Review: DOUBLE DATE (and) PROM DATE / by Melody Carlson

Double Date / by Melody Carlson. (Dating Games, 3)
Revell     ISBN 9780800721299
HS     Grades 8-12     Rating: 3

Prom Date / by Melody Carlson. (Dating Games, 4)
Revell     ISBN 9780800721305
HS     Grades 8-12     Rating: 3

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Teen fiction author Melody Carlson continues her contemporary series featuring five very different girls who form a club to help them get dates for major high school events.

In Double Date, the girls have made it through the first date and the blind date, building friendships along the way. Now the Christmas ball is coming up, an unpopular event that some want to cancel. Can they organize double dates, especially when the possibility of new club members threatens to divide the group? Can they revamp the Christmas ball to make it more appealing and serve a bigger purpose?

In Prom Date, the girls have their sights set now on their biggest date night – the prom. There are lots of expectations and pressure as the girls finish off their school year. When one of them needs their support for a family situation, can they support their friend and make it the prom a night to remember?

In Carlson’s books, not all of the girls are Christian. They all have realistic fears, drama, faith issues, and problems of their own. This helps the teen reader to identify with the girls as they navigate the high school dating scene. While each book could be read as a standalone (there is enough backstory), it flows together nicely as a series, giving the reader a chance to see the characters and friendships develop over the course of the school year.

Melody Carlson is the author of more than two hundred teen books, aimed at teen girls. Double Date and Prom Date are light, entertaining reads, which Carlson fans have come to expect in her recent works.

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher or author in exchange for a honest review.