Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Review: First Date

The latest BookSneeze book I read is "First Date" by Krista McGee. This YA novel combines pop culture, romance, typical teen issues and matters of faith all in one story.

17-year-old Addy Davidson is chosen to appear in a “Bachelor” type reality TV show called “The Book of Love,”, where she and 99 other girls from around the country will compete to be the prom date of the President’s son. But the last thing poor Addy wants is to be thrust into the limelight – she’d much rather stay home in Florida, where everything is familiar and predictable. But what Addy doesn’t realize – at least not right away – is that God has a plan for her life that is much different from her own.

I found it hard to get into the story at first; the beginning progressed a bit too slowly to hold my interest. But I stuck with it, and was happy to find that the story does pick up the pace about a quarter of the way in. I was pleased to see how, as Addy came to accept her newfound role as a TV celebrity, she opened up – and began to mature both as a Christian and as a young woman. I enjoyed watching Addy’s friendship with fellow contestant Kara grow, and felt Addy’s heartache when she began reading her late mother’s journals from her parents’ missionary days. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to any woman looking for an intriguing yet wholesome read.

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