Friday, February 25, 2011

Izzy's Pop Star Plan by Alex Marestaing

In this devotional novel, Izzy Baxter is following her dream of becoming a singer by auditioning for International Pop Star Challenge, which is much like American Idol. Traveling around the world, singing and dealing with fame proves to be more difficult for Izzy than she expected, especially when society pressures her to compromise her standards.

Set up in blog form, each page includes a blog entry by Izzy, a nightly prayer, questions for the reader to ponder and to answer, and then comments from Izzy’s friends and family. The style of the book, a novel with spiritual questions to spark thought and prayer for preteens is fun and isn’t preachy. (Most teens are weary of lecturing or “preaching” books.) The topics of peer pressure and disobeying parents are relevant and handled through scripture. The comment section also helps provide the voice of reason when Izzy drifts off course.

Izzy is a typical teen, and readers will be able to relate to her and to her struggles. She finds herself disobeying her father to spend more time with a fellow contestant, a handsome young man she has feelings for. Then she struggles with finding herself and staying true to her humble Christian foundation. By the end of the book, Izzy finds out who she is in Christ and how to share Him with others.

I recommend this book for preteens who are beginning their walk with Christ. The book has excellent thoughts for living a daily Christian walk. It may be a little light for older teens who are ready to delve into deeper theological topics.

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