First Date by Krista McGee
First Date by Krista McGee is a young adult read that is a loose modern take on the story of the biblical Esther.
When Addy's Christian school chooses her to be a contestant on a t.v. reality show vying for a date with the President's son, Addy doesn't want to be there. She faces opposition from the show's producer, mean girls, and fear of being a Christian witness. At the same time, she learns more about her parents killed as missionaries to South America. Addy has to accept the fact that God has put her where she is for a purpose, and she has to face her fears so that she can be a witness to those around her.
This read was a little corny but a lot cute. Addy made a great Esther-type heroine, and the story was an interesting modern take on one of my favorite Bible stories. While the book was slightly juvenile and simple for me, it would make a great read for a teen/preteen. It's not too deep, but it addresses the issue of being a light in a darkened world - something teens face regularly- well. I'd easily pass this one along to my almost teen daughter, and I would look forward to reading the next novel by McGee starring one of Addy's new friends from First Date.
I'd rate this one a strong four stars for the intended audience and with an easy G rating, I'd feel good passing it on to anyone.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.