"Fifteen Minutes" is Karen Kingsbury's latest novel, published by Howard Books and set to release on October 29, 2013. This book, not so surprisingly, continues her seeming tradition of having one famous person in love with one 'normal' person.
Zack Dylan is from a family that has built its name off of their Kentucky Derby horses farm. The family and farm are going through some financial crisis, and Zack decides it's time to put his God-given singing talent to use by auditioning for "Fifteen Minutes", a singing competition similar to American Idol or X factor. His girlfriend, Reese, does not really want him to go, but supports him anyway. Zack pledges that he will remain faithful and sing for the glory of God, but as soon as he sees a camera, he gets swept up in playing the camera for fame. Mrs. Kingsbury keeps up with the times; Zack tweets about his decision and resulting occurrences because of it, and all the technology seemed up-to-date, at least from my perspective.
One of the judges on the show was a former contestant, and she struggles with the results of her fame, and the desire to warn the new contestants about it. Another one of the judges is trying to go through a divorce because she's cheating on her husband with a singer a decade younger. The life of fame is painted so harsh, making a stark contrast to how easy it seemed that Zack became famous.
Somehow though, it all just seemed fake. While it offered a thoughtful perspective to singing and TV shows in general, "Fifteen Minutes" did not hold my attention very far. The plot was predictable and unrealistic, and the characters almost shallow.
Thank you to Howard Books and Net Galley for providing me with an advanced reader's [e]copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.