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Something Real by Heather Demetrios: Promo and Giveaway!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Winner of the 2012 PEN New England Discovery Award!

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.

Goodreads Summary

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.

4 Stars


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  1. Roses said...:

    I've always been intrigued by the behind the scenes of a tv show or the backstory of an actor. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  1. cheryl c said...:

    I think it would be interesting to read about the behind the scenes story of a reality show.

  1. Natasha said...:

    I like that it is about being on a tv show and what happens in life beyond the show.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. bn100 said...:

    the main character sounds interesting

  1. Unknown said...:

    It sounds like a cute contemporary! And I like that it's behind the scenes of a show-- interesting!

  1. I like that it's about a reality show, and sounds interesting.

  1. Unknown said...:

    I've heard about this book. It sounds interesting :)

  1. LAWonder said...:

    I love large families and would like to have more sit coms like this actually come back onto TV viewing.
    I think it is fun to realize how much pressure those in the public eye really feel and experience.