I love YA fiction. Always have, always will. Krista McGee’s new novel First Date was hilarious and charming, everything true YA aspires to be. I loved this novel. It felt like a great mix between a Jenny B Jones, Kristin Billerbeck, and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma but with its own new style.
Addy Davidson is stuck in a most unfortunate predicament. She wants nothing of the spotlight yet she has somehow become the it girl on a new reality TV show to win a prom date with the president’s son. And she can’t help but feel something for him as she gets to know him. But there’s trouble in paradise. Because there are other girls there who want to see their competition, Addy, off the show. And there are people who want nothing more than to see Addy crash and burn.
One of my favorite things about First Date (and the reason why I would suggest this novel to most YA readers) was Addy’s growth throughout the novel. She changes as she learns that she can be herself (and her parents’ daughter, and God’s witness) and that her story is in the midst of being written by a God that loves her so. I am thankful for YA fiction that points to God and gives the reader a good idea of truth. I heartily recommend this novel to YA readers of all ages.
Thanks, Krista McGee, for writing a fantastic novel. I look forward to reading about the hilarious Kara in July. Thanks, Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze, for the review copy of First Date in exchange for an honest review.