Fifteen Minutes

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Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
Reviewed by Kristin Cilente
Fiction Addict Blog Tours
Genre: Drama
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub Date: October 29, 2013
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Karen Kingsbury’s new book asks the question: What Would You Sacrifice For Fame?
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(Synopsis from Amazon.com)
Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.
Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.
Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.
Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?

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When I was given the opportunity to review the book Fifteen Minutes, I was intrigued by its subject content. The book synopsis hit very close to home. Growing up, I was heavily involved in the performing arts. I competed in a dance troupe from age 5 to 16 years old, followed by nine years of random opportunities in acting, singing, modeling, and interviewing others. I truly loved the craft of being on stage/camera and I had a mind set that my worth would be made through the “American Idol” dream. I thought it was the only way to become a “somebody” but nothing filled me. It was never enough.

Just a few years later I accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord over my life. He changed me in ways no one and nothing else could. The lust to be famous (even posting pictures of myself via social media) was completely removed and replaced with a reserved discretion. The need to be the center of attention faded. I saw things clearly. As bland as it may sound to someone who doesn’t know the awesomeness of Jesus intimately, I realized who mattered… and it wasn’t me. I mattered to GOD and being in the spotlight was not His will for me. He wanted all of me, He wanted to love me, He wanted to make everything right, and He gave me a new life. I soon realized with absolute certainty that nothing I do would have any value unless I gave Him the spotlight in my life. It doesn’t mean that He will not use me on a stage or in front of a camera again someday but the intention and motivation will be drastically different. This book reflects these challenges and values.

Zack Dylan, the main character in the story, grew up following Jesus but once he made it onto the show Fifteen Minutes, he quickly learns that fame is like a jail cell that a person cannot escape. It provides a very different life but one that is not in his control. You have to read the story to find out what happens to him, his family, and his girlfriend Reese but it is a story that is hard to put down. As a reader, it is as if you are on the journey with the characters. This is a book that I would read again and again for the storyline, details, characters, and lessons. This is a message our society needs to wake up to.

This is a fiction book used for entertainment, however, in this fame-obsessed, “look at me” culture we live in, people could benefit from a new perspective of how blessed we are to not be “famous” or have “celebrity status.” Our privacy, freedom, and God-given free will are a GIFT.

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Fifteen Minutes is available to purchase from Amazon.com.
Note: I received this book as part of the Fifteen Minutes blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.  Review copy provided by the publisher.
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