Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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First Line: I’m the kid you saw on TV.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.
Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
Reality Boy is the story of a teenage boy named Gerald with anger management issues stemming from the experiences he had as a child. Gerald’s mother invites a reality TV show into Gerald’s home when he’s five years old. What results is a “Supernanny” type show that revolves around Gerald and his apparent bad behavior and anger issues. Gerald earns a reputation in school because of this show. The show has haunted him throughout his life.
When Reality Boy was recommended to me, I thought the plot sounded super interesting! When you watch reality shows, you often wonder what happens to the people in them! Did the couple on The Bachelor really stay together? Are the people on Jersey Shore friends in real life? Do the kids on Supernanny actually change their behavior for good? So I was ready to get into this book!
In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed. The flashbacks to Gerald’s time on the show were pretty interesting, but the chapters set in the present left much to be desired. To me, it was basically just the ramblings of an angry, teenage boy who resents his family for ruining his life. Gerald spends the entire book wrestling with his anger (and whether he should ask out the cute girl from work). It was a bit tiring.
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Reality Boy is a quick read. It had short chapters. I finished reading it in a day! But as for the storyline… meh! Wasn’t for me. Here’s a recap of my review:
If you’re interested in checking out the book, you can find it here!