Something Real is a novel about Bonnie (AKA Chloe) Baker, a star of the reality show “Baker’s Dozen”. Her family—including her 12 siblings—are all displayed for the entire world to see, and judge. Bonnie does not handle the situation well and struggles to create a normal life for herself. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I picked up this book because I was in love with Demetrios’s latest book, I’ll Meet You There. One thing that I’ve noticed is that she is really great at dealing with difficult topics without making the whole book depressing. It seems like the last chunk of books that I’ve read have all been really dark and depressing. I was really looking for a novel that I could speed through and still feel warm at the end of it. This book definitely delivered! It deals with topics such as abuse, homosexuality, suicide, and divorce without feeling too…heavy. She also isn’t making light of the topics either. It really is a perfect balance.
Something Real is a commentary on today’s reality shows and how it affects the stars. It reminds me of shows like “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and “18 Kids and Counting”. Viewers at home watch them as entertainment, but how is all the camera time impacting those children? It’s interesting because this book came out before all of the scandals from “18 Kids and Counting” came out…
I also think that it is very appropriate that Demetrios mentions the book 1984 several times. That book is all about Big Brother watching, which is the main theme of this book. I actually kept thinking about the TV show “Big Brother” and how people act differently when cameras are on them. It’s one thing when you have set recording times, but when the world can see your life streamed 24/7—wow—talk about lack of privacy. I know I wouldn’t deal well with that at all.
I found some of the siblings in the book to be just there, which I guess is sort of the point. When you have thirteen children, you don’t really have time to learn much about all of them. I did really love the sibling connection between Bonnie and Benny. Even though Benny is twins with Lexie, I think that Bonnie and Benny have the twin connection. It is nice to see a set of siblings that are actually really close and are more like best friends.
I would recommend this to anyone—especially if you hate, or love to hate, reality TV. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
***** 5/5 Stars
If you like books like this, you should also check out these books:
I'll Meet You There
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?