Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
“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”
Oh how much I loved this book. It really hit me in the feels. All the characters were just fantastic. The story was fantastic. It was really was an amazing book. So lets start off with the characters. Chloe (Bonnie™). She is just so awesome. After all those years that she was in the television show she didn’t end up like her sister who just wanted to be the center of attention. She wanted the normal life. And no this is not some cheesy Hannah Montana type of ordeal. I loved her relationship with her brother. I think all those scenes that she had bonding and talking are really my favorite scenes in the book.
What I do not like is her relationship with her mother. I am not angry at Chloe really, I am VERY mad at her mother. All those years when they weren’t on the TV show. She could’ve spent more time bonding with Chloe, but nope she didn’t. Even after Chloe’s accident she didn’t really care for Chloe like a mother should care. And one she told Chloe they weren’t going back on TV, I just. I literally grabbed my book screamed “NO!” at the top of my lungs hoping that her mother would understand not do the TV show. Her mother thinks its all good. its all good. This TV show would be good for their lives. Doesn’t she remember what happened 4 years ago. The accident. That accident was made because of the TV show. That mother really annoyed me. Not annoy as childish annoy, I mean angry annoy. how can she treat Chloe like that?! I just wanted to slap her every time she opened her mouth!
*calming down* Okay back to the other characters. Benton. her brother. Oh how much I loved him. He was just the sweetest older brother this girl could ever have. Just like her he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. All those scenes have together really made me shed a few tears. It was just a great brother-sister relationship. We didn’t really get to know all the other siblings other than Benton and her sister who I can’t remember the name now…….. but I think the story would’ve been the same even if we did get to know all the siblings so I was fine with not getting to know them.
Patrick Sheldon. The love interest. I did not trust him at first it took a while for me to get used to him and not strangle him. I just thought at first he would be using Chloe but no.. He is not that guy. I learn from my mistakes. About halfway through the book I was finally shipping it. It took a while but now the ship is sailing.
the story itself was genuinely tearful. I did cry a few time reading this book. I saw how much Chloe progressed in life. How much she learned about this reality TV show. It really upset me to see how much she went through without having anyone to talk to except her brother because she didn’t want to be in the spotlight. This a somewhat serious contemporary. It’s not something I recommend for first time readers. Someone who is really really into reading would absolutely love this book. Even though it will be kinda rough for first time readers I say read the book either way. It was a fantastic book and it is something you will enjoy.
“Somehow, the pain and rage and confusion of the past eighteen years dissolves until all that is left is this one perfect moment; unscripted, unedited, it’s ours and ours alone.”
― Heather Demetrios, Something Real
“I’m not Bonnie™ or Chloe. I’m the essence of her, the nontrademarked person the camera can never capture and my parents have no right to sign over. There is a sovereign nation encased in this skin that MetaReel can never trademark.”
― Heather Demetrios, Something Real