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Something Real (2014)

by Heather Demetrios(Favorite Author)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 5
Henry Holt BYR
review 1: Bonnie Baker grew up in a reality show about her large family, until her actions pulled the plug when she was thirteen. Now she is just an average high school senior, crushing on the guy next to her in government class, until her mom signs the family up for a new season. Torn between supporting the family she loves and escaping the reality show life she hates, Bonnie has to make some hard choices about who she is and who she wants to be. I bought this book because I read an arc for I'll Meet You There, publishing in 2015, and it was so, so good. I came into this one with really high expectations, and I found myself a little, tiny bit disappointed. It was a good book. The romance was sweet and I was cheering for it. The tv producer was awful and threatening, and I wa... mores rooting for his downfall. My problem was with Bonnie because she was just so unsure about everything, which frustrates me in books and real life, so, not the character's fault. The plot seemed just as paralyzed as Bonnie's character at times, so the pacing wasn't perfect. Overall, I got sucked into the book and had genuine interest in the outcome. I'm taking my copy to my high school classroom library, and I think many of my students will enjoy this. Language and situations are high school appropriate.
review 2: The cute boy was indeed awesome, maybe a bit too awesome to compensate for the whiny Bonnie. She didn't want to do the show, she hated mom and dad, she was being hounded by the paparazzi...I get it. But I do wish that she showed a little more guts, or showed more redeeming qualities for readers to understand why she was America's (unwilling) sweetheart. The supporting characters were done extremely well by Heather Demetrios. Benton's my favorite. less
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I loved this book but it's a little too high school for my middle school bunch.
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! Such an original story
Fun read. Loved the love interest Patrick.
loved it!
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