Izzy's Pop Star Plan by Alex Marestaing is a great, creative devotional book for girls! It is written as a daily blog and each day builds on those before it...so it reads a bit like a novel! I've never seen a devotional book in this format, and it seems that it is a great tool for teen girls.
The story follows a girl (Izzy) on her journey as a contestant on an international, pop-star singing competition (much like the television show American Idol.) After each "blog" entry, Izzy (or a commentor) includes a verse related to the content of the blog content for the day. Usually, a brief prayer is included, as well. The entries are interesting and cover a number of topics relevant to girls today--such as: God's unchanging love, sharing Christ's love, doing what's right when it's hard, obeying parents, and so much more. The story addresses mistakes Izzy makes, dating issues, fame/popularity, and more...all of it pointing to Christ and loving Him and others.
One concern that I do have with the book is that it is perhaps a bit superficial for a girl with a strong relationship with Jesus. While the book and its content are Bible based and inspiring, I would guess that a strong Christian will need more than just this short daily reading to keep her walk with Jesus strong. But that doesn't make the book any less interesting or encouraging for a strong Christian girl--she just will likely want to go deeper. On the other hand, the lack of depth may be just right for a new Christian who is just beginning a daily devotional time or even a non-believer who perhaps has an interest in faith.
All in all, I, as an adult, found the book interesting and believe any 12-16 year old might, too! Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending me a complimentary copy to review!