Reality Boy

Reality Boy

A Novel

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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."
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Edition: EBOOK AUDIO
ISBN: 9781478926207
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artemishi
May 16, 2015

Reality Boy is lovely. A.S. King, as usual, tackles the teen experience in America with some brutal honesty. That's what this author does: reality.

I may never have gone to school with kids who were on a "reality TV" show (I'm too old for that, thank goodness), but I knew plenty of kids who were angry, and didn't have a clear way to okay.

We all know that "reality TV" is farcical, where editors create storylines out of people's lives and NOBODY is represented accurately or fairly. But combining that with a bad home life (actually, two separate instances of bad home life) and resulting in characters who are real, pitiable but not necessarily likable, and a hero's journey of fixing yourself....it was lovely.

This was a fairly quick read, mostly because it's engaging. I really liked Gerald's voice, and the snarky narrative humor woven throughout, and the concept that anger is okay and accepting the humility and risk of love is okay. So I'm officially an A.S. King fan now.

Also, I listened to this via audiobook, and the narrator did a great job. There's a lot of swearing but it's edited as "Eff this" throughout....I couldn't tell if that was an edit done by the author, or the audiobook publisher.

I highly recommend this for fans of contemporary YA, classic but realistic 'coming of age' stories, people whose home lives were messed up or who have sympathy for those folks, fans of realism and honesty in narrative voice and (of course) anyone who had read and liked any A.S. King novel.

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