Grace Unplugged is the story of Grace Trey, a young woman who’s lived her life in the shadows of her once rock star dad and strives to reach her own musical stardom. When she gets her big break, she runs away to L.A. to see if she can prove herself as a musical artist. Although she gets her dream, it doesn’t live up to her expectations.
Living in Nashville, Grace Unplugged is a familiar story to me. Locals joke that every waiter or fast food employee is actually a singer/songwriter wannabe. And it’s not far from the truth. I’ve never seen so much talent compressed into such a small geographic area. The difference with Grace Unplugged is that Grace does break in and lives the life that others only dream about. However, there’s a dark side to the celebrity life, and Grace Unplugged delves into that dark side.
The novel by Melody Carlson is based on the movie by the same name. The movie will be released in theaters in October. One thing I really liked about the book is that while this is definitely Grace’s story, Ms. Carlson includes a couple of chapters from the dad’s point of view. I appreciated that she showed how both father and daughter were struggling in their relationship with each other.
One thing I’m not crazy about is that the summary and tagline don’t exactly match the story. The back of the book says that Grace is passionate about her faith, but we don’t see any evidence of that other than she enjoys rocking out during worship time. Also, the tagline says, “Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong”. That disturbs me because Grace runs away from home in order to chase her dreams. I would hate to think young girls might interpret that to mean it’s ok for them to run away in order to get where God wants them to be. The novel itself is a great spiritual journey that young adults especially will be able to appreciate.
A story about a talented young performer needs a great soundtrack in order to truly bring the story to life. I can’t wait to watch the movie and get to hear for myself the sounds of Grace Trey and her dad, Johnny Trey.
Would you like to receive your own copy of Grace Unplugged? Just post a comment and on September 6th, I’ll be drawing a name for one lucky reader to win their own Grace Unplugged novel.
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