by Krista McGee
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Book received from: Publisher
The President’s son needs a date for prom, and is choosing one via a reality television show. One hundred girls have been chosen from across the country to be contestants- and Addy Davidson is one of the lucky chosen few. Or at least, everyone else thinks she’s lucky. Addy really wants no part of the situation, and no part of the spotlight. She likes her comfortable, quite life and focusing on her schoolwork.
When Addy’s principle tells her she has been chosen to be a contestant, she tries to get out of it- to no avail. She realizes this experience is going to be a test for her. She doesn’t want to be on television, but she doesn’t want to let everyone down, either. Addy feels like being part of a reality TV show is somewhat shallow and not where she wants to focus her energies. However, she soon finds several reasons to stay the course and not take the easy way out.
As Addy is put through many tests and trials, she is forced to learn more about herself, as well as those around her. She begins to learn more about her late parent’s missionary experiences in Columbia, and realizes that nothing worth having ever comes easy. With a supportive uncle, and a new friend (co-contestant Kara), Addy is able to face every obstacle placed in front of her. Additionally, she finds that the President’s son, Jonathon Jackson, is not who she first thought.
It does seem problematic that Addy is not honest about being a Christian, because she feels others will judge her. It seemed a bit unrealistic that she would hide such a thing, and McGee seems to place too much emphasis on the ‘Christian, not Christian’ dichotomy, in that both sides are out to change the other. There was also the underlying assumption that no other character was Christian enough, purely because they didn’t read the Bible every day. Perhaps a bit more acceptance of the variants of what it means to be a Christian to different people may have made the story a bit more relatable.
Regardless, First Date offers a simple and cute story about being honest about who you are, and not judging others along the way. It is an entertaining and easy read for the YA fan who is looking for a bit of chick-lit with a bit of romance. The main characters are all very likeable and will leave the reader wondering what happens next.
For more about Krista McGee, visit her website.
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