Izzy's Popstar Plan

Izzy's Popstar Plan

by Alex Marestaing

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Overview

Izzy Baxter has big plans—popstar plans.

Ever since she was six, she’s dreamed of becoming the world’s next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she’s been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is “way cooler” than megastar fame.

Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel—this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they’ll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400317370
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/03/2011
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Whether it’s writing exciting youth material for The Walt Disney Company and the Los Angeles Times or composing music for his latest book series for teens and tweens, author and educator Alex Marestaing loves to create.

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Izzy's Pop Star Plan

A Devo/Novel


By Alex Marestaing

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Alex Marestaing
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1737-0


CHAPTER 1

Day 1: Hello World, it's Me!

Mood Meter: Terribly Talkative


I nervously twisted the mega-long sleeves of my sparkly, blue dress as I made my way up the steps toward the chanting crowd. As the lights dimmed and the band hit their opening chords, I could hear the twenty-thousand-plus fans going wild. "Izzy, Izzy, Izzy!" they screamed as I stepped out onto the stage. It was time for all my wildest pop star dreams to come true. It was time, time for ... our church musical, and, well, it wasn't really like that at all.

To tell you the truth, there were probably only about sixty people in the audience that Sunday night. But hey, that's the way I saw it in my daydreaming, six-year-old head. Singing my very first solo, there in front of Hollywood Community Church, was a huge deal for me. The stage lights, the sound of my voice ringing out through the PA system, the applause afterward. I was hooked.

That night, I felt it for the first time, an unquenchable thirst for pop stardom. As I lay awake in my bed that night, I thought, Izzy Baxter, you are destined to become a singing sensation. I know, it sounds a little prideful, but hey, I was only six.

From that day on, I started studying pop stars like a mad scientist. I examined their every dance move and mimicked their vocal styles. My bedside table was stuffed with notes on everything from what Mindy Mars wore to the Grammys to Sean Benson's daily workout schedule. I even practiced smiling like them in the mirror. I was a hopeless pop-aholic.

When I was nine, I created a plan, the Pop Star Plan. The plan is made up of step-by-step directions on how to become, well, a pop star, of course.

When I first started writing the plan in my pink journal, I thought I'd be a star in no time. Boy, was I wrong. I've been following the plan like my life depended on it for the last five years, but haven't even come close to getting my big break yet.

But I'm not too worried about that, because something big is on the horizon, something really big. Well, if it actually happens, it'll be big. It has to do with a little audition tape I sent out last month.

More on that later, but for now, count yourself lucky. You are one of the chosen few who have been given the password to my Unbelievable Blog. As your faithful blogger, I plan to keep you, my inner circle of friends, in the loop regarding my amazing pop star life.

If anything happens, you'll be the first to know, I promise.


My Heart

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

I've changed a lot since I started writing the Pop Star Plan. For one thing, I've learned that even though I have this plan, God's the One who really knows what's going on. I mean, seriously, half the time I can't even figure out my math homework, let alone plan my entire existence. God's the only One who can make my biggest dreams come to life.

It's really important to commit all our plans and dreams to God. That means that we talk to Him about them, and let Him change our plans if He wants. When we give our dreams to Him, they can really fly.


Good Night, God

Lord, I give the Pop Star Plan to You. Add to it. Change it if You want. It's all Yours. Amen.

That's my prayer. What's yours?

L8R


2 COMMENTS:

Maddie said ...

Watch out, world. Here comes Izzy Baxter! Woooo Hoooo!

Posted Monday, 9:32 p.m.


Pastor Ryan said ...

Awesome! Can't wait to read the "way cool" and "off the wall" adventures of Izzy Baxter!

Posted Monday, 10:17 p.m.

CHAPTER 2

Day 2: Fire escape

Mood Meter: Thinking


Izzy's Unbelievable Blog is brought to you live from the fifteenth floor of the Alcove Apartments in Hollywood. I'm sitting on the rusty fire escape that's right outside my bedroom window. From this perch, I can see all the way to Warner Brothers Studios. That is, if there's no smog.

I started crawling out here a couple of years ago, after my mom died. My mom and I were the talkers of the family. We would sit and chat for hours. Sometimes when my dad and Anders, my big brother, were asleep, she would come into my room with a cup of hot chocolate, and we'd talk until, like, two in the morning. She would tell me about when she was a little girl, and I would tell her about, well, absolutely everything.

When she died, I felt like I had lost my best friend. I became like this crazy hermit from Lord of the Rings or something. I had NO ONE to talk to. I totally love my dad and all, but talking to him just isn't the same. He's more, like, quiet. I tell him things and he listens, but sometimes he doesn't really know what to say back. He'll get this serious look on his face, like he's trying to come up with something. Then he'll just hug me without saying a word.

Anyway, this one day I felt as if all the feelings swirling inside of me were going to cause my heart to explode. I didn't know where to go, so I crawled out onto the fire escape. I stared out at all the city lights and just began talking to God.

I had prayed before, at church and stuff, but this was different. I was talking to Him like a friend. I told Him everything, about how lonely I was without Mom, about how I couldn't really talk to my dad. I told Him mostly that I was really scared. When I crawled back into bed, I felt totally better. Nothing had changed in my life really, but I knew God had listened to me and that made all the difference in the world.


My Heart

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)

Can you believe it? God, the Maker of the whole universe, calls us friends! Like the ultimate friend, He shares His heart with us and listens to what we have to say. So go ahead and tell Him your dreams and heartaches. He's totally listening.


Good Night, God

Hi, Lord, I just wanted to say thanks for calling me Your friend.

I really appreciate it. Amen.

That's my prayer. What's yours?

L8R


1 COMMENT:

Maddie said ...

I totally talk to God that way too!! Sometimes I set my Manga Bear timer for ten minutes, and then just start chatting away with God until the beep. It works for me!

Posted Tuesday, 9:07 p.m.

CHAPTER 3

Day 3: Audition, Audition, and Audition Again

Mood Meter: Cautiously Hopeful


Brace yourself, because today I have some awesomely amazing, crazy cool news to tell you. Last month I sent this demo of me singing to the producers of International Pop Star Challenge. You know the show, the one with over seventy million viewers worldwide, the show that made Ryan Richards an overnight star, the show that "makes all your pop star dreams come true!" Well, this afternoon I got a phone call from none other than Giuseppe Rossi, one of the show's judges, and guess what? He wants me to audition for the show on Friday!

Even though he can be brutally honest on TV, he was nice on the phone. He explained that he and the other two judges had listened to my tape and thought I had potential, which I thought was pretty cool.

The only bummer is that he had been trying to call me for two weeks, AT THE WRONG NUMBER! Apparently, Anders, who wrote my phone number on the CD, used his notoriously messy printing, and the people at Quest Studios couldn't read it. So now I only have two days to pick a song to sing. Yikes!

I've been excited all day long, but I'm trying to calm myself down now. I don't want to get my hopes up too high. I've been to a gazillion auditions before (Pop Star Plan Rule #7: "Audition, audition, and audition again") and have been disappointed every time.

Failure is just part of the music business. I mean, Mellissa Smythe sang in New York subway stations for three years before Metropark Records signed her. Who knows? Maybe this will be my moment.

All I can do now is pick a song, practice it, and let God handle the rest.


My Heart

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

I think one of my problems is that I put too much hope into things rather than in God. I start thinking an audition or some new outfit will fill the emptiness I sometimes feel inside. I mean, it's fine to get excited about things, but when we put our hope in things rather than in God to solve our problems, we just end up disappointed. Put your hope in God instead, and you'll soar like an eagle.


Good Night, God

I'm putting my hope in You, Lord. You have this whole audition thing in Your hands. You know how much it means to me. Take my excitement and keep it safe in Your arms. Amen. That's my prayer. What's yours?

L8R


2 COMMENTS:

Anders said ...

Don't blame me, sis. Giuseppe is Italian, you know. He probably had a hard time reading English numbers.

Posted Wednesday, 10:24 p.m.


Izzy said ...

Nice try, bro. Thanks for helping me send the demo, though!

Posted Wednesday, 10:27 p.m.

CHAPTER 4

Day 4: Peace

Mood Meter: Nervous


"For the love of everything beautiful, let me go to sleep!" Mr. McGuire yelled from upstairs about fifteen minutes ago.

"Sorry," I squealed as I nervously stuffed my beat-up guitar into its case. He's probably not the only neighbor who's upset at me. I've been singing out here since eight this morning. Fourteen hours, three guitar strings, and four entire bags of sour ropes later, I'm finally satisfied.

Let me rewind a little. Last night, after I blogged, I got out my guitar and started messing around with some ideas. Pop Star Plan Rule #17 says, "Sing it like you mean it," so I was trying to come up with a song that I was crazy in love with. After looking at song lyrics online for about an hour, I started freaking out. "This is impossible!" I yelled.

Suddenly, it hit me. I had been trying to find the perfect song on my own. I hadn't even asked God for help yet. As I watched the fog roll in from the coast, I prayed, "God, this means more than a lot to me. Please help me find my song for Friday. I'm beyond desperate."

Not knowing what else to do, I just sat in the silence, watching the clouds come in from the beach. Then, out of the blue, I started hum- ming this hymn, "How Can I Keep from Singing?" It was my mom's favorite. She used to sing it to me each night before I went to bed. She never stopped, even during that last year when she was really sick.

As I picked up my guitar, the words flooded back to me.

Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?


Right then and there I realized that God had given me my perfect song.

Today I spent the day "popping" it up a bit. It sounds more modern now, but the meaning is still there.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. Big day tomorrow!


My Heart

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

Sometimes our problems stress us out so much that we forget to ask God for help. Next time that happens, take a deep breath and ask God what to do. He'll be more than glad to give you the answers you need. Really!


Good Night, God

Lord, please give me wisdom as I audition for the show. Help me totally rock tomorrow. Amen.

That's my prayer. What's yours?

L8R


3 COMMENTS:

Pastor Ryan said ...

Awesome song choice, Iz. You should play it for us when you lead worship next week. You aren't too big of a pop star now to lead worship for us, are you?

Posted Thursday, 8:23 p.m.


Izzy said ...

I'll have my people call your people.

Posted Thursday, 8:59 p.m.


Stephanie said ...

Hey! Ryan and I are your people.

Posted Thursday, 9:16 p.m.


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khager23 More than 1 year ago
Ever since she was little, Izzy Baxter has wanted to be a pop star. She finally gets her chance to go on an American Idol-type show and she's excited. With her dad and older brother by her side, she KNOWS she'll take the world by storm. Except, of course, it's not that simple. This takes place over the course of 90 days and each chapter is both a different day and an entry on her blog. It's a devotional-style book (this is Christian YA) and is really easy to read. When the book begins, Izzy is excited and happy and each entry also includes a Bible verse and prayer. As she gets farther along on the road to stardom, the verses and prayers become sporadic, then stop. Soon, of course, she realizes her mistake and they come back. It's being marketed as YA but I think it's probably a little better for younger readers (upper elementary and middle school, maybe). The story is simple and I think many teens may prefer something edgier. Still, it's an enjoyable enough book and Izzy is an easy-to-root-for heroine. There's going to be a sequel this summer, which is good because this book ends on a cliffhanger.
cenneidigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, it is more for the young adult set then me but it was touching. Izzy lost her mother and missed her terribly. She lived with her father and brother in Hollywood, where she was close to many auditions. The book follows her plan to become a rock star, with rules and actions to take. Its set up to look like a blog with entries and comments. On the way she run into issues that need resolving and with the help of the Bible and God she makes her decisions. The parts about her mother and Mrs. A touched me the most and I even teared up at times. The singing competition is similar to Idol, and the posts outlining the other contestants brought you more and more into their lives.The Bible references were well places, even if some of the explanations were wonky. I think kids would like this story and maybe the scriptures would touch them also. I didn't agree with the father making her wait to date until she was 18, I think 16 is more reasonable.One thing I like about Christian writing is the concept of 'Giving it to God'. Things you can't handle, or cause you stress. Who better to turn them over to, then to the one who knows everything and can give you true peace. I have a few things I need to give to him right now. If you enjoy Christian writing this may be a good book for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW SUPER COOL
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I found a clan that wants me
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It for little kids not grownups because i found bad words and nasty adult things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand that this is a blog but do you reallythink that a girl who is sixteen would write all of her personal thoughts for everyone to see,let alone have a blog?but it is a pretty good book to read if your a preteen.
SpenncerNicki More than 1 year ago
I read the free trial and I loved it! Such a good book! I reccomend it to everyone!
ParisAlexandra More than 1 year ago
I really liked Izzy's Popstar Plan. It's a really cool novel about a girl who dreams of becoming a popstar-and those dreams might be coming true! But the coolest part is that it can be read in the form of a 90 day devotional. I loved how the book was written like it was Izzy's online blog. Also, I liked how you could see her struggle through difficult decisions in her life, and all the ups and downs she seemed to be having in relationships with her family, friends, and sometimes God. I would recommend this book to girls, but not if they were under the age of eleven or 12, because of some romantic content. I think the message I felt the most from reading the book, is to do what you know God wants you to, and to trust Him with the rest. It may not turn out how you would like, but in the end, God knows what he's doing. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
liqidsquid More than 1 year ago
Izzy's Popstar Plan is a devotional for young teenage girls. It follows the life of Izzy, who desires to become (what else) a popstar. She is on the road to fame and has some hiccups to work through. This devotional is written like a blog. It is fun and easy to follow. Each day includes a story about Izzy's life, some scripture, and a short prayer for the day. I really enjoyed reading Izzy's Popstar Plan. It was a fun read with nice, short entries. I love Izzy's journey. What makes this devotional even cooler is that it's linked to a special website with all kinds of fun extras. I think this book would be a great hit with several young teen girls. I can't wait to share it! *This book was provided for me free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions are my own.
buoyread More than 1 year ago
Who among us did not want to be a pop star when we were younger? I admit I imagined myself eclipsing Britney Spears at some point in my teens, but apparently I was meant for other 'bigger things' so instead of going to Hollywood, I went to college and got myself a nursing degree (ignore the fact that what I call dancing is actually just swaying side to side and my singing is better kept within family gatherings; except for church choir but hey singing alto is not very difficult - for me that is.). Enter Izzy Baxter, a young lady who dreamed of being a pop star since she was six years old and singing with her hairbrush in the bathroom for hours, pretending to be performing in a huge concert. In helping her reach her dreams, she would practice singing and write songs every day and lead the worship in their Christian church group. Readers are treated to a blog account of what happens in Izzy's life as she prepared for her audition for the hit television show, International Pop Star Challenge. Adding to the whole inspirational and devotional aspect were Bible passages and prayers related to a particular blog entry. Story-wise, I thought the writing was very solid and believable, yet imaginative. This is the first time I read a story written through blog entries and I admire unique presentations of a story. It's difficult to maintain that authenticity when writing a blog post because the prose becomes too impersonal and too 'out there' that you just read for the sake of reading, not really for getting into the story. In this case, it was done creatively that you find yourself getting sucked into Izzy's world and feeling like you were actually there just reading through her 'blog.' You also don't just get into what's currently happening to Izzy, you can also read between the lines with what's happening to her friends and family. For example, there was an incident wherein Izzy had a covert falling out with her best friend and although it was not too obvious and told through Izzy's perspective, you knew how the best friend felt as there were no blog comments from her for a few days and even when she commented, it sounded stilted and reserved and you knew that things weren't fine yet. Just because the story was told through Izzy's point of view did not lessen the experience of getting to know the other characters involved. Non-fiction-wise, this daily devotional that read like a novel kicked up the standard of daily devotional books a notch as it made each day's message more inspiring and enlightening through Izzy's story. The reader would be able to appreciate the Bible passages more as Izzy's story provided a good example for what the verses talked about. This is a good book for young girls and teenagers to read daily, I am very sure that this would help them get through their daily lives and following their dreams. For an adult of twenty-five, I found this pretty moving and empowering and it made me feel closer to God because I was able to recognize His hand through everything that happened in Izzy's life, which in turn made me see His hand in everything that happened in mine. This is a very compelling and endearing read that many people would enjoy. If you are like Izzy who has a dream to reach - and I bet we all have one - this is a very good book to read in order to help you make yours a reality, and to understand God's plan for everything that happens in your life.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Hollywood native Izzy Baxter has come far with her pop star dream. As a contestant of "International Pop Star Challenge," she travels to Harajuku, Paris, Buenos Aires, and New York to finally make that dream come true, but she's going to have to overcome life's obstacles before she gets there. Izzy's Pop Star Plan is a 90-day devotional with strong Christian approaches on dealing with jealousy, anger, grief, sadness, moving on, helping others, disappointment, intimidation, good tidings, displaying faith, companionship, abandonment, staying true to yourself and your faith, dating, teenage rebellion, heartbreak, standing out, and worship and praise. The story isn't that exciting; I wasn't exactly excited to see what happened next. It just describes day-to-day things, and I definitely saw the "happily ever after" coming, but the few dramatic twists and turns in the middle are worthwhile. Izzy's discoveries and personal dilemmas are well-portrayed and the way she faces her fears and makes tough decisions is moving and affecting. Izzy as a narrator is likable enough, but the main problem I had is how UNCHARACTERISTICALLY she acts for a 16-year-old. She's way too mature and her thinking process is literally that of an adult's; I don't care how "Christian" she is... teenagers just don't act that way. On the other hand, sometimes she acts like a baby, crying every time her father leaves the house, refusing to date guys because her dad told her not to (hello???), and being too dependent on other people. And yet she discovers, on her own, God's messages? The character is just unrealistic and contradictory to me. She doesn't act like an adolescent; she acts either childishly and immaturely, or like a boring adult, so I couldn't quite place her as a real person. However, I was proud of her because she overcomes her homesickness and the challenges thrown her way, in order to pursue her lifelong aspirations; she's a dynamic character and Marestaing did a great job demonstrating her growth through gospel. Overall, her, her family, and her friends are living in a naïve, blind Christian world that doesn't realistically depict real life, but then again this is a juvenile novel so I guess Marestaing was aiming for the grossly oversimplified and positive outlook. Izzy's Pop Star Plan is a Christian-tinted self-improvement devo set to an agreeable tune. As a devotional, this book is very heavy on God-this and God-that—way too preachy for me—but as a debut novel, it's sentimental and promising. Pros: Blog format with comments—felt like a real online journal // Evocative of countries Izzy travels to // Solid Christian approaches to everyday human emotions and difficulties // Lots of character growth Cons: Not very exciting or fun // Very predictable // Izzy doesn't act like a 16-year-old... she acts like she's 30 one day, and 3 on another. There's sadly no in-between // Competition results are way too idealized; nothing disappointing ever happens to her career // Preachy Verdict: Touching and full of the honest emotion only found in a teenager's diary, Alex Marestaing's first novel is an entertaining daily devotional about finding yourself through friends, family, new experiences, new people, good music, and of course, God. Izzy takes readers with her on her adventures around the world, giving fascinating glimpses of the reality show industry, pop star fame, and Christian lifestyle. I personally didn't enjoy the cheery storyline that seemed to always be favorable to the main character, but I do think middle-grade girls (ages 9-12) will like it. 6 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back. Source: Complimentary copy provided by BookSneeze in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book!
SpasticNotPlastic More than 1 year ago
As a BookSneeze blogger, I received Izzy's Popstar Plan by Alex Marestaing to review. It's is an okay book, not that special. It's written by a father, so props to him for writing in a teenage girl's perspective. However, the diary-like entries were too detailed for me, sorry, sorry, it's a BLOG. I really don't think a girl would blog this, though: "I nervously twisted the mega-long sleeves of my sparkly blue dress...." Um, NO. Other than that, Marestaing had a good plot. A girl with a dream, very universal. Maybe too overused. Well you shoud just read it for yourself.
nchokkan More than 1 year ago
I chose this book mainly for its creative idea and amazingly cool layout (you should see it to believe it!). This reads like archives of a blog (so you don't have that guilty feeling of reading someone's diary :)), it even has user comments sprinkled here and there. But when you complete this book, it gives a sort of biography feel, including a daily prayer element. Izzy is the main character in this book and she writes 90 blog posts, about participation in a major talent event. She learns many things, expresses lot of emotions thro her blog entries and sometimes readers help her, sometimes they don't (or worst, they try to confuse her and she has to make some really hard choices!) As the book has all short chapters, it is ideal for those who want a quick read. But beware, it embeds lot of useful thoughts (or at least thought provoking insights) in between those tidbits of information, in such a way that you are not bored. In fact this book can be completed in a single reading. But you need to think a lot about the ideas / choices discussed in the book. Very interesting idea. Hopefully, we will get more blog-books in future, following in Izzy's footsteps! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze dot com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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."