Title: Spotlight
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Zondervan
Series: On the Runway
Pages: 224
Released: October 12, 2010


Paige and Erin Forrester are back and this time they’re traveling to London, England with their show On the Runway to film interviews and to have Paige guest star in a TV show there. If only it could go that smoothly. With a tip-off from Paige herself about their location and horrendous rumors swirling around the gossip mill, this trip across the pond is a recipe for disaster.

Naturally, it’s now up to Erin to find a way to keep everything together. But, with everything going on lately, Erin is starting whether or not she’s enabling her sister and is getting tired of being the one to always repair her sister’s mistakes. Will the show fall apart or will Erin keep it all together?

Melody Carlson is my favorite young adult writer for a reason. She’s one of the few authors I know that can one of the shallowest subjects in the world, high fashion, and make it deep and give facts about things other than fashion. The author chose a perfect subject for teen girls because what teenaged girl doesn’t like clothing and shoes? But she adds deep thoughts and makes you think.

Erin is the main character outlet for the deepness of the book but like all of us she is flawed and sometimes has a skewed view of things. It makes her more realistic and endearing. To counteract this the author adds friends who are as down-to-earth as she is. They offer her a third party view to her family and mainly her sister.

Naturally, with the subject matter, there has to be someone on the shallow end of the spectrum. That person is Erin’s sister, Paige. Paige is the older sister, yet she acts like the youngest. She must have her way and if she doesn’t get it, she’ll do just about anything to get it, even if all that is is the silent treatment. This causes conflict between everyone about her.

Unlike most teen books, Erin doesn’t feel the need to be in a relationship, so she isn’t. Not for lack of trying on the guys’ part, though. Erin decided that she wants to put the show first and to back-off on having a boyfriend at tis time in her life. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t romance. Both the sisters are trying not to be wooed by more than one man. It’s interesting to wonder who each one are going to pick, or at least Erin, since she’s the one on the fence as to which on she likes the most.

This author is a master at teen fiction. She’s written over two hundred book for young adults and it shows in the story telling and how well she understands the teen mind. She craft-fully incorporates faith into every story and she makes every story seem real every main character lovable and realistic. I haven’t read one of her books that I haven’t liked and I don’t think I will very often if at all.

Overall, a great surprisingly deep book on fashion for young adults. I fully recommend this, and any of her others, to all teen girls. I give this book three and a half out of five.

I received this book from Zondervan in order for this review. All the opinions expressed are my own.