Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

I'm not a huge reader of fiction.  But I do enjoy fiction that is easily readable, interesting and has some sort of higher message.  All three of these requirements are met in the book, Grace Unplugged, by Melody Carlson.  This book follows the very talented, eighteen year old Grace Trey, as she moves from rebellious daughter of a former "one hit wonder" star, through her meteoric rise to fame, and then to her return to the beliefs that formed her.  Along the way, we get a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of fame and how Grace has to decide whether to be a commodity or a child of God.

Several themes make this book well worth the read.  First, we see the struggle of a girl reaching adulthood and making the difficult break from her parents.  We also see how someone deals with the tension between being true to themselves and the facade society tells them they have to wear in order to be successful.  But the most important theme presented is trusting God.  We see in several characters how the choice to trust God can be a difficult one, but that in the end, no one can trust God too much.

I recommend this book mainly for girls ages 13-21, but it could be interesting to someone of any age who wants to see these themes played out in narrative form.

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