Publisher Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date:February 4,2014
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance| Coming Of Age
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, 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 that 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.
When I read the summary of the book, I wasn’t sure how much I was going enjoy it, I’m not big of reality TV shows. Because it was different than the others I have read, I decided to give a book a chance and check it out. I’m happy that I did , I fell in love with the story, the characters in first few pages of a story, I couldn’t, no I did not want to put the book down. I was sucked into Bonnie’s story and I was rooting for her all through the book, to find a way to escape it all, to finally be free. I don’t know how she lasted as long as she did on TV, I would have lost it a long time ago. Despite her mother saying she’s drama queen, she’s not, she was the one who forced her to be on TV from early age. It would drive anyone crazy. Not only did this book had an unique, interesting storyline but it was well written. The descriptions, the emotions were so well written that I felt like I could feel everything she was feeling. It felt real. You couldn’t help but fall in love with Something Real .
There were few emotions that went through me while I read the novel. Sadness, Anger, Laughter. Sadness for Bonnie, she has been through so much through the years. After an apparent suicide attempt, how could her mom not see how much being on TV affected her? Only one emotion I had towards her mother, anger. How could any mother treat any of her children of how she treated Bonnie? I felt like screaming at her most of time, all she seemed to care about is being on TV and how she made her look. All that her mother seemed to care about is picking fights with her. It made me wonder, did she actually care about her kids? Or was fame more important to her. Once Bonnie & Benton said that they were leaving, and then moving out, I knew that it was. I couldn’t force myself to like their mother, she didn’t act like one. Half of time I wanted hug Bonnie; tell her that everything would turn out okay. All through it all, I hoped she would find a way out.
I loved a relationship between Bonnie & Benton; they had a special sibling bond. I think that only reason that two of them made it through so much, because they had each other. Benton was always there for her, when she had a breakdown, when their mother did something to upset her. She was there when truth about Benton came out. The two of them made a great team. If only every brother could be like that with their sister. I loved Patrick and Matt as well, they are another reason they came to decision to move out, to get it out of all. I was sure that Bonnie would push Patrick too far at one point, but in end I was happy that he came back to her. I loved fact that no matter what she did, he was always there. Not many guys would put up with how much he put with her, it made me realize that he did love her. She deserved it. The scenes between two of them always had me smiling. How could it not?
I love that the book had a bit humor added to it. Something Real is a debut that is worth checking out.