Posted in Contemporary, Young Adult

Krista McGee

First Date

The last thing Addy Davidson wants is to be on a reality TV show where the prize is a prom date with the President’s son.She’s focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on a date, and didn’t even audition for it. But she got selected anyway. So she does her best to get eliminated on the very first show. Right before she realizes that the President’s son is possibly the most attractive guy she has ever seen in person, surprisingly nice, and seemingly unimpressed by the 99 other girls who are throwing themselves at him. Addy’s totally out of her comfort zone but that may be right where God can show her all that she was meant to be.

Starring Me

Kara McKormick is told she’s auditioning to star in a new teen variety show. 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. 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.

Review
  So this will be a general review of both books. Personally, I enjoyed First Date more than I enjoyed Starring Me. Ms. Mcgee uses biblical stories (in this case Esther and Isaac and Rebekah respectively) as a template for her novels. I guess I just feel like the story of Esther has more complexities and intracacies than Isaac and Rebekah. I thought she was able to play around with First Date more than Starring Me. That said, both are enjoyable reads. Of course they are predictable, but their fun. One thing I really enjoyed in these novels is the imporance Ms. Mcgee places on getting others saved, even as youth. Your faith should do the talking. Recommended!
Anyone else like Starring Me more than First Date? Do you like the idea of using Biblical narrative as a template?
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