Starring Me is a YA book about seventeen-year-old Chad, who has been a pop star since winning a major television talent competition. He's trying to break into acting with his own show - but, his parents insist that his female co-host be a Christian. Enter Kara, a seventeen-year-old non-Christian who is in the final round of auditions for the show. The two have met through mutual friends, but neither has any idea that Kara is being considered for Chad's show.
The story was frustrating from the beginning for me. It is marked by awkward transitions, and I never felt as though I were a part of the story. The characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. This is the kind of book that seems to talk down to teens through characters that just didn't seem real.
Spiritually, the theology was sound. However, the religious aspects were more preachy than not. The Christians in this book rarely talk about anything but their religion, even though they supposedly lead multi-faceted lives. There was certainly much more telling than there was showing, particularly with regard to religion.
The subject matter of this book might be interesting to teens - television auditions, teen heartthrobs, and even hanging out at the White House. But other than the setting, I couldn't find much in this book to intrigue me.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Two out of Five Stars