The First Date

series: Dating Games, The

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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?

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She recently received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at

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  1. Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 250 books with sales of more than 7.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement...

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"Questions about friendship and Christian values are presented realistically but not overwhelmingly, and teen readers will be entertained by the drama and excitement. . . . a fast read and amusing story that ends with more adventures to come."

RT Book Reviews

"Forget about The Hunger Games! The Dating Games # 1: First Date, by Melody Carlson, is the new series to which you should be drawn."

The Celebrity Cafe

"I always say it but Melody's grip on teens and the way they think astounds me every time."

Christian Manifesto

"Not all characters are religious, but all love and respect their parents and sincerely try to form real friendships even when jealousy strikes. It's all completely innocent and will be a welcome book for those uncomfortable with more frank fiction for teens. Perfect for young Christian readers and fine for others too."

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