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First Date by Melody Carlson Book Review

First Date (The Dating Games #1)Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all have totally different experiences. Still, the things they learn about boys and dating will stick with them throughout high school.
Bestselling author and teen favorite Melody Carlson starts off her newest series with a good dose of fun, tackling two topics teen girls love to read about--friends and boys.

If you read Christian YA fiction then you've no doubt heard of Melody Carlson. Her books can tend to go either way for me, I think she's a good writer but probably not one of my favorites. However I'll still pick up one of her new books or series when I get the chance. I think she has done close to twenty series which is pretty impressive.

This book was like a lot of her other books, set in high school where a girl/girls are trying to figure out who they are what choices to make with their life. And boys, of course boys. The rest of it was a bit different though and while the idea of this dating game was really interesting at first I felt like after the first couple of chapters it fell through for me. The girls were interesting enough I guess, a few of them got a bit annoying, and there were four or five of them and each chapter would be a different POV. That got a little confusing to me.

I feel like the book had a pretty good message, there was one scene where one of the girls is talking to her youth leader and I thought it was very uplifting and good wording as sometimes Christian YA can be a bit too legalistic. The ending was a sweet and as was the ending message, which was that friendship is much more important than getting a date to a dance. However there was another part of the ending that I thought was a little off. 

 So while I liked the message and this book was a pretty easy read, I got a bit bored and some areas of the dating game felt weird and a little too forced. I don't know, there were just some parts that didn't make sense, the characters acting out and such. I'll probably try to read the second book, which comes out June 17th, but so far I haven't exactly loved this series. I'd give it 3 out 5 flowers.
 (Sorry this is going up so late and that I'm terrible at remembering to reply to comments, I'm going to try to do better!)
 Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


  1. I never mind this genre unless it gets too preachy and then I steer clear of it. I did read one of her other books (can't remember which now) and I do remember liking it.

    1. It can get annoying when it's too preachy, very true. I'm glad you liked one of her other books :)

  2. I have never heard of this author or her books but they sound really interesting. I like how this book carries a strong message but too bad it was boring at times. Great review :)

  3. I don't read Christian YA books, and I haven't heard of this author, but I do like the sound of the message that it delivers. Sorry that this didn't work out though in a lot of aspects for you. Great, honest review! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 


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