The dating game by natalie
The story focuses on the search for the right person to date, the urge to be popular, the feeling of being alone and isolated, and the potential hurt caused by nasty rumors.
The situations presented here are ones faced by most high school students, and the girls' reactions to them are quite realistic.
The story ends with unanswered questions about Holly and her new gentleman-like boyfriend and their fate, as well as the other girls and their newfound identities, leaving room for the next volume in the series. Sophomores Mads, Holly, and Lina are famous at their alternative high school for the Dating Game Web site, which they created for their Interpersonal Human Dynamics class.
This book reads much like the multitude of YA books with female protagonists who are searching for identity, defying authority, and looking for love in sometimes the wrong place or people. Students are flocking to the site to take the sex quiz and find the perfect date, and, of course, the site also helps the girls with their own love problems.
Readers will not be too surprised by the girls' findings, but they may be disappointed that not all of the plot points resolve (perhaps Breaking Up Is Really, Really Hard to Do, due out in June, will supply the answers); the still-open story line about Lina's growing obsession with her young teacher is especially disturbing. Holly, Madison, and Lina are best friends, sophomores at a magnet school in a wealthy California town.
I found myself cringing and hoping that it would all STOP. She seemed somewhat normal, if a bit jaded (at such a young age!
Title: The Dating Game #1 (Dating Game (Paperback)) (No.
When three high school sophomores set up a weblog as a class project to research whether girls or boys are more sex-crazed–and to play matchmaker, their own messy love lives become even more complicated. Here’s a sample excerpt: After Book 1: This book was terrifying. She was absolutely desperate for attention and validation, which was pretty sad. Her whole situation was a bit too stalker-y for me to handle. After Book 3: This series is childish and immature. After Book 5: Oh no, I’ve started to lose so many brain cells that this installment was actually halfway decent.
This wasn’t even a guilty-pleasure, it was more like guilty-torture. One quote had me laughing: “Madison was thirsty.” Considering the colloquial meaning of , I’d agree 100%. After Book 2: I’m losing brain cells as I read this. After Book 6: Well, that was a lame and unremarkable ending.