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 house-mother. 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.
MY TAKE :
I adore this book! When I finished reading “First Date” I wanted to read more by Krista McGee only to find out it she had only published one book. Can you imagine my joy when I realized that she not only was writing another book, but she also was writing a follow-up to her debut novel. In “First Date” Addy was the heroine of the tale and Kara was her spunky roommate competing for the attention of the same boy. Well Kara
didn’t (I’ll let you read it Lol) made an impression on me then so I was happy to see what happened after the show.
In “Starring Me” Kara is auditioning for a role in a new show for teens. And like the competition before she has to be apart of this reality show and compete against other girls to show she is the best person for the role. The twist to the plot is the boy. There is always a boy lol. The male lead in the show is the famous pop star Chad Beacon. His parents want to make sure the right girl who, not only can act but has a great personality and good character, gets the part. They send their housekeeper to act as the house-mother to supervise and get all the dirt on the girls.
But that isn’t the best part, Kara and Chad have met through mutual friends Addy and the First Son Jonathan. They instantly hit off but neither knows the other is involved in the show and its great how the whole story plays out.
I think the thing I love most about this book is Kara’s journey to understanding what it means to be a christian. She starts out with unbelief and doubts just like everyone else but through Godly counsel and the Holy Spirit she develops a relationship that is greater than any other.
Another good job for Krista McGee!
Favorite Quotes/Lesson Learned:
“And God know your heart. Even better than you do. And if this doesn’t work out, that just means he has something even greater planned for you.”
“She says that God just gives one way, and his love is what allows us to choose that one way.”
“God didn’t put her around all these Christians for nothing. He’s after her.”