I love reality shows. In fact, I look forward to watching Survivor, The Amazing Race, and The Apprentice all week. First Date, by Krista McGee, is a story of 100 young girls competing against each other on a fictional reality show called The Book of Love. They are hoping to win a date (to the prom!) with the president's very handsome son, Jonathan. Every girl wants to be there except Addy Davidson. Addy Davidson is chosen to be on The Book of Love by her high school principal who feels she is unique and special- something different than the other girls. We follow Addy as she participates in the competition- although at the beginning she is not exactly thrilled about it. But that is soon to change...
The competition is harsh and Addy's faith is tested. With the support of her friend, Kara, and her uncle Addy becomes a role model and an inspiration. First Date was refreshing and I enjoyed each and every page! I loved learning more about Addy's background that also includes her missionary parents. Her Mom's journal entries were bittersweet. I also enjoyed watching Addy's faith in God grow stronger as she saw God's purpose for her being on the reality show. the parallels to the book of Esther were very apparent. The characters were well written, the story line was believable, and the humor was clever. I can't wait to read the book again- this time with my daughters!
Addy Davidson has been chosen as the representative for her school in the new TV reality show, The Book of Love, with the prize being a date to the senior prom with Jonathon Jackson - the son of the President of the United States. Addy is an orphan, bought up by her Uncle Mike, and although she is a Christian, like many of us, she is nervous about sharing her faith, so she doesn't want to be on TV representing her Christian school, least of all on a show where the Ã¢â¬Ëprize' is a date with such a public figure. But as the competition progresses and she starts getting to know Jonathon, Addy finds herself wanting to stay on the show.
First Date is a fun YA retelling of the story of Esther. I had to remind myself of this a couple of times when the plot seemed to veer off into overly-contrived situations - but situations that were consistent with the Biblical story, so had to be included. I found some of the passages a bit juvenile, but then I'm the YA's mother, so (ahem) am a little out of the target age range.
But I'm sure my daughter would love First Date, as it has all her favourite things - celebrities, reality TV, a talent show, people being voted off, tears, nasty contestants, an even nastier producer/host, bribery _ all in all, quite a few lessons about the nature of 'reality' TV, underpinned by a clear Christian message.
Overall, this was a fast and enjoyable read that will be sure to appeal to older girls and teenagers. A sequel, Starring Me, will me available in July 2012. This will feature Kara McKormick, Addy's best friend from The Book of Love.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneezeÃÂ® for providing a free ebook for review.
When picking e-books to review from Booksneeze, sometimes it is a lucky dip unless the author is one you are familiar with or in this case, the cover of this book looked really good, so I thought I would give it a read and OMG it was amazing and I loved it too bits.
If you have ever watched reality TV Shows like Beauty and the Geek or The Bachelor , then it will give you an idea of what First Date is like. Jonathan Jackson, is the son of the President and his father for publicity has chosen 100 girls to compete to win a date with his son to the prom. Each school has sent a representative in and from the small christian school of Tampa, Florida - the principal has chosen Addy. Addy is definitely not the type of girl to go on shows like this and especially to win the attraction of a guy , she hasn't even kissed a guy or talked to a guy properly. When Addy arrives at the Mansion, she is in for the surprise of a lifetime as the other 99 contestants are like beauty paegent queens with talent, looks etc galore and here is just plain Addy. When Addy starts being herself and following her christian values, things start to fall into place and soon the whole of America loves Addy. Though of course behind the scenes the others are jealous , the girls think her "niceness" is just an act and the producer Hank who it seems as the show "fixed" does not want Addy standing in his way. It seems though, that whenever Hank who is like the devil in this case tries to bring Addy down or get her voted off the show , God steps up his game through Addy and she's always the one with the upper hand. As the girls are voted off and the numbers dwindle down , will Addy remain or will she be sent home ? Who will win the date of a lifetime with Jonathon Jackson in the Book of Love ?
This was one of the best romance Christian Teen books I have ever read and I look forward to reading more writings by Krista McGee.
I was looking for something fresh, and I saw the cover on BookSneeze. I knew I had to read this book.
The main lead is Addy. She's just an ordinary girl, trying to blend in. She was chosen to represent her school in a reality show entitled "The Book of Love".
One of the main reason why Abby doesn't want to be on the show, is because she doesn't want to be famous. Her parents were killed when they're trying to stop drug deals in the area. They were missionaries, and Abby was raised by her uncle, Mike.
Abby ended up joining the reality show. The idea of the show is to look for a prom date for the President's son, Jonathon. She entered the show with one focus, to quit as soon as possible. But Jonathon is quite charming, and she soon felt that she has connection with him.
At the first weeks, Abby HATE to be on the show. But days passed, and she felt disappointed at her self, she felt she let her parents, her uncle, her school down, and she felt she let God down. She's too embarrassed to admit that she's a Christian, and she certainly doesn't behave like one.
Until one day her roommate, Kara, asked her whats wrong with her. Abby admitted how she felt being on the show. She even started to be a good friend, and enjoy the luxury given by the show.
There were ups and downs, and lots of lessons that Abby get during the show. But one thing that catch me, was when Abby was sick, and had to be treated in the hospital. She felt disappointed, as when other girls were having fun, she was stuck at the hospital. The day after she was released, she went to a diner with his uncle. They overheard a conversation, a plan to kidnap Jonathon, and subsequently kill the President.
Mike move fast, and let the Secret Service know. They manage to ruin the killing plan.
It was a blessing in disguise! When Hank was planning to kick Mike out of the show, suddenly Jonathon found out that Mike had saved his life, and thanked him on the show, so Hank couldn't kick Mike out.
The story shows how Abby was transformed, she begin to accept God's calling, begin to involve God even in small things like trying to be friendlier to people, even to Hank.
This book is cute, good for teens, young adult, light-reading, and it is totally heart warming! It put a smile on my face when I read the end of the story.
First Date is written by Krista Mc Gee. I got this book for free from BookSneeze.com, under a program with Thomas Nelson Publishing Company.
I am not a reality tv show fan. I hate the fights and fake behavior. So I wasn't sure about the premise of Krista McGee's First Date. I wasn't sure what to think of a Christian fiction book where a Christian teen would go on a reality show for the chance to get a date with the president's son. I was happily surprised. I really liked how Addy had the same concerns about the reality tv show that I had. I thought that the story accurately depicted the reality behind the scenes of reality shows.
Addy came across as a real Christian teen would struggled in her walk. She wasn't a super Christian she was someone who I could relate to. She desired to honor God and share Jesus with others but her sarcasm and frustration would often get the better of her. However Addy was sucessfully able to share her faith with a friend in a loving way even though her friend didn't change her point of view.
I really liked the development of the secondary character Kara. She was a good contrast to Addy. I loved how Addy and Kara developed from roomates to friends through the course of the story. I was excited to learn that the next book by Krista McGee would be about Kara. I am looking forward to reading it when it comes out this summer.
The story was a fast and fun read. I ended up staying up late one Saturday night to finish it. It was wonderful to read a book without heavy physical relationships.
Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.