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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  496 ratings  ·  107 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...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Paula  Phillips
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...more
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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 ½ 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...more
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.

Lisa Nguyen
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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...more
Amy Bradsher
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...more
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

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...more
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
Kara has always wanted to act. She's been in a few plays and on one reality show, but when the opportunity to have her own show comes up she jumps at the chance.
She will be co-hosting with an unknown celebrity and the auditions are for an entire month.
Her friends are Christian and she arrives at the audition home to find the home mother is also Christian. It almost feels like God is chasing her.

I'd already reviewed the first book in this series so I wanted to check this one out as well. I think...more
I've been trying to find a teen romance book without all the cussing, and sexual situations. Lets face it, there isn't that many out there. I was about ready to give up hope, until I found a Christian site that had all kinds of Christian authors who write a love story, but surround it with God. I was expecting this book to be a light read & nothing too fantastic. But-- I was proved wrong. I was able to relate to a few things in the book & the author threw in some things that gave the boo...more
I absolutely loved Krista McGee's First Date. It was fun, heartfelt, and didn't stray away from some tough spiritual questions. A lot of times, I can't fully love romances because there's just something missing: God. In First Date, God was a moving force in the novel, and thankfully that was also the case in Starring Me.

I was reunited with Kara, Addy's best friend from The Book of Love, on the brink of landing a gig that could help her career take off. She auditions for a teen variety show st...more
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...more

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...more
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...more
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...more
Kara McCormick is one of ten girls selected to audition in a new teen variety show. The girls don't know who their co-star will be. The ten girls spend a month living together in a house with an eccentric housemother while going through a series of different auditions. Chad Beacon, popular teen singer, wants to expand his horizons and try his hand at acting and writing in addition to singing. With his parents, he's agreed to allow family friend Flora supervise the auditions of the girls who will...more
Kara McKormick didn't win the competition in First Date, but she's back for another chance at fulfilling her dreams when she is chosen to compete for job on a TV show where she could showcase her singing and acting skills.

Chad Beacon is a star but wants to do more than just singing, so he is eager to be on a new teen variety show. Adamant that Chad be surrounded by Christians, his parents ask his long time family friend Flora to choose the girl to be Chad's costar and to surprise him with reveal...more
With so many reality shows blaring at our youth today it's nice to read a funny and witty book with biblical values. Starring Me by Krista McGee is sweet story about Kara who, like most teen girls wants to star in a teen variety show. Chad *swoon* has risen to stardom quickly and he gets to pick a partner in this new show.
His parents are concerned about the non christian influences in the movie world and have requested that he have a co-star who shares his faith {like any good parents they belie...more
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...more
Starring Me was an easy read. It didn’t take much thinking and was quite a quick read. My biggest problem with this book is that there were no surprises. I guess it sucks that I love surprises.

I think the book was more focussed on Kara and the Christian religion rather than anything else. I may not be religious but I feel everyone has their own beliefs so I don’t mind reading Christian oriented books, but I just feel this book needed more twists and turns, more surprises, a little more excitemen...more
Renn Shearin
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...more
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...more
A Full Bookshelf
I'm still not quite sure what to give this book, somewhere between 2-3 stars.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

I really loved the overall idea of having a teen reality show. This novel was less about the reality show and more about the personal lives of the main characters. I found the main characters to be likeable enough, but not extremely easy to relate to(seeing as how they are famous). I also had a hard time relating to the characters because of their Christianity. It wasn't the reli...more
Jill Williamson
Chad Beacon isn’t your average Hollywood heartthrob. Sure, he won the show America’s Next Star, but as he and his parents negotiate his next big contract, a teen skit show that’s similar to Saturday Night Live, his parents want to make sure that his co-star shares his faith. The compromise? A family friend—and a great judge of character—volunteers to play housemother to the top ten finalists, and she will choose Chad’s co-star.

Kara wants to be an actor, so when she gets a callback to audition fo...more
Karla (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...more
Rambling Readers
I am often compelled to try young adult fiction, especially when the plots seem to offer fun and faith. Starring Me, Krista McGee's follow-up to First Date, offers both qualities. It is a quick read with a positive message for teens. Many of the young characters in the novel have or aspire to high-profile lifestyles. Although most teens aren't vying for a spot on a tv show or mingling with the President's children, the emotions and circumstances that the main characters experience are very relev...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Wanted to enjoy this one because the concept is a lot of fun, but I find Krista McGee's writing so freaking preachy. I honestly couldn't get past the first chapter where Chad's parents acted like he wouldn't be able to keep it in his pants if his female co-host wasn't a Christian and/or that any girl who might not be a Christian would obviously be an evil seducer.

Also within the first chapter: Chad's parents get a phone call from someone (Chad's aunt?) and she's freaking out because she just ran...more
Eustacia Tan
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...more

4.5 STARS!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson who provided me with a e-galley.
Starring Me is a fun, refreshing read about a girl as feisty as her red hair, a cute boy and the chance of a lifetime. This story is loosely based on the biblical story of Issac and Rebekah and is a companion novel to McGee's debut, First Date, (where we first meet Kara).

Kara McCormick was born to perform and while she didn't win the boy on The Book of Love, she c...more
My most recent selection from Book Sneeze is Starring Me, a fictional young adult novel written by Krista McKee. This book is the follow up to First Date, although each is its own unique story. The characters cross over, but Starring Me is its own story.

Kara is a young, hopeful, wanna be actress who is selected to be one of 10 girls to "audition" for a variety show. The exact details of the show, including the costar, are kept secret from the girls trying out.

The exact details revolve around Ch...more
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"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.”
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