Uplifting Young Adult Fiction


Today the shelves in the young adult section of bookstores are filled with books about vampires, werewolves and witches. It is always refreshing to come across a book based in reality that has a positive message with no gore or foul language. Starring Me written by Krista McGee fits that category.

Starring Me is the followup to First Date (also reviewed on this blog). We met the main character, Kara in the first book. Kara wants to be a famous actress but she wants to be involved in the writing as well. When an opportunity comes for her to join another reality-type so to win a part in a sketch-type show, Kara is thrilled about the opportunity. The girls know they will be starring with a famous actor but they don’t know who that is (although the reader knows from chapter one of the book).

Kara is challenged with mean girls and tough situations but she has a supportive family, a faithful best friend and a kind house-mother type to help her survive the teenage struggles and the stress of being thrust into the spotlight.


This was a pretty quick and easy read. There are no big twists and turns. In fact, the book is pretty predictable but, in reality, isn’t life pretty predictable? Overall, it was a good, engaging read and most younger teenage girls (I’d say 13-15 years) will enjoy this book.

****Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.