Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Date

First Date
Krista McGee
336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I just have to say this - this book was stinkin' cute.  If it had cheeks, I'd be pinching them.

When Addy Davidson is selected to go on the reality television show, The Book of Love, to get a chance to go to prom with the President's son, she's not thrilled.  Her principal convinces her it's the right thing to do so she goes, albeit begrudgingly.  She wanted to spend her last couple years in high school focusing on studies, not boys!  Once at the competition though, America falls in love with Addy and she finds herself falling in love with the First Son...

Okay, totally cheesy plot summary, right?  But it worked!  It was a great little novel.  I thought Addy was a great lead character with a good head on her shoulders.  She wasn't just some teenage girl who cheerleads and dates the captain of the football team and assumes she can just win a date with the First Son with her charms.  Instead of trying to act like an attractive girl, like the others were doing in the competition, she was just herself - which was perfect.

I really liked how Jonathan's character was portrayed.  He easily could have been self-centered and egotistical, but instead he was sweet and shy.  It was very endearing and his morals were in the right place. While other girls were vying for his attention by crossing their legs and thrusting their chests out, he knew that the girl he wanted was not just pretty, but also smart and had goals for herself.  I kept waiting for Jonathan to just kiss Addy!

Four stars!  Loved the book and the Christian aspect did not get in the way of a great plot.  First Date loses a star, though, because I think the ending with Hank, the host of the TV show, was a little too easy.

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