Book Review: Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck
Perfectly Dateless is teen fiction written from a Christian worldview. It is the story of Daisy Crispin, a senior in high school who wants nothing more than getting a date to the prom. She thinks that her life would be perfect if only she could get a boy to ask her to the dance and have their picture taken to prove she is a "somebody". The entire book centers around her goal and her attempts at becoming popular before she graduates.
As I read this book, I felt so out of touch with today's Christian youth (if, in fact, this is how they think and act). I have three teens of my own (as well as one who's 21 and one who's 11) and unless they talk to their friends differently, I don't see all this angst and silly behavior going on in their lives nor in the lives of their friends.
Now, I'm not so naive to think that my children are immune to such behavior and speech, but I think maybe the author went a little too far in her descriptions of this subculture, unless it is actually how the kids in California live. I know I don't know everything that goes on in my children's lives, but are they really THAT selfish and rude? We must be sheltered here in Eastern Tennessee.
Ok, off my soapbox. I did like the character development in this book, as well as the way that the main character matured throughout the book. I just wish that she was not so rude to her parents or others in her school and youth group. Maybe I'm asking too much.
I guess I wouldn't be a good Christian teen fiction writer. I would probably portray the adults as smarter and wiser than the ones in Perfectly Dateless. And, I would not focus so much on "worldly" pursuits, but I would want the teen characters to be more respectful and obedient. Apparently, that would be a boring book, if we compared it to this one.
Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
What about you? What are your thoughts on teen or "young adult" fiction, especially those published by Christian publishers? Have you read any that you have liked? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the subject? Am I being too harsh? Do I sound like an old "fuddy-duddy"? Please, tell me what you think.
(I received this book from Revell Books for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)