My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Age Suggestion: 13+
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson follows the story of Grace Trey, the eighteen-year-old daughter of one-hit wonder Johnnie Trey, who is now a worship leader in a church in Alabama. He taught Grace to play piano and guitar, and she dreams of being a rock singer like her idols.
Grace becomes increasingly frustrated with her dad’s tight control over her life now that she is an adult. When an amazing chance comes her dad’s way to get back on the road to fame and he turns it down, Grace sees her chance. She sends a demo video to her dad’s old manager, offering to take her dad’s place.
When she is told she can come to L.A., she jumps on the chance and leaves home without telling her parents. Once there, she is thrown into the world of fame. But it isn’t what she expected, and it doesn’t satisfy her like she thought it would.
This book was a nice, light read (I finished it in a day!). It’s not stunning writing, but it’s not bad either, just what you might expect from a typical Christian novel. I gave it three and a half stars because of the lack of depth; it’s a nice story, but it doesn’t have the plot depth or emotional complexity of many books that I’ve read.
Aside from that, though, this book gripped me from the start. I couldn’t put it down; the characters were well-developed and relatable, and I wanted to see what would happen to them.
I also appreciated that even though there was a good bit of religious content, it didn’t feel forced or in-your-face like Christian books sometimes can. It flowed right with the story and felt natural and satisfying.
Since this book is by a Christian author, there isn’t any blatantly offensive or inappropriate content. That said, the author does deal very realistically with the dangers and temptations of the Hollywood life. She does look at it from a Christian perspective, but I would say the book is best for ages 13 and up because of that.
This was a fun, light read; it kept me interested and connected to the characters. If you’re looking for a good easy read during the school year, try this one out!