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.
First Date has one of those concepts that no matter how many times it’s done, I’m probably going to read it. I’ve never been a reality show fan, well, some reality shows…but typically not “dating” or “marriage” ones.
Schools all across the US have chosen one student to represent them on a reality dating show for a chance at a date with Jonathan Jackson, the President’s son. (Isn’t that one on of those names you can just tell will belong to a hot guy???) Addy gets picked from her school and doesn’t want to do it. She is urged, because it will help bring Christianity into the spotlight and hopefully . When she arrives she is immediately rude to him in hopes of getting kicked off.
In true reality show fashion, you have a group of 100 very different personalities in hopes of creating drama. Addy is instantly disliked by her peers and the host for “acting out”. Enter drama and bullying! Addy’s life is less than perfect, her parents were killed. She’s happy, but is struggling with her faith and where it fits into her life.
Kara, Addy’s roommate, is probably my favorite character in First Date, she’s outspoken and helps Addy fend off the “mean girls”, even at risk of becoming a target herself. (Kara has her own book coming out this summer!)
All in all First Date is one of those predictable feel-good novels. There are definitely some deeper themes, like Addy’s parents and bullying. While First Date is classified as Christian fiction and is a modern day retelling of Esther, but the religious aspect wasn’t too much. Each character is very diverse, so not all are Christian. Although, if you dislike mentions of religion in your books, this one is probably not for you.
I personally am pretty picky about my “Christian fiction” and really enjoyed it, I can’t wait for McGee’s next book, Starring Me.
I received my copy of First Date from the publisher/BookSneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.