Friday, September 14, 2012

Starring Me by Krista McGee

Title: Starring Me
Author: Krista McGee
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Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: From Publisher
Interest: Series
Others in the Series: First Date
Age Group: Young Adult

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

For Thomas Nelson readers everywhere and those who loved McGee's First Date, this book is one that cannot be missed. Young Adult Christian and non-Christian readers will enjoy this wonderful novel about a young girl finding herself and the support team that she has behind her.

Reader's of First Date will remember Kara, Addy's bubbly New York roommate who supported Addy whenever she needed her. Now, Kara is taking the spotlight for herself. When the chance to participate in a new show arrives on Kara's footsteps she cannot turn it down.

Feisty doesn't even begin to describe Kara. She was funny, eccentric, and a huge fun to read. I am so glad that McGee decided to write a novel about Kara, because even from the beginning she showed a lot of promise.

And the character development? Ah-mazing. McGee's writing style brings the story to life and the character of Kara pops and makes the story worthwhile. Though, to be honest, it wasn't as great as it had been when it came to her other novel. I don't know if the story was moving a little too fast or maybe there just wasn't enough character interactions, but I always felt like everything was being cut short. Where there should have been more, there was less. 

I'm just glad that that didn't make the story any less enjoyable. 

I was really glad that I got the chance to read this book. It was fantastic and I hope to keep reading more of McGee's work in the future. This coming of age story is delightful and takes into account of a teenage girl finding herself and God.

Another wonderful read from a great author.

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