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She's got the life every girl wants, but ...

September 12, 2006|by DARCY SHULL

Review

Grace "Ace" Kincaid has got it all - fame, good looks and lots of money. The almost-16-year-old tennis superstar even has her own cosmetics line. She's got the life every girl wants.

But what happens when America's "it" girl doesn't want to be it anymore?

In "Amazing Grace," Grace decides that she wants to be free of the pressure of being a celebrity, tired of being stalked by the media and able to eat whatever she wants to.

The day before the U.S. Open, her mother, her lawyer and an undercover FBI agent named Ada whisk her away to a quiet Alaskan town (population 813). There, Grace becomes a completely different person and gets a chance at a normal life.

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"Amazing Grace" is a fun, uplifting book that made me think about the less exciting side of superstardom. It is filled with great examples of how a normal life - such as being able to eat eggs and toast for breakfast in the morning instead of a health drink - can be just as good as fame.

Also, the author does a good job describing the characters and the setting, and the characters speak as though they are real teenagers, so that it is easier for me to connect with them.

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