The Resource Something real, Heather Demetrios

Something real, Heather Demetrios

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Something real
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Something real
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Heather Demetrios
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eng
Summary
Since the cancellation of her family's reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show's producers decide to bring "Baker's Dozen" back on the air
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YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Bonnie&trade Baker had been on the reality show Baker’s Dozen her whole life—until it folded after Bonnie’s suicide attempt four years ago. Since then, the family has started over in California (Bonnie’s dad has left and her mom, Beth, has remarried), and Bonnie, now Chloe, is incognito. It even feels safe to start a relationship with her crush, Patrick. Then, a shock! Beth re-ups Bonnie and her 12 siblings for a new season—Baker’s Dozen: Fresh Batch. Books about kids on reality shows are a recent minitrend, but first-time novelist Demetrios does a particularly good job of capturing this phenomenon, wrapping it in both sleaze and excitement. Bonnie and her gay brother, Benton&trade, are the focus, and their considerable anguish, especially when it comes to paparazzi and missing-in-action parents, is palpable. Meanwhile, Bonnie’s romance with understanding Patrick is so sweet that readers won’t mind that no such teen boy exists in reality. Interview transcripts and episode excerpts heighten the reality of this smart, funny book that kids will binge read, sorta like watching a Teen Mom marathon. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 04-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 15, p87)
  • 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. Chloe Baker (“Bonnie™” to viewing audiences) grew up as a young star of Baker’s Dozen, a cross between Big Brother and Jon & Kate Plus 8. MetaReel Productions tracked her family’s every move for years until Chloe attempted suicide at age 13; four years later, Chloe’s mother has agreed to let the cameras back into their lives. Unlike Chloe’s 11 siblings, many of whom were adopted from around the globe, Chloe and her closeted brother, Benny, aren’t ready to rejoin the media circus. Though there’s plenty of prime time–worthy drama, the book isn’t all paparazzi chases and trash-talk dished out in interviews with producers. Instead, Demetrios smartly focuses on Chloe and Benny’s fight to fit in, pursue romantic relationships, and be their real selves while trying to maintain a sliver of privacy. A natural follow-up for fans of A.S. King’s recent Reality Boy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 18, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 46, p)
  • This chilling satire follows one teenager's efforts to escape from the reality TV franchise financially supporting her large family. Chloe's suicide attempt abruptly ended her family's 19 Kids and Counting–style reality show. During the following four camera-free years, she changed her name and overcame debilitating panic attacks, successfully concealing her fame. Now a high school senior on the cusp of a new romance, Chloe panics when an invasive new reality show contract exposes her identity. Genuinely terrified of exposing herself and her friends to public criticism and humiliation, Chloe begs for privacy. The convincingly malevolent program producer responds with threats of financial ruin for the entire family, and Chloe's monstrous mother dismisses the requests as selfish teen rebellion--even implying that Chloe's suicide attempt ruined the family. In her real life, Chloe longs for her family's acceptance, but their continual refusal to consider her needs leads to periodic outbursts of frustrated rage--which are then cited as evidence of her instability. Throughout the frustrating cycle of absurdity, Chloe's unflinchingly raw voice avoids didacticism as she grapples with privacy in the modern age. Discussions of Orwell's 1984 in her civics class also provide surprisingly natural opportunities for readers to consider how their own media-consumption habits may be contributing to a culture that seems disinclined to value others' right to privacy. Sobering and thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot. (Fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
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Demetrios, Heather
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Reality television programs
  • Families
  • Young adult fiction
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adolescent
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Something real, Heather Demetrios
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780805097948
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(hardback)
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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Label
Something real, Heather Demetrios
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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22 cm.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780805097948
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(hardback)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780805097948

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