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'...a touching, fun, edifying, campy, quick and downright delicious teen read.' (USAToday.com)

'McGee’s debut novel is an absolute gem.' 'Anyone who enjoys reality television and a well-told story shouldn’t hesitate to read this great book...' (Romantic Times TOP PICK!)

This light teenage romance with a reality-show twist is entertaining and forgivably predictable. Getting good grades and into an Ivy League college are 17-year-old Addy’s two goals in life. So when her principal taps her to represent her school on the new reality TV show The Book of Love, Addy isn’t thrilled, despite the show’s prize of a date to the prom with Jonathon Jackson, the son of the president of the United States. Looking to be sent home quickly, unlike the other 99 girls, Addy doesn’t fawn over the First Son and instead chooses to just be herself, which, to her dismay, endears her to viewers and prolongs her stay. Addy’s positive attention attracts some serious nastiness from her competitors and the show’s director, Hank, which convinces Addy that her purpose on the show is to really share her faith. Relying on Christianity, Addy musters the courage to persevere, just like her deceased missionary parents, who are referenced throughout. Short transcripts of interviews with the show's participants are sprinkled between chapters, underscoring the vapid nature of the other girls. Although reality shows and religion don’t usually mix, this text blends both well and serves up Addy as a believable and endearing heroine. (Kirkus Reviews)

'...with sparks of wit, the story offers a positive message about being true to oneself...' (Publishers Weekly)

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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 Anomaly , First Date , Starring Me , and Right Where I Belong . Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYAFacebook: krista.a.mcgee

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401684882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401684884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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When I read the back cover for this book I thought it would be similar to the I'm dating the president's daughters movies which I thought were fun and cute . I and Christian however I do not need to be preached too every other paragraph. This could've been a fun with a Christian bend to it and gone over much better .
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This is well written book that had me smiling throughout the whole story. The cute witty banter back and forth of the main character and her roommate was entertaining. The whole point of the book, sticking to your gut, really is something to be embraced. Definitely a quick easy read for someone who like smart girls witty dialogue and a little romance.
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