It's not often that I like a sequel better than a first book, but, in the case of "Starring Me," this is the case. I enjoyed reading "First Date," a contemporary story with elements from the stories of Esther and Daniel, but "Starring Me" was even more fun to read.
Also a contemporary story with recognizable similarities to a biblical one, "Starring Me" moves Kara McKormick from supporting role to lead. In this story, she's auditioning for a role as a co-star on a brand new TV show for teens. She knows the show's male counterpart has already been chosen, but his identity is being kept secret. Also unknown to her is the fact that his parents set up the auditions in a way that would allow them to choose his co-star. Knowing he'll be working with her closely and over a long period of time, they want their son to find a co-star who shares his faith in God.
In addition to the fun story, this book offers some great insights into setting priorities, showing kindness, putting others above self, why Jesus matters, how God works in our lives, caring for those in need, maintaining strong family relationships, being a friend, and getting a good education.
I'm happy to recommend this sweet story, especially to junior high or early high school age girls. Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending a complimentary eCopy for this honest review.
Starring Me by Krista McGee is the sequel to Ms. McGee's book First Date. We met the main two characters Kara McCormick and Chad Beacon in First Date. Starring Me follows Kara as she auditions for a new teen variety show. You follow Kara as she leaves her family in New York to move to Orlando for a month to live with the other nine girls chosen to compete for the show. Kara and the other girls are told they will be co-hosting with a young up-and-coming male star. They have no idea that it is Chad Beacon. Unknown to the girls, their "house mom" is Chad's housekeeper, Flora. Flora is sent to learn what each girl is like when the cameras aren't rolling. Chad and his parents want the girl chosen to be of good moral conduct and character, as well as a christian. As Kara goes through the day to day activities, she really catches Flora's eye. However, Kara is not a christian. Will the time spent with Flora and Kara's best friend, Addy, start to make a change in Kara and draw her closer to God?
Anyone who enjoyed reading First Date will not be disappointed with Starring Me
Starring Me is a sequel to First DateFirst Date. But where First Date focused more and on Addy and Jonathon, Starring Me focuses fiesty Kara McKormick and her chance to become a star.
Kara has been offered a chance to audition for a new teen variety show. If she wins she'll co-host with a celebrity teen star in Orlando. But what Kara and the other nine girls don't know is that celebrity teen Chad Beacon is the mystery star and his new co-host needs to be a Christian to win. Will a not so little thing like belief in God keep Kara from fulfilling her dream?
The month long audition takes place in Orlando Florida and the girls live together in a house with Flora as their housemother. Flora is an unusual housemother in her love of reading classic books, her colorful hair, and her style of dress. But Kara is drawn to Flora and they talk about Flora's belief in God. During her times off Kara spends time with Addy. Kara feels out of her element with the other girls who are just as catty and mean spirited as they were on The Book of Love. And to top it off Kara is only girl auditioning who doesn't have an agent.
With so many people praying for her and living as examples of true loving Christianity, will Kara decide to pursue a relationship with God? When a crisis forces Kara to decide what is important in her life, what will be her decision?
I found Starring Me to be as much fun as First Date. Kara is the kind of person you could see as a friend and maybe a little over the top in her reactions, but totally fun. Kara's life journey is fascinating to follow. And I loved that Addy and Jonathon were in it again.
I am hoping for a third book in this series as I love the growth that all the characters experience from their exposure to each other and from their families.
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It is encouraging to read literature for teenagers that is well written, entertaining and uplifting all at the same time. Many Christian books for teenagers can come across as preachy and often turns them off. Not only did this book have a great point, it was fast pace, creative and funny. It is definitely a book I will recommend to my own teenage daughter.
I was introduced to this author's works when I read the prequel to this book, First Date, and became in instant fan. Though Starring Me works as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading First Date before this book because it also is a five star read and you may stumble across some spoilers in this book.
The characters in Starring Me are quirky, but down-to-earth and believable. Though it is probably a little far-fetched that parents of a teenage star would have the foresight and enough clout to demand a Christian co-star, I found the idea inspiring. I also loved the concept of a covert "character test" for a group of teenage aspiring actresses. I wish there were real role models in the entertainment industry somewhere that were like the teenagers in McGee's books.
After reading First Date and Starring Me, I am a huge fan of Krista McGee! In Starring Me, we follow Kara's story as she has the opportunity to audition to be the co-host of a new teen show. She's determined to get the role, but must beat out nine other contestants for the part. Living with the other girls presents a variety of challenges, but Kara leans on her friendship with Addy and wisdom from the house mother. When a family crisis interrupts the auditions, Kara is sure she will have to sacrifice her dream. Only God can work out the details, but will Kara trust Him to?
What a wonderful book! The story is fun and the characters are realistic (despite their fame) and the kind of people you would want to be friends with. One of the things I loved most about Starring Me was how McGee was so intentional about including the gospel throughout the book without compromising the story or creating super-cheesy characters and dialogue.
There was one instance where Kara was asking Addy questions about God and I thought the entire conversation was just brilliant! Teenagers who read this novel will be able to see that it can be easy and natural to talk about God with your friends. I also appreciated how the author handled the "romance" aspect of the bookÃ¢â¬âand particularly dealt with a Christian and non-Christian being interested in one another.
Readers who enjoy sweet romance and fun stories will surely love Starring Me, and I have no reservations (at all!) about recommending this to younger readers.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.