For my third book, I decided to go with something a little more light and geared towards FirstDatemy generation. Since I ordered during Christmas, I had given up on this book EVER showing up, so it was a pleasant surprise when it did!

Here’s the premise of the story, from the back of the book:

The last thing Addy Davidson wants is to be on a reality TV show where the prize is a prom date with the President’s son.

She’s focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on a date, and didn’t even audition for it.

But she got selected anyway.

So she does her best to get eliminated on the very first show. Right before she realizes that the President’s son is possibly the most attractive guy she has ever seen in person, surprisingly nice, and seemingly unimpressed by the 99 other girls who are throwing themselves at him.

Addy’s totally out of her comfort zone but that may be right where God can show her all that she was meant to be.

In Krista McGee’s debut book, she sets the story of Esther in modern day times – substituting a good-looking president’s son for King Xerxes, and using a reality TV show as the setting. The main character, Addy, is a real-life, natural person – especially juxtaposed against the other girls – and as each competition on the show arises, you wonder, “what will she do now?”. This book is lighthearted but not cliché and predictable, which I appreciated.

This book also helps you to look at the story of Esther with new eyes, and to appreciate how (pardon the language of my generation) “epic” it really is! Sometimes I look at Bible stories, such as Jonah and the whale, or Noah, only seeing the coloring book images from Sunday School, and missing that the stories are true and those were real people, and the same God we worship today. This book reminded me to look at the familiar story again, and to appreciate Esther’s bravery and faith.

In short. If you’re the kind of person who will enjoy this book, or the kind of person who won’t, you will be able to tell by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis. If you enjoy the writings of Melody Carlson and Robin Jones Gunn, you will most likely enjoy this book. If you are a young woman looking for a quick and lighthearted read, you will enjoy this book. I felt that the author did a good job with a good idea, and personally recommend this book. Allow it to help you see the story of Esther with new eyes.


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I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson, through the program BookSneeze, with the criteria that I review it. I was not encouraged in any way to post positively: all views are my own.