Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Starring Me by Krista McGee

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.

Starring Me by Krista McGee was a cute and enjoyable novel that was filled with humor, poignant truths, and romance. This novel is the sequel to First Date, but it can still be read as a stand-alone novel. Starring Me was loosely based on the story of Isaac and Rebekah from Genesis 24.  The plot line was easy to follow, flowed well, and interesting. There was not a lot of suspense as the reader knew more than the main characters, but the story line was still exciting and fun to read. There was one area that was left unclear to the reader, and they were left guessing as to this person's true intentions.  It was also neat to see the characters develop and change and the reader was often left wondering whether or not the main characters would end up together or if Kara would find God.

The characters were realistic and fun to read about. I enjoyed seeing Kara's growth and her journey toward God and His open arms. Her interactions with the other characters were both humorous and illuminating. Learning more about Addy, Jonathan, and their relationship from the first book, First Date, was exciting as well. Chad was also a well developed character. It was nice to see a good representation of homeschooling as well as to see a Christian in the popular music and tv industry. I also liked that his parents were involved in making  his career. Flora, the housemother for the auditions, was one of my favorite characters. She was really eccentric, but she had a wonderful relationship with God, was not afraid to speak boldly about Him, and loved to read.

The themes of Starring Me were clear and beautifully expressed. Some of the themes including, the our need of Christ as our Savior, having a relationship with God, and being bold and serving others. During one of Flora and Kara's many conversations about God, Flora told Kara,

"Sin is like poison. We are all infected, and it is always fatal.
However, Jesus offered us a cure."

 ...Kara replied, "What if there is no sin? What if you're wrong?"

"When God gets ahold of your heart,
he shows himself to you in so many ways that you will know he is real.
Ask him to do that for you" said Flora. (pp 246-247)

This is just one conversation of many that beautifully portrayed the truth of God and the Gospel.

Overall, I really enjoyed Starring Me, and I would highly recommend it, especially to young adults and teens.

I received this book for free from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. 

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