Title: Izzy’s Pop Star Plan
Author: Alex Marestaing
Review: I liked this book, it is more for the young adult set then me but it was touching. Izzy lost her mother and missed her terribly. She lived with her father and brother in Hollywood, where she was close to many auditions. The book follows her plan to become a rock star, with rules and actions to take. Its set up to look like a blog with entries and comments. On the way she run into issues that need resolving and with the help of the Bible and God she makes her decisions. The parts about her mother and Mrs. A touched me the most and I even teared up at times. The singing competition is similar to Idol, and the posts outlining the other contestants brought you more and more into their lives.
The Bible references were well places, even if some of the explanations were wonky. I think kids would like this story and maybe the scriptures would touch them also. I didn't agree with the father making her wait to date until she was 18, I think 16 is more reasonable.
One thing I like about Christian writing is the concept of 'Giving it to God'. Things you can't handle, or cause you stress. Who better to turn them over to, then to the one who knows everything and can give you true peace. I have a few things I need to give to him right now. If you enjoy Christian writing you will want to check this book out.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I picked it at Booksneeze.com, the cover caught my eye.
Where I Obtained the Book: From the publisher.
Synopsis: Ever since she was six, she's dreamed of becoming the world's next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she's been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is " ay cooler" than megastar fame.
Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel-this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they'll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.
Author Biography: Whether it’s writing exciting youth material for The Walt Disney Company and the Los Angeles Times or composing music for his latest book series for teens and tweens, author and educator Alex Marestaing loves to create.