McGee’s second novel is as endearing as the first. Strong family values, with a realistic exploration of belief in God, will captivate both adult and teen readers. The plot element of a reality TV competition makes it fun and relevant.
Kara McCormick wants nothing more than to act. When she receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to audition for a teen variety show with a super-secret male co-star — singing sensation Chad Beacon — she is skeptical but decides to try. What Kara doesn’t know is that Chad’s parents have set up these auditions to discover a talented girl who also shares their values. Kara isn’t a Christian, but she becomes more and more open to hearing about it. Is Kara right for the part and for Chad? (THOMAS NELSON, Jul., 336 pp., $9.99)