Friday, June 7, 2019

"Starring Me" by Krista McGee

About this book:

  “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.”

Series: It’s not officially part of a series, but it’s connected to “First Date” and “Right Where I Belong”. “First Date” is first and “Starring Me” is second! ;)

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned; Many Prayers; Lots of being witnessed to & Witnessing; Many talks about God, Christians, & praying; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Chad has a faith; Kara doesn’t believe in prayers or God, but says she’s open to spirituality *Spoiler* After she tries praying a few times & reading the Bible, Kara wonders more about God and towards then end she prays for God’s forgiveness *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God & His will; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Many mentions of faiths & Christians; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & Bible studies; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, & helping others in need; Mentions of Heaven & Hell; Mention of missionaries & ministries; Mentions of testimonies; Mentions of sins & sinners; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of choirs; A mention of thanking God; A mention of C.S. Lewis’s conversion of atheism to Christianity;
             *Note: Mentions of Greek gods & Kara thinking Chad is one; Mentions of myths of gods; Mentions of luck & the universe; A few mentions of other religions; A mention of the “gods of television”; A mention of positive thoughts.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, a ‘suck’, a form of ‘suck up’, two forms of ‘shut up’, two ‘wimp’s, four ‘stupid’s, and six ‘dumb’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & eye rolling; Chad gets pummeled by a female fan, Injuries, & Pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the mafia, gangs, killing, murderers, & prisons; Mentions of criminals, drugs, & alcohol; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of running over a squirrel & it dying; A few mentions of Addy’s parents who were missionaries that were killed overseas; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of gossip; A few mentions of tattoos; A couple mentions of smoking; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of poker;
             *Note: Mentions of celebrities, TV shows, TV channels, movies, & fictional characters; Mentions of authors & books; Mentions of vampires & aliens; A few mentions of a singer & song; A couple mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of social media platforms; A mention of someone being called a ‘brownnose’.

Sexual Content- Imagining kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); A few Touches & Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); two forms of ‘hot’ and three ‘baby’s; Mentions of a script of a girl trying to steal another girl’s guy & kiss him; Mentions of kissing, kisses, & an almost kiss; Mentions of dating, girlfriends, boyfriends, break-ups, & cheating; Mentions of flirting; A few mentions of temptations for a teen boy & hormones; A couple mentions of girls ripping off Chad’s shirts in the past; A mention of someone not being a pimp; A mention of a line in a script about a couple having babies that crawl out of her belly;
             *Note: A few mentions of girls wearing bikinis that leave little to the imagination; A mention of a mom having difficultly conceiving; A mention of a bug bite on a girl’s rear.

-Kara McKormick, age 17
-Chad Beacon, age 17
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        328 pages

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New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
I will try not to squee and squeal over yet another Krista McGee book, but I make no promises. 😉 This is my second or third time reading this hilarious sequel to “First Date”. I think I enjoyed it a bit more when I was younger, but it was still such a great read with the fun main characters and all of the faith content! Some of the parts were a bit coincidental, but I like happy endings. Definitely considered a favorite and a classic in my eyes for Christian teen girls!

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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