The Dating Games #1: First Date   -     By: Melody Carlson
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Devon, Emma, Cassidy, and Abby have all never been on a date, and with homecoming looming the girls are determined to find dates for the dance. The girls make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Games) and the objective is for them to work together to help each other find dates. But will the girls be able to withstand expectations and rules from their parents, figure out how to act on a date, and get the guy they like to like them back? These 5 girls learn important lessons about love, purity, and dating.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721314
ISBN-13: 9780800721312
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Series: Dating Games

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Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all have totally different experiences. Still, the things they learn about boys and dating will stick with them throughout high school.

Bestselling author and teen favorite Melody Carlson starts off her newest series with a good dose of fun, tackling two topics teen girls love to read about--friends and boys.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She recently received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com.

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  1. Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    well written
    March 3, 2014
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    First Date is well written. It has some good dating advice for teens and also alerts to problems of dating they should avoid. I did have a problem with the book so I give it a four star because I am a conservative Christian and while many Christians do not see any thing wrong with dances I have a problem with that and since this is a book for teens I feel I need to make this known since the whole book is about getting a first date and that date would be to a dance. All this being said, I do believe that it could still be given to a teen to read with the parent's discussion of the things they agree and don't agree.
  2. TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable & Believable
    February 25, 2014
    randomamb
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    First Date is the first book in The Dating Games series by Melody Carlson. Carlson is my favorite author, so I've read most of her books. Considering her teen series that I've finished, this isn't my favorite. That being said, I did enjoy it. I only had minor complaints. I'd say The Dating Games probably won't be near as good as the Carter House Girls or Bloomberg Place, but it may be better than the On the Runway series.

    First Date follows a group of high school girls who decide to make a game of dating. The thing is, none of them have ever been on a date before, and the boys at their christian high school aren't showing any interest. A teacher gives a speech to the boys every year challenging them not to date and to respect the girls. Most of the boys take this challenge seriously. So this group of girls decide they're going to somehow get dates to the homecoming dance. Carlson has always been able to write teens in a very realistic way, and she doesn't disappoint here! I could definitely believe these girls exist--there's the struggling christian, the athlete with overprotective parents, the new girl from a broken home, the beauty who secretly wants friends, and the down-to-earth girl who is caught between old friends and new. The group dynamic works well--we see these girls forge friendships and improve each other's lives. There's not a super strong faith element to this book, but it's definitely evident throughout. As the girls band together to get each other dates, there are inevitable misunderstandings, backstabbing, gossiping, and intense situations. My few complaints included a couple of words that were used that I don't think a teenage girl would ever say (miserly, apropos), a couple of redundancies, and a few comments that made me think they were being too hard on parents (starting a sentence with 'despite being a mom...'). Apart from those minor things, I enjoyed the book. I was especially impressed with the way a situation was handled towards the end of the book. One of the girls has lost a grandparent and feels guilty. The things another character said to help her through it astounded me! I was impressed.

    Overall, I gave this book three stars. It was enjoyable and believable, but I've liked several other Carlson titles more. I'd recommend this book for high school girls (but be aware that there's a lot of superficiality in this story).
  3. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Ending Message!
    February 6, 2014
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I truly enjoyed this fun YA novel! It was such an interesting concept and had was realistic in if a group of girls really started the dating games! There was a good dose of drama that had many surprises, makeovers, and the true bonding of friends!

    Throughout First Date each of the girls give their point-of-views every few chapters with all of them struggling with their self-worth concerning their looks. Only one of them truly knows that their self-worth ultimately comes from a personal relationship with God, but still struggles. However in the end they all learn a valuable lesson that boyfriends don't define who they are and that friends are more important.

    The lesson that Melody delivers concerning dating is great! I love how she encourages girls to pray about who they want to date and if she has peace about it! I thought that was so powerful! Cassidy (the only girl who's really a Christian) might have made mistakes in how she treated the others about her not having a date, but in the end she realized that her relationship with God was more important then scoring a date as well as friendships! She not only asked God as well as prayed regarding who and how she should date, but she also did this for the other girls!

    Overall this was an enjoyable and slightly humorous Pre-Valentine read! It had a very positive message concerning dating and the power of friendship! I'm looking forward to reading more of The Dating Games series!

    I give First Date a 4 out of 5 stars!
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Focus Is On First Dates
    October 7, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melody Carlson in her new book, "First Date" Book One in The Dating Games series published by Revell introduces us to Devon, Emma, Cassidy, Bryn, and Abby .

    From the back cover: When it comes to catching the eye of that cute boy at school, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends.

    Devon, Emma, Cassidy, Bryn, and Abby have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, the girls make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Games) that has just one objective-dates for the dance.

    They're sworn to secrecy, but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. They'll have to navigate expectations and rules from their parents, figure out how to act on a date, and endear themselves to the guys they like.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    "First Date" is written primarily for teenage girls ages 13-18. Why? Because this book will get them to start really thinking about dating, what it entails and what it doesn't and should get them to start asking questions. The type of questions that they have to go to parents about. Which is a good thing. The girls in this book are not deep. They have their minds on one thing and one thing alone getting dates for the homecoming dance. And to reach this goal they form a club. Melody Carlson has written a story that faces all teenagers and I believe that over the course of this series we will see growth in each of these five young ladies.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    "Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mostly Shallow Read with Some Good Points.
    October 6, 2013
    Veronica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is an entertaining story for teenagers about five very different girls. I didn't like the attitude most of the girls had that dating was just a game. A couple of the girls felt a bit manipulative and shallow, but I felt like I could relate to Cassidy, the goody two-shoes as someone called her in the story. I think girls could probably relate to at least one of them. The makeovers were fun. I liked that Cassidy was a strong Christian who was trying to follow God, while the other girls were at varying stages of faith or seemed to have no faith. There were good points made also about being careful who you date and being there for your friends. The story didn't feel preachy and I think most teenage girls would probably like it, Christian or no.

    I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
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