First Date by Krista McGee is the first book in a companion novel trilogy of Biblical Allegories. This one is of Esther. The Esther Character is named Addy Davidson, age 17. Instead of being in a competition for marrying the King, she is in one for a prom date with the President's Son. And this contest is on TV (think PG version of The Bachelor).
Instead of living with her Cousin Mordecai (or Uncle Mordecai, the Bible is a little sketchy on this, and people were allowed to marry their family members), she lives with her Uncle Mike. Addy's parents died doing missionary work in Colombia, South America. We get a glimpse at her parents' missionary life through diary entries from Addy's Mom. Some of the book is told through script form and interviews for the TV show contest. This book is not just boring, boring, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 7, and so on and so forth.
Addy does not want to be in this TV show, and she makes that very clear. Addy goes to a small, private, Christian school. She is very, very focused on her studies, hoping to get a scholarship to an Ivy League College. She is uncomfortable in the spot light. And she has no experience in the dating department. Even though she did not audition for the show, she is selected by her Principal to be the representative for their school. Her Principal is hoping the show will bring them publicity, new students, and more donations.
It was really interesting looking at a reality TV show from a insider's perspective and seeing all the crazy and catty things that go on, like seeing a review of the show and how they were "live". The romance is very clean and sweet without feeling young. The King Xerxes character is named Jonathon. I think I like him a lot more then Xerxes. I have to say something about her friend Kara, one of the other contestants, who is one of the very main characters in the next book Starring Me. I really like Kara, she is a lot more crazy than Addy. I enjoyed getting to know her in all three books.
The books in this Trilogy are:
First Date (Esther)
Starring Me (Issac and Rebekah)
Right Where I Belong (Ruth)
And, yes, they need to be read in that order.