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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book Review: First Date

First Date
Author: Krista McGee
Publish Date: January 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Addy Davidson discovers God's unexpected plans for her life when a reality TV show turns her quiet existence on its head.

The orphaned daughter of missionaries, Addy is quite content to stay in the shadows and never draw attention to herself. But when she's selected for a reality TV show to try to become the President son's prom date-a show she didn't audition for-she's suddenly in America's spotlight.

The lights, the make-up, the competitions, and the blogs discussing every move she makes all make Addy incredibly uncomfortable. But through her time at The Mansion, Addy comes to realize that first impressions aren't always right, that hiding out may not be what God had planned for her life, and that her faith should affect everything she does. It may just be that her selection wasn't random at all and that she's on this show "for such a time as this."

Personally, I’m not fond of reality TV.  I get enough of life’s drama without watching it on my TV, so I wasn’t entirely taken by the idea of a reality TV type book.  How interesting could it actually be in a book?
Addy is our normal everyday girl.  She has a deep love for her family and an admirable commitment to her friends.  I thought her to be just a little bland.  Yes, she got angry, and yes she cried and all that jazz, but it felt flat.  It didn’t feel genuine.   

Jonathan felt a bit more whole than Addy did.  Though he wasn’t prominent, it was more Addy’s interactions with everyone else, when he did have a role it had more pizzazz in it than some of the encounters with Addy.

The story isn’t a bad one. It’s a bit lack luster but I think the point of it was clear.  I certainly understood the underlying meaning presented.  The story does move from point A to point B without any huge glitches or filler space. It’s not a faced paced read but it is a steady pleasant one. 

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