Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Izzy's Popstar Plan by Alex Marestaing

I'm so torn over this book.  As far as the devotions go, it's wonderful.  This book is geared for girls 9-12 years old.  I have granddaughters that age--which is why I asked to review the book for BookSneeze.  But as far as the story line goes, it makes me afraid to share the book with them.  The book reads like a blog and is the story of Izzy Baxter, a 14-year-old girl on her way to stardom in the Pop Star Challenge (a contest like American Idol).  That's the reason I'm divided on what kind of review to give.  I hate promoting the whole stardom idea---even though Izzy does learn that it's more important to serve God than to be famous.  Izzy learns some tough lessons through the death of her mom, the betrayal of her friends, the disappearance of her friend, Ms. Adelina and some hard choices she had to make.  I also didn't like the fact that Izzy has a love interest at such a young age.  The book did have an original ending--encouraging the reader to go online to view Izzy's website which includes videos.

I guess it's the world our 9-12 year olds live in.  They're surrounded by Hannah Montana, Justin Bieber and other young stars.  I appreciate that the author at least used the story line to direct these young girls to God.  The devotions were right on target.  I'm just undecided whether my granddaughters will get to read the book.  I don't want to encourage the whole Pop Star attitude.

Thank you to BookSneeze  for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I agree with you Becky. As a former middle school teacher, I think we need to steer away from encouraging any pop star 'dreams' with our kids. It's just too fragile of a place to take them...