My most recent selection from Book Sneeze is Starring Me, a fictional young adult novel written by Krista McKee. This book is the follow up to First Date, although each is its own unique story. The characters cross over, but Starring Me is its own story.

Kara is a young, hopeful, wanna be actress who is selected to be one of 10 girls to “audition” for a variety show. The exact details of the show, including the costar, are kept secret from the girls trying out.

The exact details revolve around Chad – the latest winner of an American Idol type show who, after only a year, is already tired of the teen heartthrob lifestyle. When he and his parents are pitched the idea for a variety show, they set some ground rules of their own. Chad’s parents insist their son’s costar must be a Christian, desiring the girl to be uplifting to his spiritual walk.

For me, the book was only meh. The story line didn’t contain twists, turns, or anything surprising/exciting. It was a quick read, and I enjoyed the author’s writing style. I think its unfair of me to expect a novel for teens
to be as complex as others I read, but I found the predictability a bit tired.

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This book could be a great spring board, however, for the “in the world but not of the world discussion.” Should we surround ourselves with Christians lest we be tempted to stray? I don’t agree with the position taken by the parents (and presumably the author) but is certainly a topic worth talking about.

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