Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805097948, 406pp.
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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.
Heather Demetrios' "Something Real "is the winner of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award.
"Smart, funny book that kids will binge read." —Booklist "Given the oversaturation of reality television and the strength of the celebrity gossip industrial complex, Demetrios’s addictive yet thoughtful debut, about a teenage TV star in search of normalcy, comes as a welcome reprieve." —Publishers Weekly "This chilling satire follows one teenager’s efforts to escape from the reality TV franchise financially supporting her large family. . . Sobering and thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot." —Kirkus Reviews "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." —School Library Journal Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award