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Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper belief Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men).

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Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper belief Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men).

30 review for Grace Unplugged

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    This is a mini ‘Books For Christian Girls’ review. It is not a full content review and will not receive one. These mini-reviews are years old and just for clarity on the rating the book received on Goodreads. 3/6/2014- “Compared to the typically movie based on book, "Grace Unplugged" is a book based on the movie's script. Therefore, they are very similar.” *Main Content- Grace drinks & gets hangover quite a few times; Grace has a bratty attitude for a large part of this book (thinking she k This is a mini ‘Books For Christian Girls’ review. It is not a full content review and will not receive one. These mini-reviews are years old and just for clarity on the rating the book received on Goodreads. 3/6/2014- “Compared to the typically movie based on book, "Grace Unplugged" is a book based on the movie's script. Therefore, they are very similar.” *Main Content- Grace drinks & gets hangover quite a few times; Grace has a bratty attitude for a large part of this book (thinking she knows best); Minor cussing (crap, heck). Grace's dad gives her a purity ring; Kendra gives Grace a set of lingerie and says that a guy will love it; Grace gets told that she looks hot and should use her body since sexy sells; Minor cussing (hot, sexy, sleazy, and skanky).

  2. 4 out of 5

    ElsaMakotoRenge

    I am torn on this book. I like the overall message-that you should have God in charge and not self-but I don't like other things about it... It makes it sound like all secular music is bad, and that more rock-type songs don't belong in church. I COMPLETELY disagree with that. One: The issue was Grace's "all about me" attitude, not the music she was wanting to play at church, in my opinion. Two: As a girl that is a Christian and happily listens to both Christian and secular music, I was a bit off I am torn on this book. I like the overall message-that you should have God in charge and not self-but I don't like other things about it... It makes it sound like all secular music is bad, and that more rock-type songs don't belong in church. I COMPLETELY disagree with that. One: The issue was Grace's "all about me" attitude, not the music she was wanting to play at church, in my opinion. Two: As a girl that is a Christian and happily listens to both Christian and secular music, I was a bit offended at the 'secular music is bad' feel, honestly. Obviously there is an issue with songs supporting one-night stands and the like, but I didn't like the insinuations that seemed to be made about secular music in general. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but...I don't know. Just sharing what I got from it.:) It annoyed me. Also, there are tons of rock and metal bands that are, *snark mode warning* GUESS WHAT, CHRISTIAN. Yeah! Skillet, Petra, Theocracy, Narnia, Extol...You get my point. Why couldn't we have had Grace do TWO songs at church near the end of the book? A softer one AND a more 'rock' style one? Then I would have been happy. Another thing. Grace is quite frankly a little turd and is really stupid during a lot of the story. Like REALLY stupid. And annoying. She made it difficult to like her. I'm sorry, drinking underage is dumb. Really dumb. What did she expect going out to L.A.? She wants her (also annoying) dad to treat her like a grownup, but considering what she did once on her own out in California, well. Maybe his overprotective annoyingness had a point? And I get that that's the point of the story, that we, as the readers, are SUPPOSED to see that, but as I did not care for Grace's dad's 'tude in the first place, it made it hard to be on any character's "side". I liked her mom. She seemed more reasonably levelheaded in my opinion. I did like Grace more by the end of the book, so at least she became likable eventually, which maybe was the point. Also Jay is a jerk and Quentin is nice. Enough said. I realize I sound really negative, but I didn't HATE the book. It was engaging, and I actually like that we don't have an oh-so-perfect MC. Nice change. But, she was just stupid for so long that I wanted to facepalm.:P I have seen the Grace Unplugged movie, but it was quite awhile ago and I vaguely remember thinking similar opinions to the ones I have on the book. It does have a nice overall message about letting God be in charge and family coming first. I'd recommend this book for ages 12+, but I would be very sure to mention some clean secular music artists/bands and some rock/metal Christian artists/bands along with the book.:) I'm giving the book 3 stars because of my own personal opinions about the characters, but mostly because of the music thing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Grace Unplugged , not only a new movie release but first it was a novel written by one of my favourite authors Melody Carlson. When it comes to Christian novels that every teen should read - Melody Carlson is the go-to Author and this book was no different. Grace Unplugged stars Grace Trey , 18yr old daughter of former one hit wonder Johnny Trey now turned Worship leader of their church. All Grace has ever wanted to do is play music and her way, but everytime she gets close -her parents especial Grace Unplugged , not only a new movie release but first it was a novel written by one of my favourite authors Melody Carlson. When it comes to Christian novels that every teen should read - Melody Carlson is the go-to Author and this book was no different. Grace Unplugged stars Grace Trey , 18yr old daughter of former one hit wonder Johnny Trey now turned Worship leader of their church. All Grace has ever wanted to do is play music and her way, but everytime she gets close -her parents especially her father shuts her down. When an amazing opportunity arises for Grace to get her name out there by remixing her dad's song Misunderstood , she jumps at the chance and is soon chucked headfirst into the world of music - fame and stardom . Is Grace cut out for this life or will she find herself on the outside especially when parts will start to make her question her faith and morals and the way she was brought up. Soon Grace will find in her hands a copy of the book which in the novel -her Pastor Tim wrote it called "Own It" but in reality , the book was written by the amazing Hayley and Michael DiMarco and is a book about owning your faith in all situations. This book was an amazing read and looks at the contrasts between the christian world and the hollywood world where exploiting yourself for the name of money and selling records is A-OK. After reading the book , I now can't wait to see the movie and what's even more awesome is the fact that if you are a music person -then like me, you can hop onto Itunes and download the Movie's soundtrack . This is one book that should be on all teen's reading list and would make a good study group book as teens start to cross into the adult line and choices arise and many second guess what they have been brought up to believe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christie Hagerman

    Although not many young adults leave home in search of fame, the underlying theme of this book reflects their quest to fulfill dreams and find significance. This story is also a good reminder of the importance of having solid friends who offer Godly advice. Grace's parents need to lean on their friends, a couple who happened to be their pastor and his wife, and Grace, too, finds timely support from a caring friend. As the mother of two teenage girls, I identify with Grace's parents. The confusion Although not many young adults leave home in search of fame, the underlying theme of this book reflects their quest to fulfill dreams and find significance. This story is also a good reminder of the importance of having solid friends who offer Godly advice. Grace's parents need to lean on their friends, a couple who happened to be their pastor and his wife, and Grace, too, finds timely support from a caring friend. As the mother of two teenage girls, I identify with Grace's parents. The confusion of knowing what to do as their daughter slipped into a dangerous lifestyle leads them to push her further away, alienating her not only from the support of her parents but also her church. Grace questions her upbringing and spiritual foundation as she ventures into a world with different values. How far will she go until she remembers where to find help? Can her parents ride out this storm and maintain the sort of relationship with Grace that makes her want to turn to them? I listened to the audio version, so a word about the narrator--Nora Hunter does an excellent job, with believable voice changes and a sweet tone that echoes what I imagine Grace's voice to sound like. PARENTAL RATING: PG. I think this is a wonderful book for young people as well as parents of teens and young adults, but be aware that there are some (mild) references to alcohol and sex. That said, this is a definite must-add for my daughters' bookshelf. **I received a copy of this book as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    Actual Rating: 4.45 This was an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the story. I watched the movie a while back and I loved it. The story represented in book form is the same, but I thought the book lacked a bit of the magic I felt in the movie. Also, I really thought the themes in this book were very beautiful. The story was about finding who you are. It was also about the knowledge that once you find out who you are, let God take control and lead you to your potential. It is beautiful to see the t Actual Rating: 4.45 This was an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the story. I watched the movie a while back and I loved it. The story represented in book form is the same, but I thought the book lacked a bit of the magic I felt in the movie. Also, I really thought the themes in this book were very beautiful. The story was about finding who you are. It was also about the knowledge that once you find out who you are, let God take control and lead you to your potential. It is beautiful to see the transformation within Grace's character as she went from being a rebel who wanted to defy her parents wishes to a true believe in Christ. I found Grace to be a very relatable character as she experiences the same thing that most people experiences, which is to find out who they are and where they belong. I loved Quentin. I wish I could find a guy like him. He is my total ideal book boyfriend. He is understanding, and knows the struggles that Grace is going through. I am happy that they found their way to each other. Also, I am really happy that she figured out where she truly belonged. The ending was great. I am happy with the way the book turned out. Overall, a great read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This book by Melody Carlson is amazing! It is one on my new favorite books! During this book it shows how tough if can be for someone to be in the world but not living in the world. The main character Grace struggles to keep her faith as she becomes a popular singer in Hollywood. Many can relate to this book because at one point we all struggle in this world while we keep our beliefs.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    It is very rare for me to rate a book 1 star. However, I could not make it halfway through this book before giving up. First, I messed up when I heard about the movie then saw there was a book. I thought I should read the book first, ASSUMING the movie was based on the book, not the other way around. I was wrong. This book is based on the movie. That bugs me. And I really hope the movie isn't as bad as this book because I do plan on watching it at some point. Second, it is so boring. I can't get p It is very rare for me to rate a book 1 star. However, I could not make it halfway through this book before giving up. First, I messed up when I heard about the movie then saw there was a book. I thought I should read the book first, ASSUMING the movie was based on the book, not the other way around. I was wrong. This book is based on the movie. That bugs me. And I really hope the movie isn't as bad as this book because I do plan on watching it at some point. Second, it is so boring. I can't get past the writing style and the choppy flow. It felt like this was the author's first published novel, so I was surprised when I saw she has several published novels. And there were so many typos/errors in the edition I was reading, it was driving me crazy. And lastly, none of the characters were likeable. I couldn't relate to any of them. I found most of them annoying and I couldn't keep reading. I tried. Oh well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Grace Unplugged (A Novel) Author: Melody Carlson Pages: 304 Year: 203 Publisher: B & H Books Reading is such a wonderful gift, and lately I have begun to appreciate it especially when I just finished with the latest work of fiction. Grace Unplugged is not just a novel, but a soon to be released movie based on the novel plus the nonfiction book Own It written by a different author. While some may not know how these books are tied together, once you read them you’ll appreciate the message in Title: Grace Unplugged (A Novel) Author: Melody Carlson Pages: 304 Year: 203 Publisher: B & H Books Reading is such a wonderful gift, and lately I have begun to appreciate it especially when I just finished with the latest work of fiction. Grace Unplugged is not just a novel, but a soon to be released movie based on the novel plus the nonfiction book Own It written by a different author. While some may not know how these books are tied together, once you read them you’ll appreciate the message in both. Many people want to seek the things of this world that they believe will make them happy once they have obtained them. For some it is a certain amount of money, others success in their career, and there are a host of other goals earnestly sought with one’s whole being. In this novel, Grace believes that no one understands her desire to be free from her parents “control” and be a rock star. Never wondering who she was doing it for, one night she leaves quietly with only a note for her parents to find. The perceived glamour, tours, meeting with other established stars begins to cause Grace to start down the slippery slope she heard her father once describing. However, she never believed her dad and couldn’t understand that when her fame began to grow so did the restlessness of her heart. Meeting an intern working at the same music company was more than a coincidence that Grace will begin to see in the days ahead. With an open heart, I ask that you read both Own It and Grace Unplugged along with the thought of others who might be touched by reading them as well. There is a strong message in both books calling all people to look to Who they are living for and serving with the life God has given to them! I can say both books will remain in my personal library for times of encouragement or reminders. My rating is 5 stars! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I have read other books by Melody Carlson but this is the first time I read one that was written for Young Adults or the New Adult. The story is timeless--small town girl goes to Hollywood- or at least Los Angeles to become a singing star. What sets Grace Unplugged apart is the great writing and deftly drawn characters. Also I liked the realistic situations that Gracie Trey, daughter of the one hit wonder, Johnnie Trey, finds herself in. The book has been made into a movie which debuts October 4, I have read other books by Melody Carlson but this is the first time I read one that was written for Young Adults or the New Adult. The story is timeless--small town girl goes to Hollywood- or at least Los Angeles to become a singing star. What sets Grace Unplugged apart is the great writing and deftly drawn characters. Also I liked the realistic situations that Gracie Trey, daughter of the one hit wonder, Johnnie Trey, finds herself in. The book has been made into a movie which debuts October 4, 2013. I'd recommend this book to any young person and their parents. It would provide a great jumping off point for parents and teens to discuss their conflict over the teen preparing to sail off into the adult world. In my own series "The Women of Ivy Manor," (four generations amid the tapestry of the 20th century) I found that every mother tried to prepare her daughter to save her from the struggles the mother had. But in each case, the mother couldn't protect her child from life. We all wish to wrap our children in cotton and keep them safe, but that's not letting them become who they were meant to be and to face the challenges God has prepared to shape them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    AJ Timberlake

    Grace Trey has been raised in a Christian family in a somewhat conservative way. She is extremely talented in music and uses this talent in the worship team that her dad leads. But she longs for a different life, similar to the one her dad used to lead back when he was rock star Johnny Trey. So when Johnny Trey's old manager comes to visit looking for someone to redo an old song, Grace sees her opportunity. I thought this book was really good. I haven't watched the movie that it is based off but Grace Trey has been raised in a Christian family in a somewhat conservative way. She is extremely talented in music and uses this talent in the worship team that her dad leads. But she longs for a different life, similar to the one her dad used to lead back when he was rock star Johnny Trey. So when Johnny Trey's old manager comes to visit looking for someone to redo an old song, Grace sees her opportunity. I thought this book was really good. I haven't watched the movie that it is based off but I plan to watch it now. The storyline was good and I flew through the book in a day. The only issue was that the editing wasn't amazing, and that always draws away from the book for me. But overall the storyline was good and I really enjoyed reading this, resulting in a four star review from me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raechel

    I didn't completely finish this, because it was getting a little frustrating for me, so I decided to just watch the movie. I know that is unusual for me, as I prefer books, but I felt that the decision would be better that way. :) I didn't care for how rebellious Grace was, nor how her parents handled the situation, or her friend, Rachel, for that matter. I also didn't like that Grace's parents wanted her to go to college - even if just for a 'fall-back plan'. With God, you don't need a 'fall-back I didn't completely finish this, because it was getting a little frustrating for me, so I decided to just watch the movie. I know that is unusual for me, as I prefer books, but I felt that the decision would be better that way. :) I didn't care for how rebellious Grace was, nor how her parents handled the situation, or her friend, Rachel, for that matter. I also didn't like that Grace's parents wanted her to go to college - even if just for a 'fall-back plan'. With God, you don't need a 'fall-back-plan'. The movie wasn't better, and the whole story just...well, I wasn't pleased with it. This story just wansn't for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Downing

    Nice story about a young girl following her dream to be a big singer who discovers that what she left behind is exactly what she needed to be true to herself.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Percival Buncab

    “This is how it is when you finally get here” would be my blurb for Grace Unplugged. It’s a story about a Christian artist, by a Christian artist, for Christian artists—who all want to make a name in the secular scene. The morale, however, applicable to all artists. It questions the artist’s purpose, identity, and values. When he finally achieves his dreams, he’ll doubt if it was really what he wanted. The setting is in Hollywood, but it reflects the rest of the entertainment industry—i.e., so m “This is how it is when you finally get here” would be my blurb for Grace Unplugged. It’s a story about a Christian artist, by a Christian artist, for Christian artists—who all want to make a name in the secular scene. The morale, however, applicable to all artists. It questions the artist’s purpose, identity, and values. When he finally achieves his dreams, he’ll doubt if it was really what he wanted. The setting is in Hollywood, but it reflects the rest of the entertainment industry—i.e., so many “necessary” evils because people are just doing their jobs. The over-arching conflict is great because the individual conflicts are balance. The tension is consistent, as each page gives dilemma on which character is right and wrong, because they all have points and flaws. Like the majority, I first knew about Grace Unplugged because of the film. But following the general rule that books are greater than their films, I read the book first. The synopsis of the story intrigues me as I myself am a Christian artist who wants to make a name in the secular scene. So I knew I had to read it. I’m quite disappointed with the book, however, not because it’s not good, but because it is. The beginning is good, the middle is even better, so I was expecting for great ending. But it was flat. I love brevity; so majority of the novels I love are pithy. Even so, I find this novel quite short—or at least its ending. The resolution was wrapped up quite too soon. Plus it got cheesy and preachy—adjectives that do not describe the first three quarters of the book. Nothing special about the writing, but it is well-written. I commend that than stories which might have an intriguing uniqueness, but is not well-written overall. What’s even more disappointing is knowing that with Melody Carlson’s professionalism, she could’ve written a better ending—a satisfying one. The overall novel was worthwhile. I had so many realizations; and the lessons impacted me. It’s just the ending that I didn’t like. Again, not because the story is not good, but because it is—that I had high expectations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie

    Grace Unplugged took me to a place that I didn't think was possible. This book had everything from God, Grace, Faith, and daily life. Melody Carlson knows exactly what to put into a story to make you feel every emotion as if you were the one who was in the book. Grace Unplugged is about a girl, Grace, who sings with her father, and old singer legend, at church every Sunday. Grace wanted more things that just singing in a church every Sunday, and decided she wanted to be a pop-star singer. Read t Grace Unplugged took me to a place that I didn't think was possible. This book had everything from God, Grace, Faith, and daily life. Melody Carlson knows exactly what to put into a story to make you feel every emotion as if you were the one who was in the book. Grace Unplugged is about a girl, Grace, who sings with her father, and old singer legend, at church every Sunday. Grace wanted more things that just singing in a church every Sunday, and decided she wanted to be a pop-star singer. Read this amazing book to be able to jump in and feel the emotion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Great book on the life of a star - followed in her father's footsteps even though he had given it up - Hard lessons about life - family - romance - Christian - well written and fast moving book that you want to know how it ends.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    Grace Unplugged a book for all ages We all need to come home. Grace Unplugged is a great reminder that the world can lead us astray but God is always there waiting for us. I highly recommend it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kw

    The other side of an artist's rise to fame. Interesting and probably all too true.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terri Fleming

    Very trite.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    this is a really good book I loved that it showed the real world but also kept it appropriate

  20. 5 out of 5

    Makayla Bobst

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the begging of the book the main character Grace and her dad, are playing at their church on a Sunday morning. At the end of their church service, her dads old record company manager walks in and starts trying to make him another record deal. Her dad known as Johnny Trey, was known as a one hit wonder. As he and his teenage daughter argue more and more each day, she is interested in signing her own deal with the record label as she sings and plays her guitar. On her 18 birthday she goes behin In the begging of the book the main character Grace and her dad, are playing at their church on a Sunday morning. At the end of their church service, her dads old record company manager walks in and starts trying to make him another record deal. Her dad known as Johnny Trey, was known as a one hit wonder. As he and his teenage daughter argue more and more each day, she is interested in signing her own deal with the record label as she sings and plays her guitar. On her 18 birthday she goes behind her parents back, move to LA and sign a contract with the record deal. As she continues her journey with the record deal each decision she makes is separating her from her faith. Her dad comes to visit her after she has performed at a small venue. She tells him that she is staying in LA and doesn't care about his or her mom's opinion. When she finally hits rock bottom she goes home to apologize to her family, she gives her life fully to christ and writes a song from her experience. My opinion on this book is that it was really well written and the description of emotion the author uses to describe how she feels is very impactful. As I'm a follower of christ I enjoyed the spiritual side of this movie. I can relate to some of the Grace"s problem with music because I play piano. I definitely can't wait to watch the movie. I also enjoy it because it shows her struggles choosing between her faith and her what everyone else says is good for her. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a christian and like faith inspiring stories. Also anyone who plays an instrument or musically inclined might enjoy this book. That's why I enjoyed this book and who I would recommend this to.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    I am very excited to be doing reviews from Grace Hills Media and Grace Unplugged is my first selection form them. Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson is also being made into a movie and I can't wait to see it. Grace Trey I believe is like most of your typical teenagers who are about to leave the nest. First of all they think they know what is best for themselves and so anything a parent says goes in one ear and out the other. I know I was a lot like that growing up. This book to me is really about I am very excited to be doing reviews from Grace Hills Media and Grace Unplugged is my first selection form them. Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson is also being made into a movie and I can't wait to see it. Grace Trey I believe is like most of your typical teenagers who are about to leave the nest. First of all they think they know what is best for themselves and so anything a parent says goes in one ear and out the other. I know I was a lot like that growing up. This book to me is really about branching out on your own and learning from your mistakes. Your parents can want whats best for you and they can pray for you, but in the end you have to make your own decisions. At some point your parents have to just pray that God keeps you in his arms and lets no harm come to you. As a parent I am sure that is really hard to do. Grace has an amazing God given talent, but she wants to rock out instead of doing what her father wants her to do when it comes to their worship music. Grace and her father have been clashing a lot since she turned eighteen. Her parents want her to go to college but she wants to be a rock star. Of all people she would think that her father who was a one hit wonder back in his day would understand her need to rock out. Johnny does understand her need to play music and to be a big hit but he also knows the pain and sorrow he went through while trying. He just wants to protect his little girl from getting hurt. When his former manager comes back into their lives trying to get Johnny to record an album now that his one hit is popular again. Johnny might long for that life, but he is also happy where he is, with being a music pastor at his local church. Johnny isn't that rock star anymore, he has changed. Grace can't believe that her father turned down a chance to record an album but she realizes that her father said that Mossy could have his permission to keep his song. He suggest that Mossy get someone else to record his song. Grace records the song and sends it to Mossy and he loves it. Grace knows her parents won't approve so she runs away to LA to where Sapphire records is and where Mossy has a small apartment for her set up. It's in LA that Grace's faith is really put to the test. Everyone's drinking but she doesn't drink. She doesn't want to look like a wimp so she starts drinking. They change her whole image and make her a rock star, but something is still missing. Grace knows deep down that this isn't really what she wanted, but it's how all rock stars are. She meets Quentin who remembers her and her father from when her father had came to speak at his church. He want's to be in the music business to but from the business end of things and is an intern at Sapphire. He is nice but he makes her uncomfortable with his talk about her dad and God. When she goes on a radio tour Quentin gives her some reading material and wishes her luck. In the end, Grace has to decide if she wants to compromise what she believes in for rock star success or if she wants own her faith and let it shine. Grace Unplugged I believe is a book that would be good for teenagers to read. I would recommend it along with Own it, the devotional book that is in the book and movie. Grace Unplugged is in theaters this October!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Elizabeth

    This book review is going to be a bit revealing about my faith. Before picking up this book, and even while I read it, I was struggling. Maybe I still am. I’m a lot like Grace, or as her stage name deems her, Gracie Trey. Oh, sure I’m not a rock star, but I am human. I get caught up in worldly things, sometimes even questioning the existence of God. After all, it’s hard to be an educated college student and still maintain faith in the unseen. I often forget that athough I cannot see God, I can f This book review is going to be a bit revealing about my faith. Before picking up this book, and even while I read it, I was struggling. Maybe I still am. I’m a lot like Grace, or as her stage name deems her, Gracie Trey. Oh, sure I’m not a rock star, but I am human. I get caught up in worldly things, sometimes even questioning the existence of God. After all, it’s hard to be an educated college student and still maintain faith in the unseen. I often forget that athough I cannot see God, I can feel him. Very much so. However, when I’m wrapped up in the world, I push those feelings away. I stop praying. I stop going to church. And I stop living like Christ. It’s a bad habit to say the least. Grace gets caught up in her dreams, or what she thinks are her dreams; to be a famous musician. Without asking for God’s guidance, she up and abandons her parents when an opportunity presents itself. Despite leaving without notice, I felt for Grace. Her dad was very controlling and restricting her creativity. While reading this, I was thinking, “yes, Grace. Do it. Leave!” – we’ve all been young and dying for freedom from our parents. However, as the music biz took its toll on her, Grace started living in a way completely against her old standards. Not only that, but her manager (and everyone else at the label) is trying to control her creativity. Just like her dad! Through it all, Grace remains distant to God. Blocking out the church that is across from her apartment, ignoring her parents, and tensing up at the mention of her Dad’s religious past. You see, Grace got her ticket to fame from her dad. Her dad was a one-hit-wonder, and taking his hit to a new level, Grace won her way in. However, her dad isn’t happy about this. He is livid to say the least. He knew what fame could do first hand, and being the protective father, he didn’t want to see this for his daughter. Much like his daughter, though, he turned away from God after she left. As always, Melody delivers an inspiring story of faith in this novel. My only complaint is the lack of proper editing. I’ve contacted the publisher, author, and the directors of the movie about this. They’ve all responded, apologizing and assuring they are getting it edited again. That being said, it is a great novel and a wonderful story. I can’t wait to watch the movie! I already have the soundtrack and it is just as inspiring. Back to my faith, for a moment – Halfway through this novel, I attended an LDS conference called Time Out for Women. Both this book and that conference renewed my faith. The book made me realize how far I was pushing God from my life, while the conference reminded me just how easy it is to come back; he’s already there for me! I’m going to end this review with lyrics from the movie, “Never Let Go”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lakin

    Goodreads Summary Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Goodreads Summary Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men). My Review I had mixed feelings about Grace Unplugged. There were many things that I liked, but there were also some things that I found annoying, and the good just didn't completely out weigh the bad considering the good didn't come until like the last 45-50 pages. This book had been on my TBR list for a while, and when I finally got it and started to read it, I was kind of disappointed that I didn't find the main character completely likeable. I loved how into her music she was, and I could understand how she felt the way she did. I didn't love how completely rebellious she was and the way she handled some situations. I just thought that it wasn't necessary. Some of the situations in this book were unpleasant and I didn't fully enjoy a lot of it (a lot of drinking, etc.), finding them kind of, well, annoying. I also felt that she needed to learn to stick up for herself. My favorite character was actually Quentin. He was pretty much amazing, with an amazing faith in God, and I really liked his eventual role in the book! I loved the last 45-50 pages though! I loved how everything ended and it the ending was completely awesome, and I loved the overall messages in this book! Could Grace find herself again - her faith, her family, God? Favorite Quote "As Grace sang those powerful lyrics, she knew she was singing truth - every single word in this sweet song was absolutely true - God never let go. Despite all her mistakes and confusion and floundering, He had never let go of her. And she never wanted to let go of Him again either." - Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janka H.

    Captivating read about young girla adventures in stardom and - more importantly - a journey of heart. Grace Trey is 18, gifted in music (both playing and singing) and desperately wanting to spread her wings and fly to fame. And this is where problem lies - her parents, mostly her father - now full-time musical pastor and then Johnny Grey, former star singer and author of one big hit - of course have differents plans - college and more mature life. Parents are confused with her teenage daughters Captivating read about young girl´a adventures in stardom and - more importantly - a journey of heart. Grace Trey is 18, gifted in music (both playing and singing) and desperately wanting to spread her wings and fly to fame. And this is where problem lies - her parents, mostly her father - now full-time musical pastor and then Johnny Grey, former star singer and author of one big hit - of course have differents plans - college and more mature life. Parents are confused with her teenage daughter´s rebellious behaviour, Grace feels controlled. So when former agent from Johnny´s past visits with an offer to re-record his hit "Misunderstood" (which Johnny politely declines, citing different life preferences) Grace catches her chance and contacts the agent to resing the song herself. Beautiful girl with talent is of course the industry´s dream, so Grace secretly leaves the parents´ house and going to L.A. But reality is quite different from dreams and as fame rises higher, so does the emptiness in the heart. Is there a way to own both her gift and her faith? Nobody does the modern YA better than Melody Carlson! Of course, the story is a bit predictable (from good girl to problems to change), but Melody infuses the story with humanity and empathy to her heroes´s problems and feelings. I very much love that her parents, mostly father, trying to protect his little girl from problems very much known to him, realize that they made mistakes as well, that Grace is not a little girl anymore. I love that the industry world is described quite realistically, yet still OK for teenage eyes. I especially loved Renae Taylor, side character of famous star, who is somehow trying to protect Grace, if jadedly. At least she is honest in the world nobody else is! This is very suitable book for both teenagers and their parents, both sides can obtain the information necessary for understanding the other side. And it is catchy and fun!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Silvestrini

    I love a creative title with a double meaning so I knew Grace Unplugged had potential from title alone and Own It just grabs you and demands to be read. In Grace Unplugged, Grace Trey wants to chase her dream as a singer but she quickly learns that life in the real world for an 18 year old up and comer is harder than she realized. While many of us aren’t chasing dreams as lofty as becoming a singing superstar, we can all relate to finding out the harsh realities of life and having our faith chall I love a creative title with a double meaning so I knew Grace Unplugged had potential from title alone and Own It just grabs you and demands to be read. In Grace Unplugged, Grace Trey wants to chase her dream as a singer but she quickly learns that life in the real world for an 18 year old up and comer is harder than she realized. While many of us aren’t chasing dreams as lofty as becoming a singing superstar, we can all relate to finding out the harsh realities of life and having our faith challenged. Grace grew up in a Christian home and with a father who is the music leader in her church, she is expected to be the perfect example of a good Christian girl. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter I really related to her and her struggles. When she is asked to compromise her faith and who she is at the core, will she overcome the temptation’s that come along with making it in the music business or will her roots as a Christian hold strong? Own It was a strong companion book to read right after finishing Grace Unplugged. It challenged me in ways I hadn’t thought of and got to the very heart of ones faith and what it really means. Growing up in the church, I never questioned what I was taught to believe until I entered adulthood. And then I realized I was in fact living with a “borrowed faith” and just believed what I was taught without question. I went through many years where I fought and challenged my faith until I really learned to Own It for myself. Both of these books bring to light the questions of what it means to be a true Christian and I can’t wait to see the movie Grace Unplugged!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This book is, obviously, a Christian Fiction book. Grace Trey has got stars in her eyes. She dreams of making it big with her music instead of being confined by her father and what he wants her to do with her music. Grace, who is like most teenagers, desires freedom and the opportunity to make her own decisions. She wants to follow her dreams and she feels like her father is keeping her from realizing those dreams. Johnny has seen both sides of the story himself. He know the dangers of fame and h This book is, obviously, a Christian Fiction book. Grace Trey has got stars in her eyes. She dreams of making it big with her music instead of being confined by her father and what he wants her to do with her music. Grace, who is like most teenagers, desires freedom and the opportunity to make her own decisions. She wants to follow her dreams and she feels like her father is keeping her from realizing those dreams. Johnny has seen both sides of the story himself. He know the dangers of fame and he is trying to protect his daughter. His strong Christian convictions sometimes come across as confining to his daughter. In an attempt to reign her in, he ends up driving her away. I can identify with both Grace and Johnny. I remember what it was like to be young and want to sprout my own wings, be my own person. As a mother of teenagers, I also know what it is like to want to protect your kids. I want them to make good decisions. It's hard to watch your kids grow up but it's also exciting. This book was easy to read. I was invested in the story from the beginning. I could identify with the struggles of all the characters. I really believe that it is through the struggles that we build the strength of our own identity- Who we are and what we really believe in. Grace goes through this learning process herself. She learns some hard lessons but I think they made her better in the end. I'm hosting a giveaway too, if you are interested... It's for a copy of the movie soundtrack. Check it out here. Ends OCT 02 2013. http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.bl...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Grace Unplugged, the book, is based on the movie by the same name. The movie came out last Fall, and the book came a few months later. I've seen the movie trailer, but have not seen the actual movie yet. Grace is a typical teenager. She is technically old enough to be an adult, but she still lives at home with her parents. Her parents treat her like a typical teenager, and Grace is completely fed up with it all. Grace's dad, Johnny, is a former rockstar I received a complimentary copy of this book. Grace Unplugged, the book, is based on the movie by the same name. The movie came out last Fall, and the book came a few months later. I've seen the movie trailer, but have not seen the actual movie yet. Grace is a typical teenager. She is technically old enough to be an adult, but she still lives at home with her parents. Her parents treat her like a typical teenager, and Grace is completely fed up with it all. Grace's dad, Johnny, is a former rockstar. Apparently he had a rough life when he had a music career and he is determined that Grace is not going to follow in his footsteps. He and Grace butt heads on a regular basis about her future and her desire to have her own music career. Grace leaves home unannounced and heads off to Hollywood to start her music career. She signs with a big label and seems to have everything going for her. But Grace's life is spiraling out of control very quickly. I think what Grace goes through is typical to what a lot of teenagers experience when they decide to try to live their lives outside of their parents wishes. As with most teenagers, Grace gets very far from the way she was raised, and very far from God. It takes a series of events to give Grace the wake-up call she needs. I don't think there was really any surprise to how this story ended with Grace being back in the good graces of her family and back to living her life for God. This book was good, but not spectacular. I am looking forward to watching the movie though. It looks like it has potential.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Esterman

    Grace Trey is eighteen years old. While passionate about her Christian faith, she is also passionate about her craft: her musical talent. This probably sounds familiar: it's a major motion picture, and this audiobook is based off of it. Much like the movie, Grace is faced with the big break and the life challenges come with it: pop stardom or staying true to the faith. While one could argue both is possible, Miley Ray Cyrus just recently proved that with fame comes the fall of one's faith. This Grace Trey is eighteen years old. While passionate about her Christian faith, she is also passionate about her craft: her musical talent. This probably sounds familiar: it's a major motion picture, and this audiobook is based off of it. Much like the movie, Grace is faced with the big break and the life challenges come with it: pop stardom or staying true to the faith. While one could argue both is possible, Miley Ray Cyrus just recently proved that with fame comes the fall of one's faith. This audiobook delves into the struggles Grace experiences in an intimate view of her thoughts and internal dialogue. In fact, in many ways, this audiobook reminds me of Miley's early years on the Disney channel and her public proclamations to never let down the Christian faith community. Nora Hunter is a speed narrator. Her pace borders on breaking the speed of light at times, but mostly hovers at supersonic. Hunter's ability to narrate does come into question with her speed of narration, as it is hard to keep up with the narrator. One moment of losing focus could easily mean over a paragraph of missed narration. That said, however, Hunter has an appropriate inflection and respects the flow of the words with intonation, pauses, and tense changes. Apart from the speed, it is an excellent narration to pair to the fictional piece, but with the speed, the narration sits at about three stars. Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About Grace Unplugged: Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. About Grace Unplugged: Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men). My Thoughts: Grace Trey is just like any other young girl. She sees her dreams ahead of her and she is ready, willing and able to just reach out and grab it. But another thing I noticed about her was that she kind of doesn't think her parents have really "been there and done that". Which that in itself is not a good sign for a girl ready to jump out and capture the world that is just out of her reach. So join us as we take a journey with her through the "hard knocks" of her life to see what happens to this young girl and her dreams. This book is being turned into a movie that will premier on October 4, 2013. **Disclosure** These books were sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Flyby Promotions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This book was about 18 year old Grace Trey (Gracie Trey, stage name), she is an amazing singer. She takes after her dad the one-hit wonder Johnny Trey. She goes out into the 'real world' to sign a contract with Sapphire Music so she can start her big carrier. But she gets lost and confused, at the end she finds that she found what she always needed. Wide Reading Questions: 1. I decided to read this book because I love Melody Carlson's books. 2. My favourite character is Grace because she takes a ri This book was about 18 year old Grace Trey (Gracie Trey, stage name), she is an amazing singer. She takes after her dad the one-hit wonder Johnny Trey. She goes out into the 'real world' to sign a contract with Sapphire Music so she can start her big carrier. But she gets lost and confused, at the end she finds that she found what she always needed. Wide Reading Questions: 1. I decided to read this book because I love Melody Carlson's books. 2. My favourite character is Grace because she takes a risk to find what she thinks is what she needs, even when it turns out to not be what she needed. She has an amazing voice and she doesn't let people deceive her and speaks what she thinks. 3. My favourite quote is: "As Grace sang those powerful lyrics, she knew she was singing the truth - every single word in this sweet song was absolutely true - God never let go. Despite all her mistakes and confusion and floundering, He had never let go of her. And she never wanted to let go of Him either." Because it is really true and I find that this relates to me, same as Grace. 4. I learnt that you should follow what you think is right even if you end up back where you started, you will eventually find what you are looking for.

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