There’s nothing real about reality TV.
Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.
I loved Bonnie Baker. She is the somewhat typical former child star. Her siblings and her were part of a massive reality show revolving around their family. When the show was somewhat cancelled (somewhat because they had the option to restart it), Bonnie was left damaged. She lives in fear that she might be recognized due to the show. When her mom has a very unwelcome surprise for her, Bonnie is very afraid that her life will be on repeat.
Bonnie had an interesting character. I could understand why she did not want to be on T.V.; so many people seem to want to be on T.V., but I, too, would rather keep my privacy. Her character shows interesting development during the novel. I would have liked to get to know her other siblings better; I felt that I barely knew any of their names. I LOVED the ending; I cannot emphasize the unusual twist at the end as the best reason to read this novel. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
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