Remember the train wreck that was TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus Eight”? Imagine being one of those kids … growing up in the spotlight … watching your parents’ marriage fall apart in the public eye … and then years later, being dragged back into the spotlight.
That’s sort of the idea behind Something Real by Heather Demetrios, the coming-of-age story for one unusual teenage girl, who is forced to fight her inner demons and stand up to the ones she loves most in extreme circumstances.
Something Real paints the unique story of Bonnie Baker (who goes by “Chloe” now), who is just starting to recover from the traumatic experience of growing up in front of reality TV cameras. She’s finally established some real friendships and may finally have her first real boyfriend – when those traumatic TV cameras come barreling unwanted back into her life.
Demetrios does a masterful job of capturing the real horror of live in front of the cameras, while balancing the angst with humor and romance. Each element of this book is written elegantly, and the balance is a perfect tone for a coming-of-age story that makes you cringe, soar, and fight back right along with Bonnie/Chloe.
Something Real is in stores February 4th. here is the official synopsis:
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.