Something Real

Something Real

Book - 2014
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Since the cancellation of her family's reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show's producers decide to bring "Baker's Dozen" back on the air.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805097948
0805097945
Branch Call Number: YA F DEM

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indigo_sparrow_7
Jan 31, 2015

I loved this book. much better than expected, honestly. Highly recommended

FindingJane Nov 30, 2014

“Something Real” deals with a very topical subject with no-holds-barred bluntness. Personally, I have never been a fan of reality television because 1) I have reality; why would I watch tv for it unless it’s a nature documentary? and 2) I’ve always suspected that there’s nothing “real” about reality tv. This book confirms my suspicions and more than justifies my dislike of the genre. However, this novel is more than an indictment of this particular visual form. It’s a searing look into the life of the people who are caught up in it: the parents who are supposed to be rearing their children but turn every family moment into a photo op; the children struggling to find their individuality versus the roles that producers have decided on for them and the fans—the crazed, rabid, snooping, prying, texting, picture-snapping fans—who simply can’t or won’t understand that their adulation is not what a growing child needs. It’s a bold look into the mind of one Chloe, née Bonnie, Baker, who desperately wants to scratch out a personal life for herself but has no idea how to do it. The yawing emotions of an adolescent, the struggle for self-possession and privacy where none is allowed are captured with such utter honesty that it’s hard to let Chloe go after you finish. She’s not perfect and there are times when she’s not pretty. But she becomes “real” in a way that only a brilliantly written fictional character can be. In a day and age when surveillance is almost everywhere, this book gets right to the heart of how such constant observation adversely affects human behavior. Big Brother IS watching.

bewa2423 Nov 10, 2014

Just finished reading this book. Could not put it down once I got into it! Really connected with the characters, very life like writing. Would highly recommend this book to anyone...

JCLDianeH Mar 31, 2014

Anyone wanting to be famous would be advised to read this book first.

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Violet_Bird_30
Mar 23, 2014

This is SUCH an amazing book! Highly recommended!

LizFlower7 Mar 22, 2014

Engrossing! I read it all In one weekend and LOVED the relationships in the story.

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white_rabbit_614 Jun 27, 2014

white_rabbit_614 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 45

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