Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of Starring Me to review. Kara has been chosen to audition for a teen version of Saturday Night Live in Florida. Chad has already been picked as the co-host, but his parents want his castmate to share his faith. Through the housemother and Kara's best friend, Kara learns about Christianity while at the audition, even though there are such obstacles such as family problems at home and hypocritical girls. Kara must decide what is truly important in her life and how a true believer in God would act. I REALLY liked the book; I couldn't put it down! This would be a perfect book for a teenage girl, even one that isn't a Christian. There are many Scripture passages throughout the book to guide one to a better knowledge of Christ. I would definitely recommend this book. This was the first one I have read by Krista McGee, and now I want to go to the library to find more! I look forward to another book by McGee coming out in December.
Starring Me by KristaMcGee is a young adult novel and quite honestly is the best YA novel I have read in a long time.
Kara McKormick is a teen age girl who dreams of acting. She had appeared in a reality show much like the Bachelor. She had competed with other girls to win a date to the prom with the President's son. Kara wasn't picked but that didn't stop her from trying out for a new show on a brand new network.
After the reality show, Kara meets a young pop singer and of course, develops a crush on her. Isn't that every girl's dream? What Kara doesn't know is this singer is going to be the star of the new show.
Can Kara survive the meanness of the other girls who are also trying out for the role? What will she decide when her father has a heart attack? What will she do with Jesus?
You're going to have to read the book to find out!
I loved that this book didn't have much of the boy-girl relationship. There was a relationship but it wasn't mentioned much and when it was the boy and girl were praying about what they should do before proceeding with the relationship. I just don't like reading a book for young adults and finding it to not be any different than the books I read for adults.
There was one and only one part of the book I didn't like. One of the girls pretends to be a Christian so she can win the role. She tells Kara that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe something. That thinking has infiltrated the church and I hate it. I know God hates it! He clearly states He is the ONLY way to heaven. I wish the author had more clearly pointed out the fallacies of this line of thought.
Starring Me by Krista McGee is actually a teen book but at 26, I still found it very entertaining.
This book centers on seventeen year old aspiring actress Kara McKormick. Kara is chosen to participate in a month long audition for a new teen variety show. The catch is that she does not know that the lead male is pop star Chad Beacon, whom she has already met. Chad, his parents, and the producers have chosen to keep Chad's involvement quiet as they try to find the perfect co-star. Chad's parents are determined that the co-star be a Christian.
Kara spends the month long audition in a house in Orlando with nine other girls and a rather eccentric housemother, Flora. Kara struggles with not feeling adequate enough to be an actress. The only real experience she has is in a couple of local plays and as part of a reality series called The Book of Love. All the other girls have agents and much experience. She also struggles with being lonely. Flora is Kara's only real friend in the house as all the other girls are too busy trying to be stars already. The other girls don't care who they step on to get to the top. If it wasn't for Flora and Kara's friend from The Book of Love, Addy, Kara would not survive the auditions.
With one week left in the auditions, Kara receives shocking news back home in New York. Through this event, Kara learns that God is truly in control. But will the trip to New York ruin Kara's chances of breaking into show business?
I found this book entertaining and thought provoking. Throughout the book, Addy, Flora, and even Chad through prayer, are witnessing to Kara. One of my favorite scenes is when Addy takes Kara on Kara's day off to volunteer at a food pantry/soup kitchen. Addy tells a great version of the prodigal son.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It would be great for teen girls but it is also written in a way that is entertaining to those who are in their twenties.
~~I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Book Sneeze.~~
Since I really like watching reality tv shows, I knew I would like the newest book by Krista McGee, Starring Me. The book is about Kara McKormick who decides to be in a new teen variety show which causes her to move to Florida for a month-long audition process. Her co-star will be Chad Beacon, a winner of a singing competition, who uses the audition as a chance to decide who will be his newest co-star in the variety show he will be starring in.
This book is very relevant, since there are always new reality shows on tv right now, and there are many young celebrities who everyone from the ages 4 to 24 recognizes. In addition to the celebrity theme, I also liked that the book showed the strong Christian commitment of Chad's family. Their faith was something they took very seriously, and I liked how they felt it was important to have a Christian co-star. It was also good to see Kara's new
This book was a continuation of the book First Date. Although I did not read that book, I did not find myself lost while reading about Kara's attempts to enter into show business. This was a cute book for young teenagers, and I cannot wait to share this book with my cousins.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
My daughter received this book as an ARC when we were on a trip. The rest of the trip was filled with her giggles as she flew through this story. She liked it so much I decided I needed to try it too.
This story is a delightful story inside a story. Kara wants to be a star, but doesn't know for sure how that will happen. Chad is set to star in a new teen variety show, but his parents have made a requirement that they be allowed to pick his co-star. This story is a treat in the way that the contest to find his co-star unfolds and also in the way that it overlays a Bible story.
Perfect read for teens who want a little bit more in their books.