Izzy's Pop Star Plan
Author: Alex Marestaing
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: music, YA, middle school
Borders recommends this book for readers age: 9 - 12 years
Grade: 4 - 7
Source: Provided by the publisher through Book Sneeze (complimentary copy provided for an honest and unbiased review)
Available on Amazon
Synopsis: " Izzy Baxter has big plans--pop star plans. Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel, this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure.
Izzy Baxter has big plans-popstar plans.
Ever since she was six, she's dreamed of becoming the world's next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she's been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is "way cooler" than megastar fame.
Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel-this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they'll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God."
My thoughts: Izzy's Popstar Plan reads like a novel in a blog format, which I think, will have definite appeal for girls 11-15. Izzy loves music and is a talented songwriter, guitarist and singer. She gets the opportunity to try out for International Pop Star Challenge, a reality show much like American Idol, and she makes it as a contestant. This book follows Izzy's journey around the world as she participates in the various challenges set out for her by the show. But these aren't the only challenges Izzy is faced with and she must make some very important decisions that will not only impact her career and her life, but the lives of others as well.
Izzy's Popstar Plan is Christian fiction for youth. Most blog entries include a verse from the bible and heartfelt comments by Izzy as they pertain to the day, the competition, her personal life and the young woman she is growing to become. To see her growth and the support she has from friends and family through all of this is heart warming. Even when Izzy realizes she is physically alone, she remembers she is never really alone. Her relationship with God helps her to stay strong despite all that she is faced with in the world of a pop star.
I really enjoyed this light read and know this book will find appeal with many girls of the younger generation. There are good lessons within that Izzy shares as she makes discoveries about herself and her faith but it never comes across as preachy. The website is well designed and interactive with the book. You can watch videos online (vlogs) that correspond with entries in the novel. A definite plus!
PS There is a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of Izzy's Pop Star Plan. See the second book titled Izzy's Pop Star Plan: The Album for more of Izzy's pop star adventures (not yet available)