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10.05.2013

First Date ~ Review

First Date 
The Dating Games #1
By Melody Carlson

I have to admit I was intrigued about the premise behind the Dating Games (DG).  Having gone to a High School where dating wasn't allowed, dancing was a 4 letter word, uniforms were uniform, and six inches between students was enforced with ruler wielding teachers I was looking forward to experiencing the trials and troubles of a group of high school girls trying to get their first date.

Though the goal of these girls was to get a date in time for the dance it quickly became something more as they developed deep friendships with one another.  They got to know one another as people on a personal level, not based on their preconceived ideas from before starting up their group/club/friendship.

I guess that was what I liked best about First Date was the friendship that the girls formed.  I also liked that they valued that above the dating aspect of their club.  It took them awhile to see that the friendship was what they really got out of the DG and that dating isn't as great as they had originally thought.

When 5 girls with different opinions about boys and dating decide to form a club and get their first "real" dates you know trouble is just waiting to make an appearance.  But that's where friends come in!

I was provided a copy of this title by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

When it comes to catching the eye of that cute boy at school, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends.
Devon, Emma, Cassidy, Bryn, and Abby have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, the girls make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Games) that has just one objective--dates for the dance. 

They're sworn to secrecy, but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. They'll have to navigate expectations and rules from their parents, figure out how to act on a date, and endear themselves to the guys they like.

What could possibly go wrong?