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Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all ...
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The Dating Games #1: First Date (The Dating Games Book #1)

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Overview

Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a "real" date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all have totally different experiences. Still, the things they learn about boys and dating will stick with them throughout high school.

Bestselling author and teen favorite Melody Carlson starts off her newest series with a good dose of fun, tackling two topics teen girls love to read about--friends and boys.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Valerie Burleigh
First Date, the first in a new series by an established young adult author, introduces us to high school girls in their junior year attending a private high school. While the story is told from multiple viewpoints, it is really Devon and Cassidy's voices that will resonate with readers. Devon has joined the very conservative private school setting after leaving her public high school and is trying to fit in. At times, she seems selfish and difficult to trust. Cassidy is trying to be a good friend while keeping true to her religious beliefs. When Devon suggests starting a dating club, the girls invited to join are not sure what her motivation is, besides getting everyone dates for homecoming. Teens will identify with Cassidy as she grapples with doing what is morally right, while trying to fit in with girls her age. This realistic story will appeal to girls who are trying to use their moral compasses while navigating the high school years. Besides the decisions the girls have to make about the club and their involvement, Carlson has also included character stories to which students can relate, such as broken homes, overprotective parents, and low self-esteem. First Date would be a nice addition to a high school collection that includes books for those looking for inspiration in a realistic setting. The content is appropriate for students in grades nine and higher. Reviewer: Valerie Burleigh
Kirkus Reviews
Five very different high school juniors team up to get a date to the prom in this series opener slanted toward the Christian audience but accessible to all. Devon has just joined longtime best friend Emma at her mostly Christian private high school. The Northwood Academy faculty isn't sure that students should date at all, although the school does not expressly forbid it. Aggressive Devon, used to a far more raucous public school and a bit boy crazy, enlists her new friends in a secret effort they name the Dating Games club. Once it's launched, things begin to percolate. Cassidy follows her Christian faith and tries not to judge Devon, whom she initially dislikes. Meanwhile, Emma gets a makeover, and Abby deals with her too-strict father, while beautiful Bryn uses her charms to shake things up. Several characters wonder whether dating might be dangerous, and in fact, a cautionary plot twist indicates that it can be. The narrative continually refers to Christian ideals, churchgoing, prayer and Christian counseling. Not all characters are religious, but all love and respect their parents and sincerely try to form real friendships even when jealousy strikes. It's all completely innocent and will be a welcome book for those uncomfortable with more frank fiction for teens. Perfect for young Christian readers and fine for others too. (Christian chick lit. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800721312
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 459,113
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She recently received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Entertaining but unrealistic

    As a sophmore at a Christian high school, there was a lot in this book I could relate to. The only thing I didn't like is how mean some of these girls were to each other. I mean, they call each other friends but constantly make really negative remarks about each other's appearences, and the author never really touches on that. I'm just sitting there reading like, I would never say that to my friends. Also pretty unrealisitic- they act like nobody in the world goes to homecomming without a date.. I hate to tell you this, Melody, but so many people do, especially at private school. Anyway, with that in mind I would recommend it because it's entertaining and a good short read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    Melody Carlson in her new book, ¿First Date¿ Book One in The Dat

    Melody Carlson in her new book, “First Date” Book One in The Dating Games series published by Revell introduces us to Devon, Emma, Cassidy, Bryn, and Abby .
    From the back cover:  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?
    “First Date” is written primarily for teenage girls ages 13-18.  Why?  Because this book will get them to start really thinking about dating, what it entails and what it doesn’t and should get them to start asking questions.  The type of questions that they have to go to parents about.  Which is a good thing.  The girls in this book are not deep.  They have their minds on one thing and one thing alone getting dates for the homecoming dance.  And to reach this goal they form a club.  Melody Carlson has written a story that faces all teenagers and I believe that over the course of this series we will see growth in each of these five young ladies.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
    “Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

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    This short book really surprised me. I thought it'd be superfic

    This short book really surprised me. I thought it'd be superficial and a quick boring read designed for teeny-boppers. I was wrong. As the pages kept turning, I found myself engrossed in the story. The plot was detailed while not being too complex; I could put the book down for a couple days and come back without missing a beat. I also liked how this book was culturally relevant and current. References to iPads and Facebook were made, and you could not really tell that this book was not written by a teen. It's not an easy task for a middle aged writer to write a teen story that seems real. Anyway, Carlson accomplished that. I also like how this book is not graphic but does not shy away from serious topics. The issues of date rape, chastity, peer pressure, and more are addressed. There is real life drama as we learn about the characters' families--from divorce to racism to death. I also liked how when discussing makeovers, Carlson weaves into the story how everyone has a different type of beauty. For instance, one character wants to look like another girl with long hair. However, when she goes to a stylist, she is encouraged to get a short haircut because not everyone looks good with long hair. This is just a small thing, but it gets the point across to young readers that they don't have to look like everybody else to be beautiful. I recommend this book to others.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    While I cannot speak for Melody's other books, I am sad to say I

    While I cannot speak for Melody's other books, I am sad to say I was not impressed with First Date.

    Maybe it's because I'm homeschooled (it probably is), but I found most of the book aggravating. Please realize that this is just my experience with the book and truthfully those who go to public school or a Christian school might enjoy this one better than I. There were only two characters I liked, Emma and Cassidy. I saw part of myself in both of them, though I don't really want to go into much detail.

    The problem I have with the girls is simple. The girls were thinking with their hearts instead of thinking with their brains. All, if not most, of the girls were only looking at the present, not to the future. They had this mindset of, "Oh well it's not like we're going to get married someday."<- And that right there is another problem. If you aren't planning on a long, lasting, relationship with a guy, then why mess with dating? Anyway, I don't want to turn this into a long ramble, so I'll move on.

    All things aside, Carlson's writing is great. I just had a problem with her characters and plot. I probably won't be picking up another Carlson YA book anytime soon and I don't recommend this book to other homeschoolers, as it isn't worth it.

    This book will be available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    I truly enjoyed this fun YA novel! It was such an interesting

    I truly enjoyed this fun YA novel! It was such an interesting concept and had was realistic in if a group of girls really started the dating games! There was a good dose of drama that had many surprises, makeovers, and the true bonding of friends!

    Throughout First Date each of the girls give their point-of-views every few chapters with all of them struggling with their self-worth concerning their looks. Only one of them truly knows that their self-worth ultimately comes from a personal relationship with God, but still struggles. However in the end they all learn a valuable lesson that boyfriends don't define who they are and that friends are more important.

    The lesson that Melody delivers concerning dating is great! I love how she encourages girls to pray about who they want to date and if she has peace about it! I thought that was so powerful! Cassidy (the only girl who's really a Christian) might have made mistakes in how she treated the others about her not having a date, but in the end she realized that her relationship with God was more important then scoring a date as well as friendships! She not only asked God as well as prayed regarding who and how she should date, but she also did this for the other girls!

    Overall this was an enjoyable and slightly humorous Pre-Valentine read! It had a very positive message concerning dating and the power of friendship! I'm looking forward to reading more of The Dating Games series!

    I give First Date a 4 out of 5 stars!

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    I really thought I¿d devour this book but it was a hard read for

    I really thought I’d devour this book but it was a hard read for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book, it just wasn’t for me.
    Being a mom of teenage boys it really irked me that these girls set out to corrupt them by trying to capture their attention. However, this is a book I’ll absolutely give my daughter when I believe it’s applicable & it’s a book I’d suggest reading and then sharing with your girls – and boys – there is so much “real life” captured in these pages it’s perfect for all of us!

    More…
    Author: Melody Carlson
    Source: Bring It On Communications
    Grade: B+
    Ages: 14+
    Steam: YA
    Series: The Dating Games #1

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