Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reality Boy by A.S. King - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Reality Boy
Author: A.S. King
Date of Publication: October 22nd, 2013

My Reality Boy PRE-READING

Synopsis: Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.


Review: Although this book wasn't exactly what I expected, I enjoyed reading it. The story follows a teenager with anger management problems who has infamously been dubbed the Crapper after appearing on the reality tv show Network Nanny as a child. The teenage comes from quite the dysfunctional family.

Throughout the book, chapters cover the episodes in which the family were featured on Network Nanny. I really liked these chapters because you got to see why he become the teenager he is. 

This book really makes you think about the people you see on reality television. What happens after? And what actually happened during?

I could see this book as an indie movie with awesome indie fantasy scenes, maybe with cartoons, puppets, or some sort of elaborate paper folding.

This book is an enjoyable read and really delves into a unique teenager's life. I give this book a 4/5.


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