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Fifteen Minutes: A Novel

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,655 ratings  ·  384 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, known for her signature mix of melodrama, formula, and genuine emotional punch; (Publishers Weekly), a dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.

Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he'll do whatever it takes to make it come
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Howard Books
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Cafelilybookreviews
For those of us who remember "cutting our teeth" so to speak on Karen's first books, there is a glaring difference between the quality of her writing, then and now.

I remember the days of Shades of Blue - Oceans Apart - Like Dandelion Dust. THOSE were Karen Kingsbury novels. Fans of the Baxter series? We all fell in love with Kari, Landon, Ashley, Luke (just to name a few!).

*Rabbit trail.....why hasn't Hallmark picked upon this series yet? Wouldn't this be a great television series similar to wha
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Katee
Quick, easy read. Karen Kingsbury's books are becoming increasingly formulaic in both style and theme. There is much over the top sappiness and the reader can tell that reality is not like a book. However, this book reads very quickly. Very similar to American Idol, The Voice, or the X Factor. I was upset that the main character Zack didn't have more backbone, but the book had an overarching theme that compromise is strong in the public arena. However, the plot and characters were too simple.
Dawn
Zack Dylan can sing and sing well. When he seizes an opportunity to audition for the hit show, Fifteen Minutes, he takes it. He is determined that he can win and save his family's horse farm. Despite misgivings from those who love him - his family and girlfriend - they do offer him their support. Zack is determined to live out his Christian faith in front of the cameras. But when the producers keep trying to push him towards another contestant and to silence his outspokenness of his faith, will ...more
Connie
This is my first attempt at a Karen Kingsbury novel. I have to admit, that I've been so confident that I would absolutely love her that I have purchased over a half dozen of her novels in the past when I've seen them on sale. I was thrilled to be picked to receive an ARC of this one to review.

I have read some Christian fiction in the past. I admit, it's not my usual genre, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a great book. I have given a few my highest ratings in reviews, which I admit I am so
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Carol Nicolas
Zack Dylan is a talented singer and songwriter who promises that nothing can change his devotion to God, family, and his girlfriend. But when he leaves his home on a Kentucky horse farm to compete on the reality TV show Fifteen Minutes, he has no idea how hard it will be to keep that promise. The tentacles of fame and success slowly wrap around him, trap him, and squeeze the life out of him until Zack faces personal disaster. His one champion is Chandra Olson, a diva pop star who is one of the s ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
With likable characters and heart-tugging scenes, Karen Kingsbury latest novel is sure to garner her new fans! I will admit that I have watched many a season of "American Idol" and Kingsbury does a great job at catching the excitement of such a show in her fictional "Fifteen Minutes" reality t.v. seires. Her writing brings the scenes to life such that I could perfectly picture the contestants and particularly Zack Dylan as he makes his way through the rounds of the competition. My heart was poun ...more
Beckie
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Shae
"Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they ha
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Sarita
I am a huge Karen Kingsbury fan. Only a few of her books I still need to read.

Fifteen minutes was again one of her well written books. The main character Zack, has a strong relationship with God and feels he should participate in 15 minutes, a singing competition, and strongly believes he will be able to shine his light to the world and be a testimony for God. He left his girlfriend, Reese behind. But then Zack is faced with some difficult decisions.

I liked the story line. How often are we face
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Gail Welborn
***a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all***

Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury, the author Time Magazine dubbed "Queen of Christian fiction" exposes the high cost of fame when star-studded dreams become reality. The drama is set amidst the glamour, glitter and glitz of Fifteen Minutes of Fame, a show patterned after American Idol 2014 and "X Factor" 2013 Although elusive temptations may lead to fame they also lead to serious compromise, one seemingly small request at a
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Carolyn
As published on my blog:
Hey, Folks!
I just concluded "Fifteen Minutes," the outstanding new work of fiction written by Karen Kingsbury, which was released late last month. As is often the case with this blog, Howard Books graciously provided me with a copy through www.netgalley.com, which is why you all get to see this review. As always, honesty is my policy.
I was excited to add my two cents about this title because it combines two of my favorite things: faith in Jesus and country music. The s
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Gabrielle
I love Karen Kingsbury. I always will. There is just something about these books that I inordinately gravitate towards. And I always try to read each of her new releases before too much time elapses.

The story of Zach Dylan is one that is easily pictured. Reading it right around the time that a popular singing competition show is about to air makes the story of Fifteen Minutes all the more real. I found myself putting in names of actual judges and hosts, etc. Perhaps that is a downside--the plo
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Beth Strand
“Fifteen Minutes” Explores the Real Cost of Fame
Zack Dylan can sing. He’s known it all his life and all his life he’s been content to make music for God and family. Now, the stakes have changed. His family is on the brink of losing the farm that’s been in the family for generations and Zack believes that using his talent to win the popular singing show, “15 Minutes” will solve all his problems. Chandra Olson is coming back to judge “15 Minutes” the show that made her a star…and stardom cost her
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Lois
Meh. I used to get enthralled with a Karen Kingsbury novel. The plots and characters were believable, and I would be drawn in to their world for the few hours that I couldn't put the book down. I didn't read her last series because they were all about seeking fame and fortune. This one was independent (an apparent stand-alone title) so I read it for literary dessert, since I've been doing some heavy reading lately.

I've never watched American Idol, but this title seems to be a take-off on that co
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Khamneithang Vaiphei
How do you handle your faith if it clashes with your ambition, or for that matter, if your ambition clashes with your faith? New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury seems to be posing this big question in her latest offering Fifteen Minutes, which takes a hard look at pop culture and its inherent physical and spiritual perils.

Zach Dylan is a young man with many loves in his life: his Christian faith, his family, his girlfriend Reese, his farm, his horses, and country music. He's leadin
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For anyone with a music talent, all they are longing for is just their 15 minutes of fame. A chance to prove to the world and themselves that they truly possess a talent that could possibly launch them into being the next big thing. That is just what Zack Dylan, a talented country music singer with the looks of Elvis, hopes to prove by auditioning for Fifteen Minutes, a music show much like The Voice or American Idol that could offer Zack the brass ring to fame. Believing that he does have what ...more
Sally
I have been reading Karen Kingsbury since she began writing and I keep thinking I've "outgrown" her books. I think they are great for young adult women as well as young girls. However, having said that I don't seem to stop wanting to read them. They are sappy and sentimental, yet I can't stay away. I guess I really like them deep down, even though I don't consider myself sentimental and I'm definitely not in the "young" age category any more.

This book is no exception. I think since Karen's daug
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Nikolia
I've read almost all of Karen Kingsbury's books and this was such a huge disappointment. The writing was terrible, I can't deal with the "cliffhanger" sentences anymore, and I didn't connect with any of the characters. One thing I did like about this book was that it didn't end like I expected it to.

Kingsbury's books used to leave me in tears and enhance my relationship with God, but this book just seemed shallow - including the way the characters' faith is described. There was even a line that
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Kelly Derse
"Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they ha
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Alanna
I found this book to be an amazing book, I could not put it down at all. The main character in this book is Zack Dylan, he is a country boy who was born and raised in a small town in Kentucky. Zack's grandfathers horse farm was in danger as well as his sister was sick Zack loved this place so much that he thought he would save it, he also wanted to make his sister better. In order for Zack to do that he took his voice and singing abilities to an advantage and did what he thought was right Zack w ...more
Sue
What is it really like to be on a singing competition TV show like American Idol? That is the question Kingsbury tackles in this Christian novel. Zack Dylan, who lives with his family on a horse farm in Kentucky and has a girlfriend named Reese, auditions for a talent show called Fifteen Minutes, thinking he can use his music to give glory to God and raise money to help his parents save their financially troubled farm. But he quickly gets caught up in the constant glare of the cameras and the lo ...more
Jennifer Thompson-thalasinos
Zach Dylan is a singer-songwriter who is trying to save his family's horse ranch and his sister's mounting medical bills. He decides to enter the singing contest Fifteen Minutes, which is like American Idol to hopefully win the money. A Christian with a girl at home he isn't prepared for the manipulative world of reality TV. Chandra is a former winner who lost everything that mattered to her including her faith who is now returning as a judge and hoping to influence the contestants to reach for ...more
Jennifer
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Jodi
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Cindi
Great book on the perils of fame. Based on the premises of American Idol, The Voice and other talent showcases, Fifteen Minutes features the very hot but very Christian Zack who goes after the competition to bring in money to save his family's horse farm and to bring glory to Jesus. The producers see ratings in his Elvis-like voice and charisma but decide a single Zack, not one engaged to his sweetheart, Reese, would be better for ratings. Ouch! I will never look at one of my fav shows, The Voic ...more
Paula  Phillips

Do you enjoy reading contemporary Christian Fiction ? What about books based on reality TV Shows like American Idol type thing ? One of my favourite Christian authors is Karen Kingsbury and she has written a book titled "Fifteen Minutes" which is a based on an American Idol type show called "Fifteen Minutes" where one lucky contestant will have the chance to become a Singing Superstar. One of the contestants is Christian Worship Singer Leader Zack Dylan. He is your typical Southern Christian Gen
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Kathy
Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show, Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.

Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and
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Dana
This is incredibly the 45th book I've read by Karen Kingsbury! This is by far the most books I've read by any one author. I had kind of 'burned out' of reading her books and I'm glad I'm over that!

"Fifteen Minutes" is based on a fictional reality singing show kind of like "The Voice." Zach Dylan has strong faith, a wonderful girlfriend, good looks and a great voice. However, his family farm is struggling and he thinks he can win the money he needs to save it by winning this season's "Fifteen Min
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Jackie
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Megan S
Jun 25, 2014 Megan S rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen has a true love for her readers, and she has nearly 1
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“God doesn’t measure big the way people measure big. Jesus had just twelve followers.” He blinked a few times. “Fame is a demanding mistress.” 5 likes
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