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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

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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Kenna I think this book is good for ages 13 and up . That's the audience that will probably be the most interested in it. However it is clean and could be h…moreI think this book is good for ages 13 and up . That's the audience that will probably be the most interested in it. However it is clean and could be handed to younger kids.(less)
Kylie Sort of, the next book (Starring Me) focuses on a different character, though.

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Eunice
4 of 5 stars

First Date was a fun, refreshing and delightful read. I'm a sucker for a celebrity-guy-ordinary-girl pairing so when I saw the synopsis it instantly caught my interest. I enjoyed it thoroughly especially the concept of reality TV show. This is also a Christian book so there were parts that discusses about it but it wasn't really overly done so it's okay for you to read it even if you're not a Christian. The writing was also good and fast paced so it was really an easy read.

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Sophie
Quite enjoyable, but far too religious for my liking. It felt forced at times 🙄
Hannah Rodes
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
First Date by Krista Mcgee.
I admit I went into First Date kind of reluctant and not sure if I would even like it. Why? Because me and contemporary novels never got along. Okay, I guess I can’t really say that seeing as I haven’t read a contemporary in three years and have only read five books in the contemporary category in my life. :P

So, this book was super awesome. The characters were fun and super lovable. I loved Kara. She was my favorite …. Well, besides Addy and Johnathon of course. ;)
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Libby May
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It was good to have Addy and Kara back, and I really enjoyed getting the background for Starring Me. But I didn't love it as much as I loved Starring Me, so not 5 stars, but still, a pretty great book. :D ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{{This is an updated review. Originally posted July 3rd, 2013, it was updated on July 17th, 2015 to the Official Rating System.}}

About this book:

“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
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Rissa
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its the bachelor but with high school students and it was wonderful! This is the book i didnt know i needed in my life. It was funny and dramatic and adorable.
Addy doesnt want to go on tv and compete to be the presidents sons prom date she just wants to go home but she cant so she’s attempted to be eliminated but that doesnt work. She tell Jonathon (the bachelor) that she doesnt want to be here and has all the sass and attitude in the world but he kept her. As the competition goes on she makes
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Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"4.5 out of 5 stars! It is a fun, smart, entertaining, and humbling novel about a teenage girl learning about whom she wants to be and how she can stay true to herself and God. This has to be the best..."

Read more of this review and TWO TEASERS here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2011/12/feasted-on-first-date-by-krista-mcgee.html
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Jessica
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! This book has made it to my top 5 favorite books. Jesus was poured out in this book so strongly! The fear of sharing the Gospel was on point and the burst of faith that God gives was explained perfectly. I loved this book so much. Addy was growing by the chapter. It was awesome to watch. Jonathan was just the cherry on top.
Emilia
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, love
Not as good as The Selection

I really wanted to like this book. And I did for most of it. Till the character started getting self righteous and acting superior than everyone else. Ugh. I just couldn't stand her after awhile. Her dialogue and attitude towards the end ruined the entire story for me. Just no!!!!

I'm gonna make this short so that I can get to the real issues of the story. The writing was fine nothing to rave about, but nothing terrible either. It was mediocre, something unmemorabl
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Booknut
Swap The Selection's Prince Maxon for the President's son, & a chance to marry a prince for a date to prom, & you get First Date.

A cute coming-of-age novel, First Date ticks all the boxes. It's not too complex, doesn't delve too deeply past its YA borders, and manages to bring about characters who don't stick to your typical 'reality TV' cliches.

I think I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if:
i.) It didn't remind me so much of The Selection.
ii.) The other contestants didn't fully embody ev
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Agnes Sy
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I think I expected too much out of this book. The summary sounded really interesting, and I was hoping I could relive how I felt when I was reading Meg Cabot's All-American Girl. I know the main storyline is different, but you know the thing with the President's son and all. Made me hope for a bit more romance and chemistry.

This book felt very amateur. It was event after event and the author took no time to really develop the relationships gradually. Characters were all very bland, even the Pre
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Amy
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*snickers*
Ooh, I knew this one was going to be corny but even for Christian romance it outdoes itself. Clever? Certainly. Believable? Not at all.
Chelsey Connor
Another one for my favourites shelf!! Absolutely loved this book. It like a modern version of the selection but more Christian and all in one book. Loved the friendship between Addy and Kara and of course Addy and Jonathan were so cute together! I also loved seeing the struggle and how she turned to God and trusted him. She always turned back to him. It was beautiful. Sharing our faith is a struggle so it was nice to see her overcome that.
Fred
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fred by: Netgalley
First Date is a fun, engaging and sweet read with some thoughtful moments focusing on MC Addy's strongly held Christian faith. 17 yo Addy, a junior at her Christian high school, has her plate pretty full with her studies, golf, and hanging with her characterific bff Lexi. Addy doesn't focus on, or have much respect for, teen idols, reality tv, power shopping or other trendy stuff that would distract her from her goals - getting good grades and getting into an Ivy League college. So she is mystif ...more
Brandi
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Date - Krista McGee
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*)
So I was walking through the library one day, looking for more books to read, even though my library bag was already filled with novels of choice. As I was scanning the spines, this book caught my eye. Actually, it was the title, First Date, that grabbed my attention. It sounded romantic and sweet. So I of course had to look at it. I read the summary on the back covered and it piqued my curiosity. So I requested it. I read all my other books first 'cu
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Ally Martin
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give a negative review because I really wanted to like this one. It started off pretty well, but then it got way too hokey, and the little things I suspended disbelief about in the beginning turned too large to overlook (view spoiler). The book wasn't very well written, and the Christian element seemed forced. I was embarrassed for the author during some parts of the book, and that is just not a good feeling when reading. Overall ...more
Leah
I really liked this book, but not as much as I thought I would. I really, really loved the Anomaly trilogy, I thought since this book was by the same author, I would love it the same way. I didn't, but it's still one of the better books I've read. :) I think the reasons I didn't like it as much, are mianly because it's kind of predictable, and some of the characters are really annoying. (Anna Grace, Lila, Hank - until kinda towards the end, but I'm not gonna give any spoilers - etc.)

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Rachel :)
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book was so cute!
Joy (joyous reads)
I sometimes buy books without knowing what it's about just to put some variety on my bookshelves - and yes, I'm quite aware that this book hardly represent a rebellious change from my usual reads. This is really not a far cry from say, an errant Stephen King novel in my shelf. Nevertheless, Christian fiction have never been something that I go out of my way to buy. I just haven't really had any mind-blowingly good reads in this genre as of late.

I initially liked the premise of this book. Basical
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Anna
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
One guy, a hundred girls, and one prom night.
Jonathan Jackson must choose between girls from across the country, to attend his senior prom, on a reality T.V. show.
Oh, did I mention that the guy is the President's son?
And the whole thing is derived from the story of Esther.
Yes, please.

Before getting a copy of this book I actually found Addy's friend Kara's first. Which I'm relieved I waited out for this book first. I wouldn't have known the beginning of their friendship!

I loved the idea of this.
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Melissa
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
This is an awesome read!! It's loosely based on Esther from the Bible, but set it today's world, with reality tv, paparazzi, the internet and more. Addy is such a relatable character. You can't help but root for her. Fellow reality show contestant Kara is a great source of comedy and strength for Addy during their time on the show and the other characters add so much to the story. I loved the comedic elements to the story as well. Simply put this book made me smile, which as stressed as I am at ...more
Alyssa
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any girl!!!
Recommended to Alyssa by: Shannon
I had an opportunity to read this book before it came out thanks to an author friend of mine. This is such an adorable book! I enjoyed it from beginning to end! I even read it in one sitting! This book made my heart pound out of my chest!! It is released on January 10, 2012 and I recommend every woman go out and get herself a copy of this book when it's released! :) ...more
Shannon
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had the opportunity to read an arc of this delightful book. It's a fun, modern twist on the story of Esther with characters that are easy to fall in love with. A perfect choice for teen girls who enjoy contemporary fiction and a little Cinderella in their story. ...more
Jerry
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

A fun story featuring a likable heroine and plenty of teen drama. Fans of Christian "young adult" fiction will definitely like this.

Score: 4/5
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Mehsi
A reality show, a cute romance starts blooming, friendship, and God.

Warning, due to things, this review may get a bit long. I just need to express some close to me feelings.

I was again in the reality show mood, and I came across this one, I was all curious about it and immediately went to read it. Meet Addy, a Christian girl who would rather study and read than go and vie for a cute guy who is also the son of the president. I just adored how Addy stayed close to who she was, though I think it w
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Salma
Another book by the author of Anomaly!

So first of all, loved it this book. I mean it seemed kind of clichéd and I couldn't help casting my mind back to America and The Selection, but it was lovely.

Plot;
The plot was amazing and I couldn't put the book down but I wanted something else. I wanted a book that wasn't always centered on the main character's "good side". I wanted to see Addy's flaws, something that would make me think twice before liking her. But no. All I got was, Addy was the "perfe
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Elizabeth
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It definitely was a good book! I'm only giving it 4 stars because I felt like one of the scenes in the book had no build-up. While to avoid spoilers, I won't go into depth, it was a super exciting life and death moment and it had no build-up so it felt unrealistic and it was immediately dropped after it happened. Obviously, it's an awesome girly idea to end up falling in love with the president's son on a reality TV show, but I just felt like the author could've shifted the plot a bit. It was a ...more
Elise
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! What made me love it the most though was how Addy relied on God to help her when she was in a situation she really didn’t want to be in. Addy and Kara’s friendship throughout the book was cute and funny. Overall, the story was well-rounded with lovable characters.
Rmsooon
Ive read " first date " it was okay but i wanted more interaction between the main charecters ,, i gave it 3 out of 5 stars ...more
Lillian Slater
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A modern retelling of the Biblical story of Esther.
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“I’m not throwing away my first date, Kara.” Addy leaned forward, thinking. “I’m giving it to God.” “I don’t even know what to say to that.” Kara pulled Addy’s ponytail. “I don’t get it. But I admire you. Your faith is real, Addy, no doubt about that. If more Christians were like you, there might be a lot more Christians in the world.” 4 likes
“She asked God to help her remember that she was happiest when she was obeying God,” 1 likes
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