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Estelle: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy by A.S. King ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: reality TV, anger management, family dynamics Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: A small part of Gerald’s childhood was documented on Network Nanny, and 12 years later, he […]

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March 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

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November 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The short chapters definitely kept me flipping the pages and Gerald’s voice is fantastic. His story is so heartbreaking and it’s made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that there are real kids who are forced on reality TV shows without their consent.

As always, great review!

November 4, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad this book made such an impression on you! I’m a bit of a reality show junkie, so the premise of this one is pretty interesting to me. It would be very fascinating to see the author’s take on what it’s like for one of the kids who was on a reality show as a child to grow up and try to move on from that reputation he’s been accosted with. I’ve never read an A.S. King book yet, but this definitely sounds good!

November 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Judith - I always get angry at reality shows like this. Sure, they are enjoyable from time to time, but I hate when there are kids that didn’t sign up to be on TV. In a way, that can be seen as some form of child abuse. In fact, I feel the same way about parents who put every picture of their child on Facebook. The kid didn’t ask for it, that’s for sure. It’s a weird thing, really. I don’t like it. Just because of this reason, I am interested to see how I will feel about this book. I might just get all ragey like the MC though, haha.

October 30, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love how this looks at our contemporary entertainment landscape and its effect on families-I didn’t love my first King book (Please Ignore Vera Dietz) but I think I might like this one more and I hope to try it.

October 30, 2013 - 10:25 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I completely agree with EVERYTHING, Estelle! This was my first King as well and I’m definitely going to read her others. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I sat down to read this, but it STILL has an impact on me (I read in back in April-ish for a book tour). Half a year later and I’m still haunted by this book? Bravo, King!

Seriously, the happiest moments in this book were the most heartbreaking.

& I think this is one of the first times where the cover model looked EXACTLY how I pictured the character. That boy IS Gerald.

October 29, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I remember seeing this cover and thinking the book definitely wasn’t for me, then I finally read the description and was intrigued, and after everything you said I really want to read it.

This is the third book I’ve heard about recently that deals with children who were on reality TV shows as kids. I read You Look Different in Real Life (which was about a documentary, but same idea) earlier this year and didn’t like it, but I’m excited to read Something Real which comes out next year.

October 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Allison L - I’ve heard good things about A.S. King’s books but have yet to actually read one myself. Reality Boy sounds like it has alot of promise based on your review. I also feel like I need to read more books that have male points of view. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list! 🙂

October 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

alice-jane - I’m glad to hear that Reality Boy didn’t disappoint! I requested it but I haven’t gotten to it yet. A.S King is a great writer who writes about difficult topics and I loved Ask the Passengers.

October 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

BookChic - Great review! I love A.S. King’s books (I think I’ve only read two though- need to get caught up!) and so glad you had a great experience with this one. I’m hoping to get my copy soon (A.S. is sending me one) and cannot wait to dive in!