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  1. First Date
    First Date
    Krista McGee
    Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 28 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Modern story of Esther
    January 10, 2012
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The President's son and a girl from a Christian school in Tampa, Florida, who wouldn't normally be in the same social circles, find themselves on a game in which a prom date is up for the winning.

    Addy doesn't like attention. She has goals in life and none of those goals include going on a reality television show where the President's son gets to choose his prom date. However, her school was chosen to send someone and so Addy was the one appointed to go. She tries to resist, but figures there must have been some reason God wants her there so she goes. None of the girls like her, except for one, Kara. They all think that she is trying to get all of the votes and will do anything to win the attention of Jonathan. She is far from that, though. She really is the opposite of what everyone is making her out to be. She's a girl who is struggling to let Christ shine through her discomfort and has to find a way to stand for Christ in a place where Christ is not popular.

    Jonathan likes Addy from the beginning and would love to go on a date with her but Hank stands in his way. Hank hates Addy and will do anything for Addy to be off the show. How far will Hank go to get rid of Addy? Who will Jonathan choose? Or will his choice even really be his choice? Will Jonathan and Addy be together or will it be Jonathan and someone else? All these questions but one thing is clear: Addy wants to make it known that she will obey Jesus when her heart is scared.

    This is a cute book that I enjoyed reading. I'm not sure what category it would fall under because it was almost a chick lit book but would make a great read for a teen. Some of the ideas were far fetched, but honestly, I never mind that when I'm reading a book. I think that a book is a place for me to escape to anyway, so anything can happen within the pages of a book. Some people don't like that though, so that would be my only caution about the book. Like I said, though, I liked that and it didn't deter me from enjoying this book. If you have a teen daughter who likes to read, this would be a great book for her.

    I should also say that this book is a modern retelling of Esther and Mordecai. That in itself requires some scenes that are hard to believe. So do keep that in mind when you are reading this book. You may even want

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    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. 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 255
  2. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Who will be Addy's First Date?
    January 5, 2012
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    FIRST DATE

    By Krista McGee

    When 17 year old Addy Davidson is picked by her principal to represent her school in the new reality show The Book of Love Addy is anything but thrilled. Addy has avoided the spotlight and has instead focused on her school work and getting into college. But everyone thinks this is a great chance for Addy. Principal Lawrence feels Addy would bring attention to their struggling school. Uncle Mike feels that Addy would be a light for Christ just as her parents were. Addy's BFF Lexi thinks any chance to appear on TV is fantastic and with the chance to possibly date Jonathon Jackson, Addy would be a fool to turn it down.

    But Addy is determined to get off the show as quickly as possible and with 99 other girls trying to stay on it should be no problem. But Addy's attempts to get kicked off back-fire and make her America's Overnight Sweetheart! Unlike the other girls Addy doesn't try to be something she's not.

    As the show progresses Addy becomes friends with Kara McKormick, one of the other contestants; Eric, one of the assistant directors; and even Jonathon Jackson the President's son! But no matter what Addy tries the other girls and the show's host Hank Banner are openly hostile towards Addy when the camera is not rolling.

    Can Addy find the strength to depend on God and share her faith or will The Book of Love becomes Addy's Book of Missed Opportunity?

    First Date is a modern retelling of the book of Esther. When a threat against President Jackson is uncovered a Mordecai / Haman situation arises. First Date is an interesting story that shows God will take us out of our comfort zone so that we may be used by Him for a greater good!

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. 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 255
  3. Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Story for Young Teens
    January 5, 2012
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "First Date" is a sweet story that I would recommend for junior high or early high school age girls. Though you can see elements of the book of Esther with references to Daniel in the Lion's Den, the story is not a retelling of either. It is its own story.

    Addy's private Christian school has been chosen to send a representative to compete on a reality show. To stay open, they need the money and publicity that come with participation. The principal chooses Addy to be the school's representative. Addy is very opposed to this. She longs to live a quiet life, get good grades, and get into an Ivy League school. She doesn't want the attention or distraction that comes with being on a reality show.

    But Addy must go.

    She finds herself competing with 99 other girls for a date with the president's son. Not interested, she tries to get herself eliminated in the first round. Yet everything she does backfires to her and to the show's producer's dismay. The media just loves this reluctant contestant. The president's son is captivated, too.

    Over the course of the story, Addy learns to make peace with her past, to obey God in her present, and to trust Him with her future. She also makes some really good friends who influence her in positive ways as she learns to live in a way that influences them for Christ.

    It took a few chapters to draw me into this story, but as things progressed, I wanted to know what would become of Addy, how her story would end. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
  4. Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    January 3, 2012
    smile smile
    Age: 25-34
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    During the holidays, I wanted a really light book to read every night and this was perfect. It was a simple romantic story about how true love can blossom. It focuses on a girl named Addy who loves her school and highly ambitious to get into a Ivy League college. But it turns out that God wanted to take her through an experience that she has never dreamed of. The story is slightly based or resembles the story of Esther from the Bible. Esther never wanted to be a queen but God gives Esther unmerited favor with the king so that her people would be saved. Addy's character is like Esther and the story goes on to talk about how she yields herself into the experience prayerfully . She is one of the contestants who would win the contest to go to the prom with the President's son. Will she go? Does she win? It is worth the read, so go on and find out!
  5. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet, but a little amateur
    January 3, 2012
    ClassyCassie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The last thing Addy Davidson wants is to be on a reality TV show to win a date with the President's son, even if he is super cute. She wants nothing more than to get into an Ivy League school and go on with her quiet life. But here she is in a whole new world she could never imagine. From the start she realizes several things, the show's producer hates her, pretty much all the other girls hate her, and the President's son seems to really like her despite the 99 other far more gorgeous and glamorous girls. Can she survive in this harsh world or will she cave to the pressure?

    So to start off this book is a modern take on the story of Esther. Esther has always been one of my favorite stories so I really liked the idea of a modern take. However this book seemed almost unprofessional, almost more like something a highschooler would write (a very talented highschooler to be sure but still....). I really liked the characters, although the manager drove me nuts (but hey that was the point of his character so I guess that's a good thing), especially the President's son (he sounded like a guy I would have a crush on in real life). So to end, I would say this is a great take on a great story, if a little unprofessional.

    I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.
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