From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, known for her “signature mix of melodrama, formula, and genuine emotional punch” (Publishers Weekly), a dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.
Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.
Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?
From America’s favorite inspirational novelist, Fifteen Minutes explores the cost of fame and celebrity set against the backdrop of America’s favorite singing competition.
Inspirational fiction superstar Kingsbury considers the cost of fame in her new novel, which puts under the microscope the singing competitions that fill television airwaves. Zack Dylan wants to save his family's Kentucky horse farm and sing for Jesus; competing on Fifteen Minutes seems like the answer, but he must leave his family and girlfriend Reese behind. Zack quickly learns that the price of success may be more than he anticipates. He's romantically linked with fellow contestant Zoey Davis, asked to eliminate references to his faith, and sing songs that contradict what he believes. But straight talk from judge Chandra Olson, who paid a steep price for her fame, and hard words from his girlfriend Reese begin to open his eyes. What will fame cost him? Will the price be too high? Can he ever go back? Kingsbury wrings much emotion out of her tale that is sure to cause tears and also force readers to consider their own parts in elevating entertainers into the impossible stature of idols.
Is there sequel to this book?
Nice read, but...
While it was refreshing to read about something other than the Baxter family in Bloomington, this book was not all I hoped it would be. The message was loud and clear (and reiterated way too many times) - being famous is a “prison cell,” and you should be content to live a life away from the public spotlight. It was ultimately disappointing and frustrating to read about a character who “loves God more than his next breath,” and yet still fell into every trap and pitfall that fame threw his way. The multiple subplots and perspectives from several characters further weakened the plot to the point of eye-rolling predictability. The end of the book was a huge letdown, as nothing was resolved and the consequences of the main character’s decisions were never fully addressed.
Love Karen Kingsbury books. I felt like this story was a little different then her other novels. I didn't really like the way it leaves you hanging at end. I'm hoping for another book to continue the story. I didn't hate it, but not my favorite.