Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristian Bilkerbeck

This was a cute read that was too close to home in a few areas. Alas, I am also the girl with the parents with the messy house, as well as the Mother who makes all her own clothes in prints that just don't work for me. I have had plenty of good home made clothes. I liked that more once I was old enough to pick out my own (non-large flowered) prints and make them myself. So for the first part of this book Daisy and I have plenty in common, including writing in journals. But there the majority of the similarities end and this book really kicks in.

Daisy and her best friend Claire decide to leave the USA and go to Argentina. Claire wants a vacation, and Daisy must fulfill requirements for her collage scholarship. Clair's parents are always gone, but Daisy's parents aren't about to let their daughter go abroad with out them. When Daisy's Mother finds out that the place Daisy can work in to meet her requirements, a children's ministry outreach, is run by her old college classmate, Libby - that seals the deal. They are all going to Argentina!! From there the confusion, a touch of mystery, adventure, romance and just trying to figure out life and herself all find Daisy very quickly!

Perfectly Ridiculous is a fast cute read with a pleasing enough ending.


About the Book:

The final in the Universally Misunderstood Young Adult Series
Daisy Crispin is at a crossroads. In one direction lies the promised land--life at college, away from her embarrassing and overprotective parents. In the other direction is reality--her strapped bank account, an ailing father, and family priorities. Daisy knows the "perfect" daughter wouldn't have to think twice. But maybe Daisy was never really perfect on any level, because she does not want her life to look the way her parents think it should. She won't let that stop her, though. Now that she has been given an exciting free trip to Argentina before going to college, she's thrilled--until her parents decide to go along with her.  

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About the Author

I grew up with a strong sense of justice.  I simply knew the way things should be.  And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist.  My childhood was slightly confusing.  I blame my parents for this.  Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything.  I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them.

Okay, probably not.  I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage.  My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right.  How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society.  I, however, failed miserably.  For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, so it’s clear she hasn’t given up on me yet!  That is eternal optimism!
My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life.  The indulgent life.  How to eat, shop and be merry.  My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction).  My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones.  Tastefully, of course.  I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.
I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”.  He is German.  Practical.   And a Contributing Member of Society.  I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes & handbags. 
Together, we have four children and now it’s our turn to confuse them.  The circle of life.  Dysfunctional family style.

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