Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dreamby Scotty McCreery, Travis Thrasher

Published May 3rd 2016 by Zondervan

4 Stars

Synopsis: It was just a simple singing competition that would be fun to audition for. Who knew what kind of doors it might open for a sixteen-year-old from Garner, North Carolina.
Go Big or Go Home is the story of a kid with country songs in his soul. The special thing with Scotty McCreery, however, is that he has this God-given ability to sing those tunes the exact way they should be sung. Daring to enter the limelight at such a young age, Scotty finds himself embraced by the nation, and even overseas, as he competes on “American Idol”. This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and launching a musical career he had always dreamt about.
Go Big or Go Home narrates Scotty’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million across America tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol”. Now as he completes his ground-breaking fourth album, Scotty shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humbled guy who keeps asking “why me?”

My Review: I really enjoyed reading about Scotty McCreery’s journey. Go Big or Go Home isn’t an autobiography, Scotty calls it a travelogue of his life to this point. I loved the way this book was written. It was almost like you were sitting and talking to Scotty, with little tidbits thrown in when he remembered them. These were the comments from his fans, bandmates, friends etc. There is some of his childhood covered, but most of the book is about his time on American Idol and how his life changed after he won. I love how down to earth he is. He is humble and always gives credit to his family, his friends, teachers, bandmates and of course to God. He recognizes that his singing is a gift from God and he will do nothing to sully that. His faith is strong and very much a part of his life and I enjoyed hearing about that. You really get to know Scotty and his family in this book. Even though he is only 22, he has a lot of experiences to share and you can learn a lot from this young man. I am not an American Idol watcher, but I did see Scotty McCreery in concert a couple of years ago and after reading this book, I would probably go again. If you or someone you know is a Scotty McCreery fan, I highly recommend this book. And if you aren’t a fan, I suggest you read the book anyway as you may just become one. He is rather inspirational and you might learn something from this young man. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.