Sunday, October 6, 2013

First Date - The Dating Games 1 - Melody Carlson

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About the book:

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?

My Review:

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.

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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