Kara McCormick is a Long Island teen who dreams of seeing her name in lights. She loves performing and making others laugh, so when she receives a call about auditioning for a new show in Florida, she hops on the first plane out.
Chad Beacon is a young singing sensation who's tired of being tackled by adoring females. Ready to transition into television and use his acting talent, he's found the perfect show to host - but his parents won't give him permission unless they approve of his female cohost. Can they find a fun, talented girl - who's also a Christian?
Starring Me is a fabulous, lighthearted read! This book sparks with perkiness the whole way through. Even though Kara is not a person of faith in the beginning, she is surrounded by them, and her openness to discuss new things is refreshing. Her kindness and compassion definitely make her the star of the book, and in this regard she is held up as a shining example of how we should all behave. The contrast between Kara's behavior and that of her housemates is a stark reminder of how to and not to be.
McGee writes quirky scenarios and fun vignettes, all of which add to the charm of this book. The mood of the story, even when Kara's facing hard things, just makes the reader happy, and that's rare today.
By far the best aspect of this story to me was the example set by the Christian characters. Being exceptionally kind, speaking of their faith often, and sharing their beliefs without pushing are things that we can all do to live like Jesus, but one other stood out. Chad and Kara are friends with two other teens who are attracted to each other and are considering a relationship, and that's what's so wonderful: they're teens who are considering it. They're going slow, getting to know each other, and deciding what they want out of a relationship before ever moving forward at all.. That's rare in the world today, and even more so to find played out in our media today. To see such a relationship held up as an example in a new book was wonderful.
All in all, Starring Me is a perky read that should make any teen laugh. As a mom, it's the kind of book I want my kids to read when they hit their teen years. You can't go wrong with Starring Me.
I received a free copy of Starring Me from the BookSneeze Program in exchange for an honest review.
This book is as amazing as it's predecessor "First Date." This book picks up not long after FD and is about Kara who was a central character in FD. Kara who does not have a relationship with God is picked to be part off month long audition for a new show with a major star who is not being named until the actress role is cast. The young man who is to be the co-star and his family want to pick the girl so they devise a month long audition process with a family friend as chaperone to make sure the right girl is cast. I love the way Kara's journey about a relationship with Christ is woven into the storyline. It makes for a great read!
I love this book. It has a lot of humorous scenes in it and I love the interactions of the characters. I can't wait for Krista McGee's next book!
Kara McKormick and Addy Davidson were roommates on The Book of Love, a reality TV show searching for a prom date for the son of the President of the United States. Neither girl won the date, but Addy won the boy. Now Kara has been asked to audition for the female co-host of a new teen TV show. She gets through the first round of auditions and finds herself in Florida for a month with nine other girls, all competing for the same role.
Chad Beacon, winner of a nationwide TV talent show, teenage pop sensation and friend to Jonathon Jackson (hero of First Date, Addy's story). He has been offered the chance to co-host a new teen TV show, but his parents insist that they get to decide who the female co-host will be, because they want her to be a Christian. The station agrees to allow the family the choice by having Flora, their housekeeper, live with the girls and make the decision.
I thought the initial introduction to Flora was a little weird - it made her out to be a bit of a flake, when we later see her as a long-serving, trusted and responsible member of the Beacon household. And the behaviour of some of the teen girls in the house seemed a little over the topÃ¢â¬âuntil I thought of the last reality TV show I watched, which left me shaking my head at the shallowness of both the male and female contestants.
But this was more than made up for by the positive aspects of the book, including Kara's spiritual journey, the scenes with Addy and Jonathon (it's always nice when the characters in the first book are still part of the second), and the clear gospel message. I'd recommend this book to any tween or teen girl with an interest in celebrities (isn't that all of them?).
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze for providing a free ebook for review.
First, let me just say that I love how "Starring Me by Krista McGee" rhymes. Cute!
I loved Kara in McGee's first book, First Date. She was the highlight of the book for me. (Read my review here.) We get plenty of her trademark sass in Starring Me, but we also get to see her deeper side and qualities. She's loyal, dedicated and kind. I also loved Flora, the housemother that Kara bonds with. Both First Date and Starring Me are loosely based on the bible characters of Esther and Rebekah. But in cool way. I really love the tv reality show gimmick. There's an "insider" feel to the descriptions of the filming and rehearsals that's really fun. A great read for younger teens.
I recieved a eBook copy of this title through NetGalley.
I have only read one other book by Krista McGee and really enjoyed it. Her books tend to be tailored more for young adults, but they are still enjoyable for adults, in general. Her writing isn't simplified at all. It's more that she chooses younger characters to write about so she can relate to the young adults. Krista writes with humor and has me laughing many times throughout her books.
Starring Me is about Kara, who is a friend of Addy's from Krista's previous book First Date, and Chad Beacon is a Christian and wants to find a co-star. His parents desire for his co-star to share his same beliefs, so they keep quiet about Chad's involvement in the variety show. Kara wants nothing more than to be actor so she signs up for this variety show that she thinks will bring her closer to her goal.
What she doesn't expect is some news that could ruin her chances at being a star. However, through a set of circumstances, God weaves the perfect story for her to possibly get a chance to be a star after all. It helps too that Chad is the perfect guy that you would want your daughter to end up with!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.