I don't know about you, but I am kinda excited about this new film coming out, Grace Unplugged, on October 4th. So when I was offered the chance to review the novel I jumped at it! And I know what is coming, but the books are sometimes just as good as the movies. Okay, or the other way around:) But I was pretty impressed with this and can't wait for the movie now.
This book starts out with Grace charging out of church, upset at her father. She feels he is too controlling and doesn't let her live the way she wants. Maybe he doesn't like the way she plays her guitar, but everyone else seems to? And sure it sometimes gets a little loud, or she forgets things, but he doesn't have to jump at her like he does! And I am sure you get the idea. Of course it doesn't help that her father is THE Johnny Trey, only a famous music star who left it all when he got right with the Lord. He taught her almost everything she knows but doesn't want to allow her the freedom she craves. As I am sure we all have felt this at times, Grace has this feeling magnified. Nothing is going right in her life, except for her music. Then a big break happens and the man who made her dad famous agrees to help her along her path to fame. And so comes the big trip to Hollywood and all the pitfalls, traps, and temptation that goes with fame.
I have to admit, I really enjoyed this book, even though I was somewhat skeptical of how it would turn out. Partway through I was expecting Grace, or Gracie as she has come to be known to her fans, to just continue on her path and see where all the fame got her. I felt bad for her father Johnny, but I also saw where she was coming from. The anger was something that is hard to deal with but he also feels frustrated and helpless. Which makes sense later when the pastor urges him to give it to God. At some point Grace has to make her own choices and it is her decision. I thoroughly fell in love with Quentin and his quirky ways. He is the steady anchor in a time when everything around Grace is changing and unsure. The portrayal of temptation and back-biting really makes things seem realistic. Everyone in reality is out for themselves, no matter how much they claim to be there for you. And if they can make a buck, then watch out! Larry was someone I liked too.
So, if you are interested in finding out more about this book, I would also urge you to check out Own It. This is a book that Grace reads while on a bus tour and it has quite the lesson in it. I was sent a copy of this for review as well but I have only been able to skim it so far. But I can tell you I like what I have read. Be sure to check out the trailer for Grace Unplugged below.
Readers, one of you will win the two same books I received for review. That means one copy of Grace Unplugged and one copy of Own It. If you have a teenager in your house, or you know someone with a teenager(don't we all), then please enter this giveaway. It may make a difference in their life. This giveaway will end 10/11. Winner will be chosen through random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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