Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Starring Me” as Want to Read:
Starring Me
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Starring Me

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  782 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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-ho
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Starring Me, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Starring Me

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Hannah Rodes
Jan 10, 2016 Hannah Rodes rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Starring Me by Krista Mcgee

So, wow. Where do I start? Starring Me was so super awesome!

I just love Kara so much! She has such an awesome, perky, lovely personality. If you don’t love Kara….You must have a few screws loose. And Chad! A little fresh, but he was super cool.

Okay, Flora!!!!! I love her book nerd ness, her spunky, playful personality, and I loved that she totally didn’t get sarcasm. I’m serious. I felt a connection. ;) She was soooo cool! I feel in love with her right away.

Paula  Phillips
May 11, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this author when I opened her very first book and started reading it , the book was "First Date", it was amazing. When I heard she was writing a second one starring the best friend of the main character Addy in the first book, I just knew I had to read it.
Starring Me is the story of Kara McCormick , she starred alongside Addy in the reality show The Book of Love in which she competed to win a date to the prom with the President's son who Addy is now dating.
In Starring Me, i
Of course this is a 5 star! Loved it!

I received the digital version of this book from the publisher for review.

This book isn't really what I expected it to be. Of course, I wasn't expecting anything religious. My first impression was that this is a story of a girl who's chasing her dream. This kind of stories always gets me. It fascinates and inspires me to see people fight so hard to get to where they want to be and become who they are. I thought that was what this book would be about. But no, it's
Amy Bradsher
Jul 28, 2012 Amy Bradsher rated it it was amazing
Kara McCormick is a Long Island teen who dreams of seeing her name in lights. She loves performing and making others laugh, so when she receives a call about auditioning for a new show in Florida, she hops on the first plane out.

Chad Beacon is a young singing sensation who's tired of being tackled by adoring females. Ready to transition into television and use his acting talent, he's found the perfect show to host - but his parents won't give him permission unless they approve of his female coho
Lisa Nguyen
Jul 19, 2012 Lisa Nguyen rated it it was ok
For more YA reviews, check out

When I saw this on NetGalley, I thought I would like to read about a girl trying to get in a teen variety show. I seems like a good read. I decided to read this book because I been reading a lot of paranormal romance books. I thought this would be a great book.

In the beginning was about Chad and his parents trying to agree with the producer about picking the costar for Chad's T.V. show. His parents wanted to choose the girl. His pare
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Starring Me is such a refreshing story about learning to let go and let God in. I have to say that I have not read many Christian books but this one was one I just had to read. I had to know where Kara's mind was at and where she was willing to take it. I want to say that for young adults choosing God is not always the most popular thing to do but if you are a Christian and you love the Lord NEVER EVER compromise! God will never leave you nor will he forsake you as long as you are his child.

Starring Me was a superb book! When I got it I was expecting it to be a very light almost shallow read. (No offense to anyone.)However, in the first chapter Chad's parents are saying the girl that will co-star with Chad on the new TV show has to be a Christian. Chad and his family had very strong convictions about dating. Which I was pleasantly surprised to read in a YA book. Reading Starring Me was a wonderful change from most of the YA books I have read. (Even though they have all been Christi ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Carissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reviews
first reviewed here


Title: Starring Me

Author: Krista McGee

Series: the main character in Starring Me was in First Date also by Krista McGee

Pages: 320

Genre: Teen Christian Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Kara McKormick thought that she was auditioning for a teen reality show, but she ends up finding some much more. She has a chance to star on a teen reality show opposite of Chad Beacon who has become a star, Chad’s Christian faith is as strong as Addy’s was in First
Feb 13, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Kara captivated my interest with her witty, New York dialog, and fun positive attitude in First Date.

In this novel, you meet some interesting new characters. Chad Beacon, for instance, is a very popular celebrity. Who has been homeschooled for his entire life. I really liked Chad. And I really liked that he didn't feel as if his parents were being overprotective when they insisted on finding a Christian girl to be his co-star in a new T.V. show.
The whole book is about another round of competit
Jul 24, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
This book is as amazing as it's predecessor "First Date." This book picks up not long after FD and is about Kara who was a central character in FD. Kara who does not have a relationship with God is picked to be part off month long audition for a new show with a major star who is not being named until the actress role is cast. The young man who is to be the co-star and his family want to pick the girl so they devise a month long audition process with a family friend as chaperone to make sure the ...more
Sofia Marie
Typical Kara - "Fun Rule Number One," Kara began, throwing on her clothes and running a brush through her still-damp hair. "Fun is an attitude, not a location. Got that?" (This quote is from the first of the series, but it sums up Kara pretty well.)

Kara McCormick is auditioning for a teen variety show and is now one of ten possible co-stars. Who the star is is anyone's guess. But Kara really hopes that it will be Chad, the boy she and her friend Addy met just a little while ago. Both Chad and
Aug 14, 2014 Anncleire rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, real-life, ya
“Starring me” è rimasto diverso tempo a vegetare nelle cose da leggere e quando ho iniziato la lettura mi sono ritrovata a chiedermi perché diamine avevo voluto leggerlo. Il libro ha un’ampia componente cristiana e per quanto io sia aperta di mente e creda, beh non sono riuscita molto ad apprezzarlo. In alcuni passaggi era estremamente semplicistico e con un’ottica un po’ infantile.

Chad è una giovane rock star di diciassette anni che è stata scelta per un programma televisivo per teenagers dove
Renn Shearin
Jun 19, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it it was amazing
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 hi
Emily Rachelle
Jan 24, 2013 Emily Rachelle rated it really liked it
Kara McKormick is a normal American teenager... well, except that she's been in a reality television show competing for a date with the First Son. This happened in McGee's First Date, for which this book is a sequel. Now, in Starring Me, Kara is aiming for the role of co-host in a new teen variety show.

Only the readers know who the main host of this show will be. Chad Beacon is a famous teen singer looking to use his talents in other areas, including this new television show. He and his family a
Between 2.5 & a 3 for me.

Originally reviewed on Rather Be Reading Blog

While I’m open-minded when it comes to the religious beliefs of others, I don’t like to be overwhelmed by them — especially when I’m reading a book. There has to be some kind of balance in the story so the reader doesn’t feel alienated and I’m sorry to say at times I felt uncomfortable reading Starring Me for this very reason.

Kara is a sweet, focused, and enthusiastic girl who hails from Long Island (loved reading a book s
Jan 31, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
Starring Me is an entertaining YA novel that looks at the pressures of celebrity status and staying true to what is important to you. While this particular novel has strong Christian overtones and a bit of preaching the message applies no matter your beliefs or lack thereof.

Kara McKornick has big dreams of being an actress. She’s had some success in local theatre and was a finalist in a reality TV series. When she gets an opportunity to audition for a new teen variety show where she will be able
Jul 10, 2012 Starr rated it it was amazing
Source: The publisher, for review
Rating: Light, funny, a perfect summer read and a new favorite

Yes, you saw correctly. This is the second book that I have said has been a favorite. This is McGee’s second book, and it takes place sometime after First Date. I have not read this, but I will be soon, so I don’t know if this is a series or just another stand alone with the same characters. From what I’ve gathered First Date focuses on Addy, who is best friends with Kara. Kara is the focus of Starrin
The Romance Bookie
I was given an ARC of Starring Me by Krista McGee via Netgalley a couple of months ago. I read Krista's first novel First Date (Review Here!) back in January, and thought it was a very cute story. So when I saw Krista's second novel Starring Me on Netgalley I didn't hesitate to request it right away!

Then when I was contacted by the publisher this past week, to possibly take into consideration of reviewing this book, I couldn't resist! So as soon as I finished my last book, I picked up my beautif
Jul 02, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Summary from Booksneeze:

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
Mar 11, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Starring Me - Krista McGee
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*) 4.5stars
It was good. But First Date was better. There was more suspense on First Date. It had the part with the countdown where some of the girls were taken out of the show. I could literally feel the suspense. There wasn't really any suspense in this one. And I liked "The Book of Love" better than the auditions they were doing in this one. And I connected with Addy more than with Kara. Not to mention the romance. It was kind of weird. Kara and Chad
Feb 23, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Here's a story for all the spunky girls out there! Kara McKormick, Addy's roommate from First Date, is pursuing her career in entertainment. When she is selected to take part in a month-long audition for a new teen version of "Saturday Night Light," Kara leaves her home in NYC for Orlando, FL, to live with 9 other hopeful young ladies and their unusual housemother, Flora. There are a number of things the girls don't know about the upcoming show, including the identity of the celebrity who is beh ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Kara McKormick was born to be on the stage. It’s been her dream for as long as she can remember. When she is called back for the role of co host on an all new teen talk show, she is off the walls with excitement. Literally, her family and best friend, Addy, could barely hold her down

Chad Beacon became an overnight popstar sensation once we won America’s Next Star. Now, with his new talk show on a new teen channel, he’s eager to find his co-host. Except for one little problem. His parents insist
Sep 04, 2015 Sana rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, arcs
All Kara McKormick wants is to be an actress. With a talent of blending perfectly into her character that brings her a thrill of performing, Kara believes she has it all. But does she? When she doesn't have an agent and the her only claim to fame is being on The Book of Love.

So armed with a passion for acting and a determined will, Kara goes to audition for a show when she gets a call. All she knows is that she will be competing with nine other girls and at the end, one girl will get her own SNL
Eustacia Tan
Aug 06, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I first heard of Starring Me when I received an email from Ruthie who works at Thomas Nelson. She mentioned that I might have reviewed another one of their books called "There You'll Find Me", but after searching through the my archives, I couldn't find any trace of this book. Still, I decided to read Starring Me, since it sounded like an interesting story.

It was only when I started reading that I realised I had reviewed for Thomas Nelson before. It was for First Date and Starring Me is the seco
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
First Date was amazing and I'm really looking forward on this second book by Krista Mcgee which features Kara, Addy's friend from The First Date.

Kara Mccormick starred along side Addy in the reality show The Book of Love in which she competed to win a date with the president’s son who Addy is dating now. And now another reality show has come. She is told she’s auditioning to star in a new teen variety show and she needed to move in Orland to participate in a month-long audition where she'll live
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Jul 01, 2012 Valerie (Val's Vicinity) rated it really liked it
I always get a huge kick out of novels that involve showbiz or celebrities, and what do you know, this one has both! Starring Me is a fun and lighthearted story that shows what it's like for a spunky teen girl trying to break into showbiz; and on the flip side, it also shows the difficulty that celebrity status can bring.

Kara is extremely lively; at her age of 17 she can be a bit over-the-top at times, but her enthusiasm brings a ton of life to the story. She's genuinely nice and isn't vicious o
Jul 17, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
One thing I really loved about Starring Me were the characters. While Starring Me stands alone, some of the characters were also featured in McGee's first novel, First Date, which came out this past January. It's exactly like how you can read Lola and The Boy Next Door as a standalone, but characters from Anna and the French Kiss show up... I love that! I'm hoping we get the same thing in McGee's next book, Right Where I Belong, due out this coming December.

The story in Starring Me makes for a v

After loving First Date, I knew I wanted to read McGee's next book. To my surprise, it is actually a companion novel focusing on First Date's heroine Addy's best friend Kara. I was expecting a standalone, although this one can certainly be read on its own.

Kara gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she is asked to try out for a teenage sketch comedy show, that would allow her to demonstrate the multiplicity of her talents. Unbeknownst to her, her famous costar is Chad Beacon, one of the mo
Feb 03, 2016 Brenda rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, for-review
I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze. The titular "me" is Kara McKormick, a spunky New Yorker and aspiring actress who recently had her big break on a dating reality show. After making it to the final auditions for an exciting new SNL-type sketch comedy, Kara goes to Orlando to live with the other finalists and be filmed during the elimination process. Around the same time, through friends, she meets Chad Beacon - teenage heartthrob and reigning American Idol America's Next Star. Altho ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Addison Blakely:  Confessions of a PK
  • Protection for Hire (Protection for Hire, #1)
  • Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You
  • A Charmed Life (The Charmed Life, #1-3)
  • Sketchy Behavior
  • Wish You Were Here (Wish You Were Here, #1)
  • A Case for Love (Brides of Bonneterre, #3)
  • Double Take
  • A Promise to Love (Michigan Northwoods, #2)
  • Not This Time (Crossroads Crisis Center, #3)
  • Circle of Silence (WiHi, #2)
  • Asking for Trouble (London Confidential, #1)
  • Beyond Molasses Creek
  • Sweeter Than Birdsong (Saddler's Legacy, #2)
  • Diva NashVegas
  • The Scent of Rain
  • Through Rushing Water
Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.
More about Krista McGee...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Do not speak unflatteringly of Jane," Flora said, walking beside Chad. "She is the greatest writer to have ever lived." "I thought that was Shakespeare." "William was, or course, quite good," Flora said. "But no one can compare to Jane Austen.” 6 likes
“They are friends because they are both beautiful specimens of maledom."
"Beautiful specimens of maledom?"
"That's right. And there are very few of those species in existence presently, so they need to stick together in order to survive.”
More quotes…