Sunday, October 6, 2013

First Date by Melody Carlson ~ review

  • Series: The Dating Games (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721312

This book is also available as an e-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 take on this book:
Devon Fremont and Emma Parks became friends when they both attended public school together a few years back, back then Emma's mom pulled her out of public school and enrolled her in Northwood Academy, now after the divorce of her parents Devon's mom decided to do the same thing and Devon finds the school boring and is determined to stir things up. When she realizes that the girls she hangs out with have one thing in common, that they have never had a first date she suggests that they start a secret club with one objective in mind, getting dates for the homecoming dance.  Will each of the girls get the date that they want for the dance?
I usually enjoy Melody Carlson's writing, but this book sort of fell flat for me. The characters went to a christian school but the christian content in this story was slim to none!  The characters seemed very shallow, thinking the only way to "snag" a date was to look a certain way or wear certain clothes. Peer pressure is bad enough without our teens reading these messages within the pages of the stories they read. Overall, if you're looking for a quick teen read, with little spiritual content, and superficial characters this story just might be for you. I will say that Melody Carlson is one of my favorite writers and this is the first time that one of her stories just didn't jive for me. 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
This book will be available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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