Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Reality Boy

Reality Boy
Reality Boy by A.S. King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lot can happen in 12 years. What most people don’t understand is that Gerald is not the 5 year old who threw temper tantrums on a reality TV show. His rage and unimaginable outbursts were recorded and shared for the entire world to watch and for the Internet to repeat constantly. Now he is nearly 17 years old and he continues to try and keep his anger under control, has no friends and has been stuck in the special education room for his entire school career. After he finally decides to reach out to a girl he works with, Gerald begins to come to terms with his dysfunctional life and the triggers inside it.

Reality Boy takes the idea of reality television and makes the reader think about life after the show. Are the people on the show the same off camera? What is not seen and how would that affect your feelings? What happens when the show is over? King does a superb job exploring life after a child star is no longer in the lime light. The scenes dispersed throughout the book pull the reader into the history of Gerald’s issues and brings depth and purpose to his actions. Readers looking for a realistic fiction read that has not been overworked will enjoy this coming of age tale.

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