by Melody Carlson
Series: The Dating Games #2
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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The girls of the Dating Games club are at it again, setting each other up on five blind dates for the upcoming masquerade ball. Trouble is, some of the girls are wondering if the others can be trusted to deliver on their promises. In fact, there's a very real danger that this dating treat could turn out to be nothing but a nasty trick.
Teens will be delighted to spend more time with Cassidy, Devon, Abby, Brynn, and Emma as they navigate the thrilling and awkward world of dating. As always, Melody Carlson subtly delivers great advice wrapped up tight in a package of fun and friendship.
Maybe this could be my way of being a light in a dark place…being an influence. She could only hope.”
The Dating Games series is an absolutely adorable series. I am definitely going to suggest them to my 17 year old stepdaughter because they are a sweet and innocent look into the lives of teenagers… or at least I hope there are still teens out there like this 🙂 The characters are Brynn the beauty queen, Devon the rebel, Emma the quiet, creative one, Cassidy the goody two shoes and Abby the athletic one. Each girl in this group of friends is so unique and they makeup an awesome dynamic. Each book in this series revolves around the girls going on dates together and helping each other to find dates. In this book they set each other up on blind dates for a Halloween dance. This turns out both funny and at times a little sad.
One thing that jumps out at you while reading these books is the Christian background that the girls come from. They go to a Christian school and most of them are church going girls that openly discuss their religion and love of God. To me this part comes off a little unrealistic and cheesy. I do respect it and appreciate the innocence though.
One thing that I love about this series is the relationships between this group of friends. Melody Carlson builds lessons into each of the adventures of the DG (Dating Games Club). This book deals with issues such as teen drinking, partying, peer pressure and bullying. The girls learn about forgiveness, acceptance, kindness and sticking up for what you believe in. That is one reason I think that teens could relate to these stories. Although I think most of them couldn’t get past the cheesiness to find it.
I think that I will definitely read the next book in the series Double Date, not only for the premise of double dates but also because the DG will be getting a new member and that is so exciting to me!
I like the change of pace in these books, there is no steaminess or bad language in them at all. I like that they are different and almost naive. I like downshifting and taking it slow for for a change 🙂