Thursday, March 26, 2015

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real

This was an impulsive library pickup.  I vaguely remember seeing it on blogs last year, but nothing specific.

The Good
Great Concept – Chloe (or BonnieTM ) Baker grew up on a reality TV show.  From birth to age 13 she lived on camera.  It’s well executed to show how not real reality television is from all of Bonnie’s clothing on the show being selected by someone else, to reshooting certain scenes for product placement.

Sibling relationship/friendships -  I enjoyed Chloe’s relationship with her brother Benton (Benny).  Most of her siblings don’t get much time in the book (there are 12 of them), but Chloe and Benny and fun together and supportive when they both really need some emotional support due to the show.  The friends Chloe made at school during the year before the show went back on the air are supportive when I REALLY needed her to have some.

The Bad
One dimensional villains – It’s hard imagine a mother being as insensitive her daughter’s emotional trauma as Beth seems to be.  And the show’s producer Chuck is evil.  Neither of these are deal killers for the book because they are both totally possible – just unbelievably frustrating.

The Results
This was an entertaining, fun read.  I don’t want to give away much of the plot so I didn’t say much but this was definitely an enjoyable quick read.
For those who like star ratings – 3.5 out of 5 stars

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