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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Review: First Date (The Dating Games #1) by Melody Carlson

First Date by Melody Carlson
The Dating Games: #1
Revell / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
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?

My rating:
My thoughts:

When I saw First Date come up for review, I knew I wanted to read it because it sounded like a fun read. And it was fun, but also a little superficial - especially the first half. The last half was better and, I have to say, I really liked "the guys" (except Jason) and how respectful they were to girls.

I didn't particularly care for how much emphasis was put on looks in the story and a couple other things, but First Date was still a quick, fun read.

Overall, I liked First Date and will probably read the next book in the Dating Games series. If you enjoy reading teen novels, or have a teen in your life, this is probably a book you/they will like - just know it isn't a deep read and is, at times, superficial.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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


  1. Great review Melanie! I am looking forward to this one even if at times the novel was slightly superficial! (Thank you for the heads up about that by the way!)

    1. Thanks for commenting, Laura! I hope you enjoy the book. :)


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