similarities end. My family doesn't make our own clothes, I don't live in the garage surrounded by toilet paper, nor do my family use our home as a storage unit for the rest of my family's stuff. Despite that, I felt a kinship with Daisy because, though I don't know what it feels like to go to school with knockoffs and homemade clothes, I do know what embarrassment feels like. The portrayal of that embarrassment and teen angst that comes with wanting to grow up, is spot on and I give the author huge credit for being able to portray that in a way that someone not even close to being in that situation can understand.

My favorite part is her parents on vacation. I loved it. Her parents are the A-typical tourist floral shirt, muumuu and all. Which is totally embarrassing but I felt that it was a slightly humorous quirky touch to the story. Another thing I liked as well, was her parents role in the story, in the end, they trusted her and vice versa, and were really cool when Daisy needed them to be most. It really makes you appreciate the role your parents have in your life.

One thing I was really looking forward to was the ministry part of the book, unfortunately the author decided to not delve into that part and I was a little disappointed. In my opinion it was a huge opportunity wasted. I wanted to be shown the need there is for ministries in poverty stricken areas and the change it can bring the people who need help and the volunteers. Unfortunately, I wasn't given that, only slight touches and mentions, but because I wasn't painted a real picture, I have to take the character's word on how they live. Not to mention Daisy's view on her role in this amazing thing is something she has to check off her list, not something life changing for her an those around her.

This book was a quick, enjoyable read. It wasn't one that I would make my favorites list, but it was one that I feel most teen would probably enjoy. Though this book didn't make this author one I have to read again, I will look forward to any more releases by her and will probably read more from her later.

Overall, an enjoyable, quick read, but not one that makes a real lasting impression. I recommend this to any teenage girl and those who love a young adult genre book that involves a lot of trouble. I give it's book a three and a half out of five.

*I received this complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Perfectly Ridiculous 22 July 2012
By Chelsey Lynn - Published on
I am still trying to decide how I felt about this book as a whole. There are parts that I loved about it and parts that I didn't care for so much. The storyline was very realistic and could happen to any recent high school graduate. Daisy Crispin is about to head off to college and wants to have one lasting summer before she has to plunge into the books again. She thinks that going to Argentina will be the ultimate experience before her freshman year of college, until she learns that while she is there she must complete an entire week's volunteer work for her college scholarship. She, like most teens, begrudges this at first but doesn't quite see the beauty in it until her week is almost up.

Daisy and her best friend, Claire, go to Argentina looking to socialize and get something other than what they bargained for. Daisy is forced to volunteer in a rundown town on the outskirts of Argentina. She witnesses life as it really is for the famished and homeless there. This is an eye opener for her as it would be for anyone. She sees children who are abused and people who barely have food to eat. This was one of my favorite parts of the book because Daisy was put into a situation that was new to her and her character was allowed to grow and expand. This was a maturing process for her. She learned to cook and even though it was morbidly awful the starving townspeople could have cared less. She really grew as a person through her experience.

Daisy is also in the middle of two guys. One that she wishes would stop disappointing her and actually hold true to his word and the other who she meets while on her trip. I did not like the first guy at all, Max was his name. He seemed to have a lot of family issues and that took up a lot of his time, but I still did not like the way he handled things with Daisy. He lied to her when he had no reason to. J.C. is who she meets while in Argentina and I absolutely loved him! I think he helped to bring out the best in her. I can really appreciate that in a male character.

Now for what I did not like about the book. Well first off, Daisy's parents insisted that they accompany her on the trip. And yes, I understand that they are only concerned for her daughter and what could happen to her, but really I believe that she should have had this experience on her own. Secondly, throughout the book Daisy would pause and the font would change to what I suppose was her handwriting and she would enter her thoughts into her diary. She was already narrating the book! I did not think it was necessary, neither did I like it. Some parts of the book were enjoyable, but there were others that I just could not get on board with.

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

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review***
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series so far! 8 July 2012
By Librarian Laura - Published on
In the third installment of the Universally Misunderstood series, Daisy finds herself in Argentina for what should have been a vacation with her wealthy best friend and a chance to see where things stand with Max. Instead, Daisy has to go help out at a mission for underprivileged kids in the slums of Argentina so that she can secure her scholarship to Pepperdine. At the mission, things go from bad to worse as Max dumps her and J.C., the cute guy working with her and future classmate at Pepperdine, is bitten by a scorpion and beaten up when he tries to help out an abused kid. Kicked out of the mission, Daisy is fearful of her scholarship and her feelings for Max and J.C. Will Daisy learn to embrace God's Grace, or will she continue to fear His Rules?

This is my favorite of the three books in the series. I've long been a fan of Billerbeck's adult books, and I felt a little disappointed with her YA books so far. In this book, she hits her stride and delivers a fun read full of funny encounters, sharp wit, and a little bit of food for thought.

In the first two books, Daisy got on my nerves with her back-and-forth feelings for Max, and I feared the third book would be more of the same...just a different country. Adding the character of J.C. mixed things up and brought out a stronger Daisy. I found I liked her a lot better when she was forced to think for herself and when she was around J.C. I also loved the change in her relationship with her overbearing parents, who truly love her despite their awkward dance routines and homemade clothes. Another pleasant surprise was Claire. For two books, she tried fad after fad, searching for a place to belong, and she found it in Argentina. I would love to read about her next adventure. (Hint, hint, K.B.)

Fans of the Daisy series will enjoy this third book, and I do recommend that new fans read them in order. I'm hoping there's a fourth book so we can see what happens next.
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