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 showBaker’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…becauseBaker’s Dozenis 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.

A 2015 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Bank Street Best Book of the Year

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Publisher's Weekly says:

"Addictive yet thoughtful"

"A natural follow-up for fans ofA.S. King's recentReality Boy."

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Kirkus says:

"A chilling satire"

"Sobering and thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot."

"Chloe’s unflinchingly raw voice avoids didacticism as she grapples with privacy in the modern age."

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Booklist says:

"[A] smart, funny book that kids will binge read"

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School Library Journal says:

"With likable protagonists and snappy dialogue, Something Real credibly zooms in on reality TV’s impact on unwilling subjects–a shoo-in for teens drawn to contemporary romance and drama."