Title: Hello Stars! Lena in the Spotlight
# Pages: 176
Rating: 4 stars
Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster.
With her little sisters—Ansley, Ashton, and Amber—and her mischievous pup, Austin, constantly at her side, Lena must face the challenges of everyday life while chasing her dreams of being a model and actress on the big screen. Lena tackles tough choices, learns the value of perseverance, and keeps her hopes high. She knows her faith and family will keep her feet on the ground and her eyes on the stars.
Lena is your typical 12 year old girl, filled with big dreams and conflicting emotions. She might have instantaneous reactions but always falls back on her faith. The story is mixed with narration and letters to the “Stars,” which are journal entries from Lena containing her thoughts and prayers to God.
I was skeptical at first, concerned that all of her prayers would be directed toward God helping her simply “get what she wants.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that her prayers were a mixture of helping her achieve her desires while also helping her develop characteristics many parents hope their children achieve: persistence, patience, and courage.
The dialogue is realistic and avoids many of the inflammatory words often found in young adult literature today. (While this book is intended for a younger audience, more and more poor language is seeping in to juvenile literature as well.)
Lena’s journey isn’t easy or straightforward–readers will appreciate being on this ride with her as she finds herself amidst the chaos of becoming a Star.
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.