Dollar store book! As a member of the LDS church, I'm naturally curious about famous Latter-day Saints. So I picked up this story about the Idol runner-up. I like to pretend I'm a writer, so when I read books it's often for the style of the writing as much as for what is written. I was really curious about how much the Church would be mentioned in the book, how 'preachy' it might be.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's funny hearing stories from people younger than me (and Archuleta is a good ten years my junior) on overcoming their challenges because they almost make it sound like they've already finished their existence and they're reflecting on their struggle and how they overcame them. Not to diminish the story at all, because I enjoyed it. I am, however, thoroughly entertained when young people say, "This has been the dream of my life!" and I think kid, you're only 16! You haven't had a life!
That being said, I did enjoy the story of hope, taking risks, and overcoming challenges. I won't go into too much detail, but like I said earlier, I like to pretend I'm a writer and I have my own fantasies of writing professionally when I grow up (read, when my children are older and my life as a mother to infants and young children evolves into a period when I can dedicate a few hours every day to practice my craft). The book is full of encouragement and I really felt I could fulfill any dream of my heart.