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Posted June 9, 2012
This novel is a modern retelling of the story of Esther, from th
This novel is a modern retelling of the story of Esther, from the Bible, and I think the story would have been better if it wasn’t.
If this had just been a cute, cheesy, Christian, realty show story, it would have been way better. But with needing to keep to the story of Esther, the plot became terrible. In the real tale of Esther, death is present. But in this fuzzy-feelings retelling, there is no scary almosts, no threat of death, and so the entire plot seems kind of foolish and silly. Also, in real life, King Xerxes was a bit of a creep, so it’s weird having him translated into a cute President’s son.
All the characters were a fraction of who they could have been, the plot was predictable, the resolution was way too simple, and the “deep” moments just weren’t deep. I think it comes down to the writing. Krista McGee is not a good writer. Maybe with time she could get better, but as it is, her dialogue is unrealistic and her plotlines are terrible.
I did enjoy some of the dramatic personalities of the girls on the show. I loved Kara, Addy’s best friend on the show, a very dramatic actress-type. I also enjoyed seeing the “behind-the-scenes” of the realty show.
If you’re looking for a quick, cheesy read with Christian messages, than this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a great retelling of Esther or a great contemporary romance, this is totally not it.
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Posted December 27, 2011
Queen Esther and Reality TV
There is something so enthralling about the story of Queen Esther. The frightened orphan girl turned gorgeous woman¿ the desperately lonely king¿ the scores of women fighting for his attention ¿ the impending genocide¿ the moment where the orphan turned queen can save a nation - that is if she can save herself from her own fears.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But unlike other Bible stories that writers have been able to so aptly transfer to more contemporary settings, Esther seems to defy modernity. I mean, how do you get the harem thing going in a story set in America today? Or a wife deserving death because she went to talk to her husband without him calling for her? So Queen Esther¿s tale of romance has languished in an inescapable antiquity¿ until now that is.
Krista McGee has tackled the timeless love story and turned it into something very here and now. Same story¿ oh ya, expect that the king is replaced with the president¿s son¿ the queen contest is replaced with a reality TV show¿ a harem is replaced with the dozens of teen girls claiming dibs on the poor boy for prom¿ and Esther is replaced with Addy Davidson, an ordinary girl who just wants to stay home and wants nothing to do with this whole thing.
First Date is an undeniable charming read that brought me back to my early teen days in its clean romantic plot and young characters. But this book unlike the mounds of fluff that teens gobble up off the YA shelves on a daily basis has some substance as well. Learning how to shine God¿s light in a dark place, overcoming fear of speaking truth, and realizing that God really HAS called you to this place for such a time as this were woven with the romance and comedy of the book. Making it even more adorable and inspiring for any young girl looking for a sweet read, seeing the story of Esther like never before.
First Date by Krista McGee is a complementary book I received via BookSneeze. For links, cover images, and more, check out booksneeze dot com.
Posted November 1, 2012
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