Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Starring Me

Kara McKormick is told she’s auditioning to star in a new teen variety show. But it’s what she isn’t told that could change her life.

The feisty New Yorker moves to sunny Orlando to participate in a month-long audition, where she’ll live with nine other contestants and an eccentric housemother. Kara knows that the show already has a big-time celebrity lined up for the co-host, but she doesn’t know who it is.

Chad Beacon quickly rose to fame after winning America’s Next Star, but he doesn’t want his entire career to be about singing. There is so much more he wants to do—like act. The new variety show sounds like the perfect next step for him, but his parents want him to have a co-star who shares his faith since they’ll be spending so much time together.

Acting is high on Kara’s priority list. But a relationship with God? Not so much. In fact, she’s tried to stay away from anything religious. But God is after Kara’s heart and He’s put people in her life who are showing her there’s far more to Christianity than rules and judgment.

And just when it seems that Kara’s going to have to give up her acting dream, God reveals that she may have a starring role after all—in a story so big only He could write it.

You may or may not remember that I loved the first book I read by Krista McGee, First Date. When I saw that I could request a complimentary copy of McGee's second book, Starring Me, through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance. Starring Me is a continuation of the story started in First Date. The story is continued through the perspective of Addy Davidson's new best friend, Kara McCormick. Kara's dream is to become an actress and after her performance on Book of Love in First Date, she is contacted to audition for a variety show for teens. In her journey to find fame, she meets challenging people, challenging situations, and God. I enjoyed this book even more than First Date, and hope that McGee somehow continues the series. It would be interesting to get the perspective of Anna Grace, the "mean girl" in the two books.

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