The Perfect Blindside
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
She's a judgmental honors student with a flair for photography.
Slashed tires.... False accusations.... A coded message.... When all they can see is each other's flaws, how can Jake and Sophie work together to figure out what's really been happening at the abandoned gold mine?
Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.
There is some hand holding and one kiss.
There is a scene with aggressive flirting, but it is shown in a negative light.Violence & Gore: Mild
The lead character is captured and hit in the face.
While trying to escape a character punches his captor then is shot at.
Someone is injured in a chase scene, but it is not described in detail.
A sheriff pulls a gun on a suspect.Profanity: Mild Minor curse words such as darn, bull, freakin’, and dang. Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: None Lead characters uncover a drug operation. There is a lot of discussion of the harmful and dangerous use of drugs.
Publication Date: 2015-08-01
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
Welcome! I'm Leslea Wahl, author of The Perfect Blindside. For as long as I can remember I have been a creator of stories with ideas swirling through my head. I am thrilled now to be able to share some of them with others. For many years I have been driven by a belief that our purpose in life is to use our gifts to glorify God and lead others to Him. I am blessed to have found a way to intertwine my two passions by creating adventurous stories with positive Christian messages for today's youth. Not only do I hope to entertain with my writing, but also to inspire others to find their gifts as well. The Perfect Blindside was awarded a 2016 Illumination Christian Book Award silver medal and was a first place winner at the 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Awards.
I enjoyed this story of how two teens who are initially at odds eventually grow to care for each other. It's a sweet romance in a beautiful setting with an intriguing mystery thrown in. I also enjoyed learning about snowboarding!
With mystery, well-developed characters, and light romance, The Perfect Blindside is a great teen read. Leslea Wahl’s writing style makes this a fast-paced story that is hard to put down, especially as the mystery and adventure unfolds. I enjoyed experiencing snowboarding with main character Jake. The sensory details are great! But I had never considered the effects of fame on a young person and the trials that go along with that. I also appreciated the natural way Sophie, the other main character, prayed and struggled with choices.
I especially loved the moral messages of using your gifts for the glory of God and of not jumping to conclusions about others.
The Perfect Blindside is a great book for teens! It has a contemporary appeal, likable characters, and a little suspense and romance too. It's well-written, and includes simple but important faith messages that teens -and adults - often need to be reminded of.
In the course of Jake dealing with his newfound fame and Sophie searching for a big story to break, they discover friendship, attraction, and something suspicious going on around the town's abandoned mine. Through it all, Sophie learns to trust God and not be so quick to judge others. Jake learns to rely on God and get his priorities in order while keeping his ego in check.
Bottom line: a fun read that I'm eager to hand to my teen.
The Perfect Blindside is a young adult novel featuring a touch of romance, a lot of adventure, and no shortage of angst.
Jake's an Olympic gold medalist who's moved to Nowhereville. He's none too happy about it, and can't help but be interested in Sophie, who seems to be the only girl in school who's not overcome with his brand of awesome. The two of them clash and find themselves unlikely allies, but not without hurt feelings, he-said-she-thought drama, and at least one secret tunnel.
The book's written with an alternating point-of-view style, which allows Jake and Sophie to share their stories. It also gives you the feeling of knowing more...and less...than you might want to.
Sometimes, reading teen fiction gives me an insight into the young people in my life. The things I worry about and think about are more than a little different now than they were when I was a teen.
It's good to have a reminder of that, and also to see that even "good" kids can be jerks. These characters are real, with their faults and their strengths, not so different from the teens and preteens in my life.
The plot holds up, and even if you figure it out, you'll enjoy the trip to the end.
The themes cover fame and stereotyping as well as drugs and corruption. There is, perhaps, room to have a discussion about misuse of authority, and not just from the obvious authorities in our lives.
Overall, a book I enjoyed and recommend.
THE PERFECT BLINDSIDE is a thrilling adventure with suspense that keeps you turning the page. As a result, it is bound to be a huge hit with its targeted YA audience. Yet I found that I was turning the page in anticipation even before the story turned more clearly into a crime-centered novel. THE PERFECT BLINDSIDE was also engaging on account of its characters and writing style.