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First Date

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The last thing Addy Davidson wants is to be on a reality TV show where the prize is a prom date with the President's son. She's focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on a date, and didn't even audition for it. But she got selected anyway. So she does her best to get eliminated on the very first show. Right before she realizes that the President's son is possibly the most attractive guy she has ever seen in person, surprisingly nice, and seemingly unimpressed by the 99 other girls who are throwing themselves at him. Addy's totally out of her comfort zone but that may be right where God can show her all that she was meant to be.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Rutledge Hill Press,U.S.
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • 1401684882
  • 9781401684884
  • 705,767

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'...with sparks of wit, the story offers a positive message about being true to oneself...' * Publishers Weekly * This light teenage romance with a reality-show twist is entertaining and forgivably predictable. Getting good grades and into an Ivy League college are 17-year-old Addy's two goals in life. So when her principal taps her to represent her school on the new reality TV show The Book of Love, Addy isn't thrilled, despite the show's prize of a date to the prom with Jonathon Jackson, the son of the president of the United States. Looking to be sent home quickly, unlike the other 99 girls, Addy doesn't fawn over the First Son and instead chooses to just be herself, which, to her dismay, endears her to viewers and prolongs her stay. Addy's positive attention attracts some serious nastiness from her competitors and the show's director, Hank, which convinces Addy that her purpose on the show is to really share her faith. Relying on Christianity, Addy musters the courage to persevere, just like her deceased missionary parents, who are referenced throughout. Short transcripts of interviews with the show's participants are sprinkled between chapters, underscoring the vapid nature of the other girls. Although reality shows and religion don't usually mix, this text blends both well and serves up Addy as a believable and endearing heroine. * Kirkus Reviews * 'McGee's debut novel is an absolute gem.' 'Anyone who enjoys reality television and a well-told story shouldn't hesitate to read this great book...' * Romantic Times TOP PICK! * '...a touching, fun, edifying, campy, quick and downright delicious teen read.' * USAToday.com *show more

About Krista Mcgee

When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of Anomaly , First Date , Starring Me , and Right Where I Belong . Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYAFacebook: krista.a.mcgeeshow more

Rating details

2,563 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 32% (810)
4 30% (779)
3 25% (629)
2 9% (234)
1 4% (111)

Our customer reviews

First Date, at first, is a book that sounds like any other teen novel. The pitch reminded me of a Meg Cabot book I once picked up and put back on the shelf, and I can remember thinking to myself that it would be a great book to read one day. Needless when I was given the opportunity by Thomas Nelson Publishers to read First Date before it was released, I was very excited. It seemed just the sort of book that I needed at the time, and First Date did not disappoint. Based on the timeless Bible story of Queen Esther, First Date goes through the motions of our MC, Addy, unwillingly taking part in a contest where the President's son is in need of a Prom date. Needless to say, we can all see what is going to happen right from the start, but McGee has written an extremely witty and enjoyable book, which makes it even more fun to read. It reminds me almost of a Greek tragedy, where back in Ancient Greece the audience used to know what the outcome of the play was going to be, despite the characters not (or, we could relate it more to the modern day panto - "Oh no he's not!" "Oh yes he is!"), only this is no tragedy! My only issue with this book was its two main characters. Whilst everyone else shone, from Addy's best friend in the competition to the horrible producer Hank, Addy just didn't cut it for me. She was whiny and annoying most of the time, which was completely out of character for someone who was Christian. Sure, I understood that Addy needed to go through a development period to understand that sometimes God places people in certain situations for a reason, but I couldn't help but feel that, as a Christian myself, though Addy did not want to be a part of the TV show, she should have automatically gone into it with an open Christian heart, knowing and asking God to be with her from day one. Then there was Jonathon. Jonathon was a character that grew on me only by the very end, as there really wasn't much of Jonathon to go on. Sure, he was there, but he was mainly a character in writing, not in personality. When Addy first meets Jonathon, it's only for a few minutes, but it was such a blink and you miss it thing that I didn't realise she had met Jonathon until a page later. What I really loved, however, was Addy's mother's diary, and her recounting life as a missionary in Columbia. The diary, in a way, gave Addy the hope and courage that she needed to progress throughout the show, as well as helping her to turn to God in her hour of need. Another thing that I really loved is it had, as almost a theme throughout the book, my one of my favourite passages from the Bible - Esther 4:14 - "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Overall, this was a great quick read, something I would love to read on a lazy date - definitely a feel good book! The Christian aspect of the novel was done in quite a subtle way, meaning that readers were able to enjoy the book without having the Christian message shoved down your throat - something many Christian novels have a tendency to do.show more
by Hannah
I wasn't expecting this book to be as sweet and cute as it did. There was barely a kiss, or any intimate physical contact that will make butterflies fly inside my tummy but all the same, this book is romantic. I don't know how Krista did it. For a YA Christian fiction book, this book is not preachy. The part that touched me the most was Addy's connection to her parents through her faith. Religion is a big factor in this book, but it's not something forced to the readers. You will love the vibrant characters in the book. It did felt like I was watching a reality dating show for teens!show more
by Kai Agito
FYI: This is a Christian contemporary fiction. I know some people like to know that upfront. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and light. I liked the characters and wanted to see how it would all turn out. Addy wasn't exactly happy to be on a reality tv show to win a date with the President's son. This wasn't just any date though; it was a date to Jonathan's senior prom! The story line was so fun. The realty show started off with 100 girls from all over the nation, and basically Addy was the only one not excited and falling all over the first son. The villain in the story was great. He was annoying, mean, bitter, and laughable all at the same time. This story is about friendship and overcoming your fears, and I enjoyed taking the journey with Addy.show more
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