Starring Me

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Perhaps this is not about Chad. Perhaps God orchestrated this whole thing – his fame, this show, these auditions – because He wanted to bring this one girl to Himself.

Book:Starring Me by Krista McGee, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2012

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-19
Subjects: Sharing your faith, Showing Love to Others, Fame, Friendship, Love for Family
Summary: It’s an opportunity greater than she knows. Kara knows that one girl will be chosen to be on a show. But she has no idea that the co-star’s family has made some secret arrangements for it already. Chad’s parents are determined for his co-star to be a Christian, a godly young girl who won’t lead him astray. So the month long auditions are really a character test. Sending in a family friend as a spy, they hope to make the best choice for the new star. Kara and the other girls auditioning are not told that Chad is the star. Chad isn’t told who any of the girls are. As the auditions progress, Chad works to patiently trust God to bring the right girl into the picture. Kara finds that God is working to bring about a change in her life even greater than that of her acting career.
Notes: This is a story of trust. Chad has to trust his parents and family friend to make a decision for his career without him having any input in it. Then when the family friend declares she has found the right girl, but that girl isn’t a Christian yet, they have to rely even more on God to guide them. Kara has to learn to open her heart to God and trust that He is there, ready to love her and welcome her into His family and give her salvation. The characters from the last story (First Date) by this author, are working on trusting God with their relationship, wanting to pursue a dating relationship but wanting to follow God’s guiding. It’s also a story of who to not trust are some characters seem trustworthy but are actually not.
Recommendation Scale: 4.5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

Disclaimer: This book was provided for free by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. 


Seventeen-year-old Kara McKormick hung up the phone and screamed. And screamed.
Her mother came in from the backyard, screaming. “Kara.” She panted, slamming the back door as she rushed to her daughter. “What’s the matter? What happened? Are you all right?”
“Yes, I—” Kara screamed again, hugging her mother and dancing around the kitchen. “Ma, you’ll never believe this.”
Kara started to scream again, and her mother placed a firm hand over her mouth. She removed her hand from Kara’s mouth with a warning look. Kara bit her tongue and jumped up and down.
“Okay, Ma,” she said, still jumping. “I have been chosen to . . .” Kara stopped midsentence, her mouth frozen.
“Kara Elaine McKormick.” Hands on her hips, she stared at her daughter. “Do not scream.”
“I get to audition for a TV show that’s just for teens on a network that lets its stars help write the scripts and the songs and plan the publicity. And this show is going to be the first one, the big one, and they’re investing lots of money into it, so it’ll be huge and they want me to audition. Me, Ma.”
Book: Starring Me; Krista Mcgee; 2012; Thomas Nelson
Genre: Realistic
Target Audience: Girls 16-19
Subjects: Becoming a Christian
Summary: Kara McCormick is auditioning for a teen variety show and is now one of ten possible co-stars. Who the star is is anyone’s guess. But Kara really hopes that it will be Chad, the boy she and her friend Addy met just a little while ago. Both Chad and Addy are Christians and tell Kara about God. However, is she ready to believe?
Notes: This book is more focused on acting, than God. But still there is a lot of positive influence from her friends as well as talks about Him. When her father gets very ill, Kara wonders what happens when someone dies. In the end, Kara gives her heart to God.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Sofia Marie
Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”


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