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Reality Boy

King, A. S. (eBook - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Reality Boy


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"An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell"--
Authors: King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-
Title: Reality Boy
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 1 online resource (353 pages)
Content Type: text
Media Type: computer
Carrier Type: online resource
Summary: "An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell"--
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 0316239941
9780316239943
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Report This Apr 18, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you ever wondered what happened to those kids you see on those Nanny 911 type shows, this shows you what could be. Gerald was on a show called "Network Nanny" when he was five. He became infamous for a particularly gross thing he would do in an effort to get someone to pay attention the fact that he wasn't the problem in the family. We go back to see the show being filmed and see how much is staged and how much is edited out to make it look like that Gerald is the problem when he probably causes the least. Now seventeen, Gerald suffers from anger problems, still lives in a horribly toxic environment, takes special ed classes, and the real problem in his family has everyone in their grasp. It's unforgiving, depressing, traumatizing, but still hopeful as the girl from register #7 at his job gets a name that he enjoys using. You're left with an open ending but enough that you can see that there's a chance for Gerald despite his reality tv show past.

Report This Dec 23, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book cements A.S. King as one of my all-time favorite authors. What a fantastic writing style, sense of character, and plotting. Nothing is predictable in King's books, and she doesn't let her characters or plot revel in angst.

Report This Oct 12, 2013
  • JCLDennisR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What happens when the reality show doesn't need your family any more?

Report This Aug 26, 2013
  • Undercover_reader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great concept. What happens to the kids whose parents make them be the subject of a reality TV show? Gerald was 5 years old when his family starred in a Super Nanny type of show; now he's 17 and all anyone knows about him is what they saw onscreen 12 years ago when he was known as "the Crapper."

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