First Date

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Title: First Date
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Released: January 10, 2012

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Addy Davidson just wants to get a scholarship at an Ivy League college and she doesn’t want anything to get in the way of that. The last thing she wants is to be on a reality TV show where the prize is a prom date with the President’s son. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens when she is chosen to be one out of a hundred girls to compete to catch the eye of Jonathan Jackson.

Now, she’s competing in a competition she never auditioned for and never would’ve. She just wants to go home and have her first date with someone she knows well. Thankfully, she finds a friend, if only the other girls were as friendly as Kara. And if only they made it easy to share her faith with them. Will she win the competition? Or will she do more important things?
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This book is a fun teen book with a good amount of cheese. It’s cheesy, however, I think that life needs a bit of cheese every now and again and as long as it isn’t a constant thing I enjoy a cheesy book every once in a while.

Though it’s a tad cheesy, the author comes up with a great reality TV idea: a mixture of America’s Got Talent, Survivor, and The Bachelor. It probably won’t become an actual TV show, but it was a fun idea that was the reason for the book’s cheesiness. It allows the reader to see just how much the girls aren’t well-rounded, unlike what the producers want. It’s a physical and mental challenge for everyone involved and not necessarily because of the challenges in the show; when you put a hundred girls in close quarters and have them fight over a good-looking guy, it’s surprising that at some point there wasn’t a hair pulling, screaming fight.

Despite the cheesy reality show, this book is actually really good. It’s a story about a girl who grows in her faith and comes out of her shell. There are things in this story that are mixed up. Some things are too hard on her and some things are way too easy on her. The other girls and host of the show are way too hard on her and sharing her faith, particularly with Christian hater, is just way too easy. However, the author makes it work well and you put down the book with a feeling that the author understood teens completely.

This author really did write a book that understood teen perfectly. She wrote a fun book that deals with the fears and insecurities of Christian teen girls. Will that push this book onto my favorite list? Probably not. It did make it onto my keeper list though. It also made me look forward to her next book, Starring Me, with Kara as the main character.

Overall, though it’s cheesy, it’s a fun read for any Christian teens and possibly preteens. I recommend it for preteens, teens, and even adults who want to learn how teens think. I give this book a three out of five.

I received this complimentary copy of this book from the Booksneeze program for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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