Revell (July 1, 2011)
To me Daisy Crispin’s interior monologue sounds much like the majority of us who think we are in the minority. No one cares about me, no one sees me, I’m a nothing, most of the rest of the world is too busy with their their important something lives for my unimportant life to matter. However first off as Daisy discovers during her senior year of high school even when our lives matter to no one else of the human race they do to God. Secondly nearly every other human being experiences those same feelings of insecurity sometime or multiple times in their life even the ones that seem to have it all together on the outside.
Insecurity is a fact of life so move over world and make room for the new Daisy Crispin because once she finds herself she just may become a force to be reckoned with. In the meantime look out for the wake that follows her presence which could be imminently more dangerous than a freak storm. Billerbeck presents not only the unpredictability that is teenagedom, but the angst and insecurity that plague us all as we explore our identities and find our independence from parents and familial authority in order to make our way as adults in this world. The breath of fresh air in this novel is that Billerbeck approaches an overdone topic from not only a unique perspective but also with a new mindset. Instead of making this a serious, staid lecture sort of book like parents talking to kids it is much more a laid back, comic relief, entertaining sort of book. Granted a few scenes like the kidnapping get a bit tense but they are brief and well handled so with the large amount of lighter faire throughout the plot Billerbeck keeps her content balanced without losing the reader’s attention. (ISBN#9780800719739, 267pp, $9.99)