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Inspirational fiction superstar Kingsbury considers the cost of fame in her new novel, which puts under the microscope the singing competitions that fill television airwaves. Zack Dylan wants to save his family's Kentucky horse farm and sing for Jesus; competing on Fifteen Minutes seems like the answer, but he must leave his family and girlfriend Reese behind. Zack quickly learns that the price of success may be more than he anticipates. He's romantically linked with fellow contestant Zoey Davis, asked to eliminate references to his faith, and sing songs that contradict what he believes. But straight talk from judge Chandra Olson, who paid a steep price for her fame, and hard words from his girlfriend Reese begin to open his eyes. What will fame cost him? Will the price be too high? Can he ever go back? Kingsbury wrings much emotion out of her tale that is sure to cause tears and also force readers to consider their own parts in elevating entertainers into the impossible stature of idols. Agent: Rick Christian, Alive Communications. (Oct.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What is the cost of fame? Megastar Chandra Olson would say “everything.” When she agrees to be a celebrity judge on the singing competition show Fifteen Minutes, she hopes to use her appearance to warn would-be stars about the consequences of celebrity. Zack Dylan is firm in his faith, his relationship with his college girlfriend, and his future. When the opportunity to be on Fifteen Minutes comes his way, he leaps on it, reasoning that it will be a platform to share his belief in God. But as Chandra warned, temptation strikes quickly. Will Zack be able to stand strong? Readers will especially relate to his family back home in Kentucky, as they worry over his changes and cope with their own complicated lives. Best-selling author Kingsbury (The Chance, 2013) drives straight to the heart of her characters as always in this excellent tale of desire and faith, digging beneath the surface of her plot to fuel an emotionally driven story set within the exciting world of reality TV. --Carolyn Richard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442361514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442361515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I couldn't get past the first two chapters. I thought, here we go again. It's all about fame and fortune and it seems like a repeat of earlier books that I didn't enjoy. What a shame that an author as talented should waste this much time on a worthless subject. Maybe someone is getting good out of this type. There are a lot of choices out there in Christian fiction. I will be reading other books. Sorry
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The last several books starting with the actor son in the Baxters and then the above the line series it has all become fame and fortune with Karen. This book is almost a rewrite of what Brandon went through in the Bailey series. I loved Karen's book in the beginning and wish she would get back to that way of writing. Real life issues. Not fame and fortune. It is like the fame has went to Karen's head and that's all she knows now. I want books that will inspire me. Give me hope. I know that some knight in shining armor that is rich and famous is going to come and rescue me from all the financial problems I have had lately unless Karen wants to do what she writes about and come rescue me. Please Karen come back to earth and write your down to earth life changing novels not things that are out of reach for the people who read your books that struggle every day.
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Zack Dylan can sing and sing well. When he seizes an opportunity to audition for the hit show, Fifteen Minutes, he takes it. He is determined that he can win and save his family's horse farm. Despite misgivings from those who love him - his family and girlfriend - they do offer him their support. Zack is determined to live out his Christian faith in front of the cameras. But when the producers keep trying to push him towards another contestant and to silence his outspokenness of his faith, will he let it happen? Will a taste of fame cause him to lose sight of who he is?

What can I say about this book? True to classic Karen Kingsbury style, she has written a story that will engross her readers. But like her last several books, this one also deals with fame and fortune. I miss the days when she would write stories that had me in tears. Stories that changed lives. I'm not saying that for some people that this book may be life-changing. I'm saying that for me, the story seemed the same as several of her other books. Just change the names and the settings.

Things I liked about this book -
1. The realness of Chandra, one of the judges.
2. Seeing one of the other judges, Kelly, realize the direction her life was taking.
3. Reese - Zack's girlfriend.

Things I didn't like about this book -
1. That Zack found the little things ok to compromise on. For me it made him seem like he was conforming.
2. The entire storyline of seeking fame. Yeah that didn't sit well with me. It seems that she's been so focused in her last several books in talking about the Hollywood lifestyle that I feel she's lost a connection with her readers.
3. I'm not a fan of the singing shows, so I don't know if this really happens or not.
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If I had never read one of Karen Kingsbury's books, I would have rated Fifteen Minutes 4 stars. But I have and it's getting 3 stars because she's been writing a lot of books lately about the pitfalls of fame. Don't get me wrong, she's a great writer, I'm just ready for a different plot.
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I've been very critical of Kingsbury's most recent books, but I thought she did a good job on this one. Although few of us have to face the exact choices that Zack Dylan does, we all must make decisions that may lead us closer to or further away from God. And we're all pretty good at talking ourselves into things that deep down we know aren't good for us. So in that sense, the central conflict of this book rang true.

Beyond that, I really liked several other things. The subplot of Kelly Morgan finding her way back to her true self was moving. I thought the Chandra Olson story was powerful and compelling. And--good for Reese at the end. Karen could have gone for the quick resolution, and she resisted it. Nicely done.

A couple of things were less effective. First, the early part of the story beat us over the head with the conflict: Zack's family and girlfriend were seriously worried about his plans. He kept insisting nothing would change him. You knew all along that it would. It was just a bit too obvious. Instead, Zack could have been developed more as a character: Why he loved singing, why he wanted to pursue it, other than his family needing money. I also felt that his motives--to help his financially struggling family--seemed real and even noble, and they weren't addressed with particular sympathy. If he was really one who would be so easily seduced by fame, this should have been made clearer in the beginning of the story. If he wasn't, then his rapid fall seems unlikely. This was a disconnect in the drawing of the main character.

Second, Zack's "inability" to keep in contact with Reese seemed unrealistic.
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