Perfect Blindside
Perfect Blindside

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Wahl, Leslea 

Pauline Books & Media 



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Nothing ever seems to happen in Silver Springs—until Jake Taylor moves to town.

About this Book:

Fresh off a championship medal, Jake is becoming overwhelmed by everyone who wants something from him: reporters, fans, girls, companies, his parents. He can't figure out who is real and who just wants something. To top it all off, his parents have dragged him to a middle-of-nowhere town in Colorado, far away from his teammates and anything interesting.

Then there's smart and savvy Sophie. She has spent the summer before her junior year of high school following Jake Taylor, recent snowboarding sensation, in every magazine and article she could find. Now he's moved into Silver Springs and she finds out what the reporters and everyone else seems to have missed—Jake's letting the fame go to his head. He's just a jerk and Sophie has no respect or patience for that!

Peaceful Silver Springs, however, has an even bigger problem than Jake's inflated ego. Wildlife is dying inexplicably, tires are getting slashed, and everything seems to be falling apart. Can Jake and Sophie work out their differences to discover what's really been happening at the abandoned silver 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.

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes the themes of fame, stereotyping, drugs and corruption
  • Features the faith of a teen in action
  • Encourages teens to look beyond first impressions

About the Author:

Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and three children. Their own life of adventure includes traveling, skiing and scuba diving. Leslea strives to write fiction that will inspire readers to use their own talents and gifts to glorify God. Visit Leslea's website at

What Are People Saying about this Title?

These characters are real, with their faults and their strengths, not so different from the teens and preteens in my life.
-Sarah Reinhard, National Catholic Register

While the characters are Catholic, the message is universal and will appeal to all Christian teens.
-Stephanie Engleman, A Few Beads Short blog, author of A Single Bead

It has a contemporary appeal, likable characters, and a little suspense and romance too.
-Carolyn Astfalk, Relevant Fiction for Body & Soul Blog

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 1/4 x 8 inches
Pages: 240

Keywords: adventure, romance, snow boarding, fame, photography, celebrity status, judging others, expectations, fiction, Catholic fiction, teen, competition, drug rings, gold mines,

Beth Ruggiero says...
I am often hesitant when it comes to reading Catholic young adult literature, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with The Perfect Blindside. Not only does it tell a good story, but it brings aspects of the faith into the story without beating the reader over the head. I appreciate the effort by Leslea Wahl to appeal to her young adult readers that way. The story tells of an Olympic silver-medalist named Jake who moves to a small town in Colorado. There he tries to keep to himself, which is nearly impossible because of his recent fame. Everyone seems to be fawning all over him except one girl, Sophie. Sophie cant stand Jake and the story begins with her disgust at his self-centered attitude. As the story progresses, the two are forced in situations that allow them to chat and get to know each other better. They begin to realize that first appearances were not what they seemed and they begin dating. An unexpected twist occurs when Jake finds himself in the middle of a drug-smuggling ring and pushes Sophie away to keep her safe. She goes back to her disgust for the jock and he tries to be heroic on his own for her own good. Unfortunately, he learns that he needs her and she must come to his aid. The story will appeal to many young adults for its love story and adventure. I found it cute that the story mimicked some of the popular parts of Pride and Prejudice (ie. meeting awkwardly, having disgust for each other). I really appreciated that the love story focused on the two getting to know each other and NOT on a physical relationship like so many young adult pieces do. It was also refreshing to see strong families and parents who make an effort to keep their kids faithful and going to church. There was even a pastor who cared enough to find a way to try to coax Jake back to the church. Id encourage any young Catholic to read the story for an entertaining read. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Pauline Books & Media.

Beth Ruggiero says...

James Midgley says...
The Perfect Blindside is a great little story. I liked the themes of the consequences of fame and of not jumping to judgmental conclusions about other people. The alternating stream-of-consciousness dialogue is well done, and the snowboarding/skateboarding element is sure to be a draw for kids. Once I got into the book, I didn’t want to stop reading. I liked the adventure aspect of it, with the old silver mine and the girl risking herself with the bad guys for the boy’s sake. The book has the kind of basic, archetypal elements that make people want to read stories: conflict transformed into love, evil defeated by good, and a happy ending in which the hero and heroine gain some measure of wisdom. I hope that Leslea Wahl continues to write books as engaging as this one. I am going to recommend it to my students.

Camille Schiano says...
+ The Perfect Blindside is an important story about appreciating the gifts God has bestowed on each of us. The vehicle utilized by the author is first person narration by the two main characters, and it works well. The characters are solid, and the reader grows to care about their struggles. The message is well-illustrated through the lives of these young people without preaching. This is a memorable and fast-paced novel with an uplifting theme. I highly recommend it.

Martha Ashley says...
The Perfect Blindside offers a sweet romance, an intriguing mystery and suspenseful action. Young teens and tweens will relate to the inner doubts and conflicts experienced by Jake and Sophie. The inner and outer dialogue was well executed, and the pace of the story, though a little rushed, made for a pleasant, entertaining and positive reading experience.

Colleen McManamon says...
-Good action story. -Readable though not very challenging for older teens. -Main characters, both Sophie and Jake, seemed overly negative and sour on life and particularly adult interactions from the beginning… They both had a rather negative running commentary in their heads. -Plot, and particularly conversions to appreciating Jake (Sophie) and coming to a faith perspective (Jake) seemed a bit too implausible given their initial starting places. They werent a there and suddenly they had changed positions.....Sophie sees more to love about Jake, but he suddenly decides his faith -Nice addition to a line of teenage fiction. -Some foundation to expand (ala Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys) into a series of adventures for these two. Overall fairly good book.

Lois Hjelmstad says...
Review for The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl Through a deft use of dialogue and authentic teen-speak, the author has written an interesting, contemporary twist on boy-meets-girl, adventure ensues, boy-gets-girl. The story is a page-turner, easily followed, and delivers several strong moral messages. The characters are well-developed and we are pulling for them, both in unraveling the mystery and in their love story. The title theme carries throughout and is happily resolved.
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