This book brings home the realities of the "reality TV" world!! I believe it also shows how difficult it is to be a true Christian in the "reality TV" world, and I applaud Karen Kingsbury for showing the REALness of the "reality TV" lifestyle.
November 15, 2013
Die-hard Karen Kingsbury fans are going to be thrilled with this newest offering. Karen is such a prolific and talented writer. It is hard to imagine how one could write so many stories without becoming formula driven. So far Karen has managed to escape that trap.
In Fifteen Minutes the search for fame and fortune is what Zack Dylan is after. Zack is a young man devoted to God, his family and his fiancÃÂ©. He is convinced that he can help them all by trying out and winning Fifteen Minutes, the reality TV singing competition. Before he really knows what is happening he finds himself compromising time and time again.
The true costs to obtaining and maintaining fame are addressed in this well-written book. The stories of Kelly and Chandra give us a glimpse of the price of fame. It takes a toll on every aspect of their lives. The voice of God has become silent, their families are destroyed, and the contentment they thought they would find with having it all is elusive.
Fifteen Minutes gives a great fictionalized account of reality TV and those unsuspecting individuals who clamor to become a part of it. It will make you think differently as you watch your favorite show each week. I think you will begin to picture the contestants as real people with real lives. For that we can all benefit from the reading of this book.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
October 29, 2013
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a dramatic story about fame, true love, and the cost of having it all.
Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his familyÃ¢ÂÂs horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame wonÃ¢ÂÂt change him.
Overnight, Zack is the nationÃ¢ÂÂs 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. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as heÃ¢ÂÂs 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 had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to ReeseÃ¢ÂÂone that will take her to a home halfway around the world.
Then Chandra OlsonÃ¢ÂÂreigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judgesÃ¢ÂÂintervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.
Can ChandraÃ¢ÂÂs private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?
I would rather be a nobody loved by somebody, than a somebody that nobody loves. Fame comes at a price, and the price of admission may be higher than you're willing to pay. Zack discovers that having it all doesn't mean happiness, and that the dreams in life mean nothing when you no longer have anyone to share it with. Zack is driven to win, but when the pressure mounts, can he stay strong against all the temptations the world has to offer?
Something that struck me about this novel, is that Kingsbury manages to write a story about a hometown boy turned famous that pulled at my heartstrings. She made me see Zack's side of the tale; his struggles, his triumphs, his sorrows and his victories. Every chapter brought me closer an closer to the climax, and I stayed up all night anticipating the final throes of the death of either the old Zack or the new. A must read that demands to be noticed, Kingsbury gives us the picture of the price of fame, and the cost of standing up and for what is right.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
October 28, 2013
This lesson truly can change your life!
This story of Fifteen Minutes begins on a stately yet struggling Southern farm where Zach Dylan was raised. This was a place where fine Arabian horses ran in lush pastures, where God was praised every day even when money was tight, and where the loving family knew its share of trouble and heartache yet still knew how to enjoy a sunrise on the front porch.
This is the world Zach wants to leave and wants to keep all at the same time. In an attempt to rescue this place and help his family by becoming a famous singer, he will risk losing it all to the powerful vortex of fame and its influences.
As Glen Campbell sang in the '60s, a country boy has his feet in L.A. and his mind on Tennessee.
Zach is that country boy, with a heart full of love for God and lips that speak the name of Jesus as his Savior. He has full intentions of changing the world, not letting it change him.
Unfaithfulness to his convictions or to his girlfriend never even entered his mind as a possibility.
Yet being a celebrity changes things, at the speed of fame.
How do you tone down your faith on demand and pretend love on stage for the cameras without it messing up your head and busting you up inside?
Like my review buddy said, Fifteen Minutes is a story of Relentless Grace and second chances.
I can warn you that you will probably be on pins and needles as you read... concerned for Zach just like his Grandpa Dan was, wondering if Zach can undo what he's done when he isn't even sure how all this madness happened. It is thoughtful, suspenseful reading.
Rest assured, Karen Kingsbury has crafted a very fine ending to this tale. I can't say more than that.
Thank you Howard Books for my review copy.
October 26, 2013