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The Dating Game (The Dating Game Series #1)
     

The Dating Game (The Dating Game Series #1)

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by Natalie Standiford
 

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When three high school sophomores set up a weblog as a class project to research whether girls or boys are more sex-crazed--and to play matchmaker, their own messy love lives become even more complicated.

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When three high school sophomores set up a weblog as a class project to research whether girls or boys are more sex-crazed--and to play matchmaker, their own messy love lives become even more complicated.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This debut book in the Dating Game series gets its title from an online site that a trio of best friends design for a 10th-grade project, trying to prove that "boys think about sex more than girls." As they prepare quizzes and play matchmaker for themselves and their peers, each of the three struggles with her own romantic dilemma. Madison wants more sexual experience, poetic Lina is in love with her teacher, and curvy Holly has a wild reputation. Even though the girls eventually admit "our scientific technique is not exactly airtight here," it's hard to understand how some of the materials relate to their project. Yet the girls' struggles come across as authentic, and the writing can be both funny and honest (especially Holly's painful experience with "the double standard, how it was good for boys to have a wild rep and bad for girls"). Silly quizzes and online chats pepper the narrative, and each chapter begins with a telling horoscope for one of the protagonists. Readers will not be too surprised by the girls' findings, but they may be disappointed that not all of the plot points resolve (perhaps Breaking Up Is Really, Really Hard to Do, due out in June, will supply the answers); the still-open story line about Lina's growing obsession with her young teacher is especially disturbing. Overall, readers will probably find enough to laugh about and relate to as the trio plans-and plays-The Dating Game. Ages 14-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Holly, Madison, and Lina are best friends, sophomores at a magnet school in a wealthy California town. They all have goals for the semester: Madison wants to go out with hot senior Sean Benedetto; Lina wants her teacher Dan to fall in love with her; and Holly just wants everyone to stop calling her Boobmeister. As a project for Dan's health class, the girls set up a website where their classmates can answer sex quizzes and be matched up on blind dates with each other. None of these dates go as expected, and the girls are forced to admit that girls, after all, think about sex even more than boys. This is the first book in a series, and while it's certainly fluff, it's high-quality fluff—the characters are mostly realistic, the dialog is funny and believable, and nothing gets wrapped up too tidily at the end. This will appeal to high school girls who like "chick lit," and you can feel good recommending it to them. The book does contain a lot of talk about sex, but no actual sex scenes. There is underage drinking and smoking (both cigarettes and marijuana), all of which are treated as ordinary but not particularly pleasant. (Dating Game, #1). KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2004, Little, Brown, 216p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Samantha Musher
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Buddies Madison, Holly, and Lina all become the talk of their high school when they start their own Web site, giving advice and setting up those in need with dates. Holly is dealing with her overdeveloped body and the rumors it has caused while Lina is trying to get her barely-out-of-college teacher to treat her as something more than a student. Madison is trying her hardest to act more grown up and get the cutest boy in school to notice her no matter what it takes. The teens eventually come to the conclusion that the guys they were originally interested in are not necessarily right for them. The story ends with unanswered questions about Holly and her new "gentleman-like" boyfriend and their fate, as well as the other girls and their newfound identities, leaving room for the next volume in the series. This book reads much like the multitude of YA books with female protagonists who are searching for identity, defying authority, and looking for love in sometimes the wrong place or people. Easy reading for fans of Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley High" (Random).-Nicole Marcuccilli Mills, Glenview Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316050036
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Series:
Dating Game Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
840,317
File size:
240 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

A former children's book editor at Random House and Parachute Press, Natalie Standiford is also the author of a number of children's books. She has contributed to R.L. Stine's Fear Street Series, The Blair Witch Files, and Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet Sixteen.

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The Dating Game #1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down! The author has me hooked....AGAIN!!! A must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These girls are on a mission to create an awesome school project! With a little help from their daily horoscope. They create an online blog, and they become match makers. Even though they can barely make a match for themselves. It works out sometimes. Lena, is obsessed with her teacher, and Mads, is in love with Sean, a senior, way out of her reach, and Holly, totally good with the guys! When their blog goes a little bonkers, what will happen to them? This school project becomes crazy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the dating games novels. i hate reading but i can finish these books in a day and i love reading them. i hope the dating games novels never ends =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, my friend and i read it and we can not wait for the second book! Personally i think that anybody who thougth this libre was poor? must despise girly books because it was not 'horrible' or 'a complete waste of time' cause if you said that u need to step out of the girly books and into the boring bios! Chow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book would be another teen book with a cliche plot. i was completely wrong! i loved this book from the moment i started reading this series. they are amazing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a complete waste of time. The characters seem so pathetic, not very realistic. I just didn't enjoy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and gets you hooked and not wanting to stop
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good!!! Normally all I would read was books about horses but this is the best book [ That is not horse related] I love all the characters
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few moths ago. Its about 3friends each with a love agenda. At the start of the book its pretty good. A nice smart plot, but thats about it. It was a good idea this book, but the way it was played out I really didnt like. The girls charactors were dry...and I couldnt relate to any of them. Also I didnt really like the fact the book was saying most 15year olds have had sex...or drank or have tryed drugs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book that WILL leave you craving for more.Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I couldnt put it down! Its a realistic funy book that will keep you reading and craving for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that teens could really relate to this book. It talks about everything that goes on in high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome, i couldn't put it down! but the part with lina being in luv wit her teacher was seriously wrong, and gross! i kinda wish that the book had more 'details' lol. if ur cool, u can im me : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it all in 2 days. I'm more into books about substance abuse and things like that, but this one was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the sort of book you read when ur really bored..kinda like one of those movies u go 2 see with ur friends when u kno none of all really care what its about since no1's going 2 actually b watching the movie. it wasnt a bad book or anything..but its definetly not something i'd recommend, it wasnt memorable either. i recommend this book to 12 yr olds, who want 2 read about girls older then them. anyone reading this whose abouve age 13, should find it poorly written, and somewhat boring
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book 10 minutes ago. It was awesome! I'm so excited to read the new one!!! I can relate so much to Mads in thinking she is the only virgin left on the planet! I can relate so much to Holly by being the butt of the joke! Awesome book! READ IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
i could relate to so much and it made me laugh while i was reading it!! I can't wait to read the next one it's a great series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing!! I wish i could do what they did!! ahh..its so awesome!! I love this book and i HIGHLY recommend it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It really gives you a knew look on life as a teen and boyfriend/girlfriend problems in High School. I wish something like this would go on in my school, cuz my school needs some spicing up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was absolutely awsome. i loved all the details and how they try to fix everyone up. this book is very recommendable. i cant wait for the next book to come out in june.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madison, Holly, and Lina are three interesting charaters with an interesting story. Madison- she likes the hottest boy in school, but she has little boy experience and it's very obvious, so she decides to try to become more experienced. Meanwhile, the only guy the wants her is a 12 year old dweeb Holly- Thought of as a slut because of a quiz forwarded to someone, then posted on a website for everyone to see. So she decides to try to get rid of the rumors of her being the 'boobmeister' Lina- Really smart. Likes her teacher. Has competition with a goth girl. This will be interesting... The three girls have to come up with a project, so they decide to set up an online journal (sorta like a xanga) with quizzes to find out who is more obsessed with sex, boys or girls. Also, to get people to take the quiz, they are going to play match maker and pair people up with people who they think will go good together. This is a very good book, and I read it all in like, 2 hours cause I didn't want to put it down. Trust me, you will love it.