Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury

Zack Dylan has a talent for singing.  When he leaves his girlfriend and his family's farm for the singing competition show Fifteen Minutes he promises to not let it change him or his faith in God.  Overnight Zack becomes a sensation, the show's most popular contestant.  But, they want him to quiet his talks of God and Christianity as well trying to pair him up with the cute little blonde cheerleader contestant.

Struggling with their faith are the judges.  We don't really get insight into the male judge, but we do get to know the two female judges.  One is a former winner of Fifteen Minutes who she wishes she had never tried out for the show.  She wants to look out for people like Zack and help them stay true to who they are.  The other female judge is a famous celebrity who grew up in a Christian home but turned away from it for fame.

The only interaction I've ever had with shows like these is watching them on TV, but I didn't like how Kingsbury made them seem like the devil.  It is instant fame and it can change people.  Yeah, they most likely want Christian contestants to quiet their talks on God.  That's Hollywood for you, unfortunately.  But, there have been Christian contestants who come out as Christian artists and I don't see them compromising their faith.  I don't think the industry is quite as evil as it is made out in this book.

I read this book as a review request from using Adobe Digital on my laptop.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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