Wahl, Leslea. The Perfect Blindside. Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media, 2015.
Summary from Amazon
He’s an egotistical snowboarder with a silver medal.
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.
All I can say is WOW! Leslea Wahl really understands teens. Jake, at the beginning, exudes an attitude that comes across to some as egotistical. He is after all an Olympic silver medalist in snowboarding. But friends convince him to care about others and his heart slowly softens.
Sophie is smart but has an ax to grind. She blames Jake for her increase in insurance rates – she was speeding to try and catch a glimpse of him when she got a ticket and then was tailgating her and she blew through a stop sign getting her a second ticket. She has such a cold attitude toward Jake that he labels her the Ice Princess. When they give each other a chance they discover the other one is really okay after all.
At the urging of her priest, Sophie gently talks with Jake about her faith and by the end they are both relying more heavily on the Lord as they face difficult situations.
The characters are well developed. The mystery plot is well-written and unpredictable. I look forward to reading more about these two in Extreme Blindside.
I will be adding The Perfect Blindside to my k-12 Christian school library. I think it will appeal to middle schoolers and older.
I received a complimentary copy of The Perfect Blindside. This is my honest review.
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