Item description for Fame (Firstborn Series-Baxter 2, Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury...
Overview As Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews searches for meaning in his life, Katy Hart makes her way as director of the Bloomington, Indiana, Christian Kids Theater. New families and situations will be introduced, but Dayne's search will stand at the center.
Publishers Description Karen Kingsbury brings readers a new series that picks up where the Redemption series left off. The Firstborn series focuses on the surprise new member of the Baxter family: Dayne Matthews. As Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews searches for meaning in his life, Jamie Hart makes her way as director of the Bloomington, Indiana, Christian Kids Theater. New families and situations will be introduced, but Dayne's search will stand at the center.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Walker Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.21 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher GALE GROUP
Edition Large Type
Series 1st Born
Series Number 1
ISBN 1594151148 ISBN13 9781594151149
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 60 works of fiction and nonfiction with nearly 25 million copies in print. Widely considered America's favorite inspirational novelist, she is best known for drawing unforgettable characters and stories which evoke a range of emotions. Karen reaches over 100,000 women annually through national speaking appearances. She and her husband, Don, currently reside in Nashville, TN.
Karen Kingsbury currently resides in Fairfax, in the state of Virginia. Karen Kingsbury was born in 1963.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Fame (Firstborn Series-Baxter 2, Book 1)?
AMAZING GRACE!!!! Sep 2, 2008
Well, first of all, if you haven't read the Redemption Series....go back and read them first!!! Then read all of these and then move on to the Sunset Series!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!! I have never read so fast in my life!!! The stories are beautiful and moving...also tragic and hopeful!! They all take you through all of these emotions on a journey that leads you to a stronger faith!!!!! A Faith that takes your breath away!
I can only say you won't want to put them down!!! Happy Reading!!
HORRIBLE writing and sterotypical characters Mar 8, 2008
I am always shocked at how Karen Kingsbury receives such high reviews... but I am most shocked that her writing actually makes it to publication. This is BAD writing. It is objectively bad writing; it's the kind of writing any freshman comp teacher would scribble all over. This book is speckled with lines like "She did a shrug" (as opposed to "she shrugged"), and another of her books says "she made a low breathy noise" (as opposed to "she sighed")
This book is about Hollywood, it's about the movie industry and movie stars, and it reads like the author has done research by reading "US Weekly" and "Tiger Beat" and now feels like she can paint an accurate picture of what it must be like to be a movie star. If you want to suspend intelligent thinking and read for an escape from reality (and common sense, and believable characters) then this sure is the book for you!
I read this book about a month ago, but these are a few of the things I had a problem with:
-the dozens of references to "there was a sparkle in her eyes"-- which, of course, is supposed to be the light of Jesus! and "He looked into her soul!" and "she felt it in that quiet place in her heart" I promise, non-Christians don't look at Christians and think "There's something different about his eyes... the way they sparkle"
-the idea that A-list movie stars spend all their time by themselves, consumed with tabloids and never going out
-the idea that if Katie reaaalllly was passionate about acting... you act for the love of the craft, it's what drives you. Katie never says anything about loving to act. She is driven by fear ("What if I move to Hollywood? OH NO! There will be drugs and paparazzi!!"), when, if God is on her side, wouldn't she be able to avoid temptations? Furthermore, does she not realize the good she could do as a Christian in the limelight? How many people she could minister to? What a good role model she could be? No. She just runs home to Bloomington, where it is safe. (that might be a spoiler, but it's nothing a 9-year-old wouldn't have been able to figure out was going to happen after the first chapter)
-this is a romantic comedy that Katie is slated to star in with this 'leading man!' and she says there is nothing objectionable in it at all! riiiight... how many modern, box-office hit, romantic comedies have no swearing, no making out, and no pre-marital sex?
-actors do not hand-pick their co-stars. there are casting directors and panels
-A-list stars do not come in for auditions; they are offered the parts, begged to do the movies. no one turns them down.
-when it comes to the contract, Katie would have a lawyer and the contract/business side would not go through her potential co-star. are you kidding me?!
mostly, the writing is really, really, really bad. To the point that there are sentences that are just plain gramatically incorrect. The characters are all stereotypes (Sweet, quiet midwestern Christian girl who always does the right thing. Go Team Jesus!) and are not at all developed. Karen Kingsbury just writes about things she has no knowledge of, but she likes to imagine how they are... thus, her stories are based on stereotypes, misconceptions, and ignorance.
My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. Her writing is breathtaking, and her characters are so developed that reading about their heartaches makes your own chest tighten, and her storylines are complex, non-formulaic, and not predictable. My Sister's Keeper is my favorite book by her. There is zero comparison between authors like Picoult and Janet Finch (White Oleander) and Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep) and Karen Kingsbury.
I can't say enough what a bad writer Karen Kingsbury is. She writes series because that's where the money is, and she is in the Christian market, because there's no way her writing would cut it mainstream. I've read two and a half of her books (I couldn't get through the last one because the poor quality of writing always puts me in a bad mood), and in the world of literature, they're complete jokes
It was so good to read her works Nov 8, 2007
I bought this book by chance. When I started reading I could not put it down. Karen has the great talent in narrating to make me see clear picture as I was in the scene with the charactors. For example I cried when Ashley made herself a cup of tea and made another one for her mom wishing she was there with her. It totally captured my heart I also lost my mom and what Ashley thought made me surprised ,it seemed real to me. I stay in Bangkok , Thailand , here I cannot find Karen Kingsbury works even in big bookstores so I ordered redemption series and first born series from this site.com. Thank you, without you I wouldn't have a chance to read such wonderful books.
awesome book Oct 12, 2007
I just loved the Redemption series and this first book in the Firstborn series looks like it's going to be great as well. I recommend starting with the Redemption books and moving on to this one!
Fame Jun 15, 2007
Good clean reading. Makes you want to go on to the next one right away.