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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401684882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401684884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of AnomalyFirst Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong. Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYA Facebook: krista.a.mcgee


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I write for teens, teach teens, and more often than not, act like a teen. My family and I have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Our current hometown is Tampa, FL.

Check out my website for FAQ's, info on my books, and my blog. www.kristamcgeebooks.com

Customer Reviews

These characters are very well developed; you think about them after the story has ended.
mustlovetoread
I would definitely recommend this book for school libraries, church libraries, teens, young adults, and my age [(almost 40) for a quick, enjoyable read].
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Can Addy find the strength to depend on God and share her faith or will The Book of Love becomes Addy's Book of Missed Opportunity?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
really loved this book! Being a christian is not easy. I am in no way perfect. In fact, it is daily choice to live right. And any other christian will tell you that there are days when you just want to give up. In this book, the reader meets Addy. A young lady of faith who is struggling with who she is.

One thing I loved about this book is that the author didn't paint to main character Addy to being a "perfect little christian." Addy is messed up. She said things she shouldn't have said. She has attitude and most importantly she fought against God. I can totally relate to that. When my husband got chosen to be the worship leader in the new church, I was immediately was upset. I prayed and said,"God, just what do you think your are doing? I don't want to be a leader. I don't want responsibility. I don't want people looking at my family. I DON'T WANT THIS!" I fought God. I told him, " I didn't ask for it and I don't want it." But God works in mysterious ways and TADA! Were in a new church plant, with me standing by my husband as the new worship leader. I'm scared. YES! Me. Little Savannah scared out of my mind. Why? Because I'm not perfect, I'm broken. Messed up. Then my good friend told me something. She said," Savannah, that is the exact reason why God chose you. People don't want to see perfection. They want to see someone who has been through trouble times and made it out. Just like Moses, who didn't want to lead people out of Egypt, he fought God, like you. Moses was great not because of what he did, but because of who he was in God." And deep breathe...

The book showed Addy's struggle with who she was and her past. I like that she wasn't perfect and carried her past with her. Through Ms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on September 10, 2013
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This was an amazing story! I started it and the spiritual aspect drew me in. I wondered how this was going to play out. I'm not giving any spoilers but as an advanced reader I couldn't put it down. The Biblical correlation tweeked me at the beginning and then I forgot about it until the build up to the climax began and I went AH-HA!!! Well done. I even suggested it to be purchased for our church library!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Vail on March 16, 2012
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Um, hmm ... not sure what to say about this book because I hate to be mean, but it just had nothing great. No deep characters that made me care, no compelling plot, no vibrancy or cool phraseology to tickle my ears, no sensory impressions to ground me in any scene and help me to identify with the MC. All the characters were boring, except Kara, who I wish had been the MC because she had way more personality. I know it wouldn't have worked given the story's context, but I just couldn't get behind Addy, even with her tragic past giving her a good reason for her complaining and curtness. Hank had some humor and bite and could've been given more detail. Jonathan, the love interest, was way underdeveloped and seemed unrealistic.

I thought this was going to be a button-cute, fun and sugary tale like an ABC Family movie with some Christianity thrown in or something, that's what it should have been, but it was painfully boring at times and took forever to get rolling, and it was still snail-slow once it did ... regarding the romantic element. The Reality Show does kick off a few chapters in and had some fun elements.

I did like that Addy, the MC, was able to be a witness in the end and that she stood strong in her convictions in the midst of her involuntary placement in a TV show to date the President's son, but she was so drab and colorless and excruciatingly unhappy for most of it that I was never able to warm up to her. She almost always reacted in the wimpiest, whiniest way, but also the most righteous. Though she did overcome tests, which was good, and she opened up more in the end, it wasn't enough to make her a memorable, well-rounded character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2014
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I recommend this book everyone looking for a fun on the edge of your seat and true faith in God's plan book! This book was so sweet and so heartfelt that I put myself in Addy's shoes and found myself in her. Her challenge with the negative influence of the world and how she chose God above it all. How Addy thanked God and prayed in every dilemma. For once I finally found a book that includes no profanity, hateful words, or sex. This book has a positive influence and message. Thank you Ms. McGee for this adorable,loveable, and absolutely faith filled story. This is the new Romeo and Juilet...in a different sense!:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harun Ahmed on April 26, 2013
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This book is really good. I like it because this wasnt one of those books u could predict wat would happen but it has a new suprise in each chapter. If u like drama romance and a little bit of comedy this boom will be perfect for u.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Issi Marsh on April 9, 2013
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I loved it! As a Christian teenage girl, this all related so much to me! Words can't express how glad I am for having read this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Reeves on October 9, 2012
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"First Date" is a sweet story that I would recommend for junior high or early high school age girls. Though you can see elements of the book of Esther with references to Daniel in the Lion's Den, the story is not a retelling of either. It is its own story.

Addy's private Christian school has been chosen to send a representative to compete on a reality show. To stay open, they need the money and publicity that come with participation. The principal chooses Addy to be the school's representative. Addy is very opposed to this. She longs to live a quiet life, get good grades, and get into an Ivy League school. She doesn't want the attention or distraction that comes with being on a reality show.

But Addy must go.

She finds herself competing with 99 other girls for a date with the president's son. Not interested, she tries to get herself eliminated in the first round. Yet everything she does backfires to her and to the show's producer's dismay. The media just loves this reluctant contestant. The president's son is captivated, too.

Over the course of the story, Addy learns to make peace with her past, to obey God in her present, and to trust Him with her future. She also makes some really good friends who influence her in positive ways as she learns to live in a way that influences them for Christ.

It took a few chapters to draw me into this story, but as things progressed, I wanted to know what would become of Addy, how her story would end. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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