A Simple Song by Melody Carlson.
Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?3 stars
Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?
I'm not really a huge fan of Melody Carlson's books. Her last couple have been better but I'm usually a bit disappointed. However the last ya Amish book she wrote had been really good, so I was eager to see what this one would be like.
Katrina Yoder is an Amish girl who has always been told she has a beautiful voice, although her father doesn't want her to use it much. Because it would be vainglory. So she isn't to keen on the idea of going on a singing show to, well sing! But she knows she needs to, her father got hurt several years ago and he's just getting worse and worse. He needs an expensive surgery but Katrina's family doesn't have enough money for it!
So she goes on the show in hopes of winning enough money for her dad to have his surgery. She doesn't know hardly anything about the English life and certainly isn't prepared for what happens on the show, or even in the city! It's all so different! But she's determined to try her best.
Pros:It was a really sweet book. It had the whole behind the scenes look at a singing show and for fans of stuff like the voice, x factor, and american idol you'll get flashbacks of watching the shows. Or at least I did. Katrina was sweet, a little goody-goody at times, but sweet. The story is clean (apart from one brief scene where a character is drunk) and interesting. Not super exciting, but interesting enough.
Cons:I'm not a huge fan of some of the amish's rules. Although this is partly addressed Katrina believes that singing is bad...even when worshiping God it can be bad when her voice is shining out. And stuff like that just makes me sad :( Also I never got a real age on Katrina...I couldn't really tell how old she was. So that and the last page bugged me. (a proposal) And I'm like really?? And it was a little too rushed that last page, too.
Overall, this was an interesting book with some good scenes and it was a good story...but it wasn't too great. The first Amish book Carlson wrote was better. If you have enjoyed the author's other books or aren't to picky you might like it better. I just didn't prefer it. A good book for tween girls.