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Reality Boy
Reality Boy | A.S. King
24 posts | 29 read | 18 to read
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger. Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV 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. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that...until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.
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Bell_Queen
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Don‘t you just hate when a book ends? I really want to read more from Gerald. I wonder how he‘s doin‘.

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OriginalCyn620
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I would not have picked this up on my own, but ended up really enjoying it! This story is about Gerald, who at 5 years old was the star of a reality show, and at almost 17, he‘s still dealing with the aftermath of the show and his very dysfunctional family. He makes some not smart choices, but he‘s trying to get his life together, and I couldn‘t help but root for him. #lmpbc

B.Reader Omg, I remember this amazing and heartbreaking read. Thanks for the reminder—loved this one!! 3mo
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cwarnier
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#lmpbc #groupc @OriginalCyn620 @Victoriahoperose @whippoorwill815
Thanka for the opportunity to do this again with and awesome group. My favorite of all four books was Reality Boy.
I can't wait for the next round!

Victoriahoperose Glad you liked it! I‘m excited for next round also!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Looking forward to the next round too! 3mo
whippoorwill815 Fun graphic! And me too! 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This is the first chance I‘ve had all weekend to read. I‘m gonna enjoy it for as long as possible! #lmpbc #round5

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cwarnier
Reality Boy | A.S. King
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This is not something I would have picked up on my own, but ended up loving it. There were some parts of it that could have been left out. I felt like the rule # 5 (no touching each other) was a bit much, and gave the impression that young people can be carefree. I also wish they would have delved more into Tasha and why she was the way she was. Maybe a sequal.

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cwarnier
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I finally got everything mailed off today. I am super excited for the last lmpbc book this round.
I am also excited to see what I get in summer Santa and mystery message swaps.
Am I supposed to tag the people in these swaps that I am sending to?
@ReadingMermaid #mystermessageswap
@BookishMarginalia #summersantagoespostal
#lmpbc #groupc @Victoriahoperose @OriginalCyn620 @whippoorwill815

Victoriahoperose I sent my #lmpbc book out today also! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I can‘t wait to read this one! How is it that we‘re on the last book of this round already?! 😧 4mo
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cwarnier
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I am loving this book so much. Thanks for sharing @Victoriahoperose
@OriginalCyn620 @whippoorwill815 #lmpbc
I know this may be weird but I find it funny that Gerald took his frustrations out by crapping his pants when he was 5, and biting others when older.
With that being said, I did deal with a 4 year old who had daily accidents, and understand what it is like to clean it up.

Victoriahoperose It was really interesting to see all the reactions to his life and everything. I liked this one too! 4mo
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cwarnier
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If you cant tell already, I love my coffee and books. 😀
Here is my day. I have put this off all month as it has been a crazy end of the school year.
#lmpbc #groupc

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whippoorwill815
Reality Boy | A.S. King
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I vowed this round to be better about posting reviews for my #LMPBC books because everyone else in my group is so good and I suck! 😳 Better late than never!

I wavered between pick and so so but landed on pick. I was surprised how dark this was for YA and I wish some things were expanded on more. However, I think this had some really interesting commentary on our collective obsession with reality TV (I am certainly guilty of this!)

OriginalCyn620 Can‘t wait to read it! 4mo
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cwarnier
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Got this in the mail!
Adding this to my pile to read.
#lmpbc #grouoc
@Victoriahoperose @OriginalCyn620 @whippoorwill815

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whippoorwill815
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Finally happy to sit down and get some serious reading in today! #LMPBC

This is my new mug! I volunteered at a STEM event at a local middle school on Friday with some coworkers. The event is run by Junior League and they gave us these for helping out.

hermyknee Love the mug! 5mo
BiblioLitten Cool mug! 5mo
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whippoorwill815
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This arrived yesterday! Excited to hopefully get in some good #LMPBC reading this weekend!!

Victoriahoperose I hope you like it! Can‘t wait to see what everyone thinks. Definitely an interesting concept! 5mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Finished my book for #lmpbc next round. I liked this. It‘s pretty dark and twisted, but I think the message is really important. I can‘t wait to see what everyone else thinks!

OriginalCyn620 I like dark and twisted! 😉 6mo
whippoorwill815 So do I!! 6mo
Victoriahoperose @whippoorwill815 I spaced so bad this week and forgot to send this to you! I am going to send it tomorrow morning! I‘m so sorry. I don‘t know what happened this week!! 6mo
whippoorwill815 No worries ! I just got mine out on Friday afternoon! 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

I liked the premise of this book a lot - kid who‘s family was on a reality show when he was five deals with the after effects still when he is 17. But the main character did not catch my attention that much. And I found his actions worrying, and not well enough dealt with in the book.

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Readage
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• this is a daily occurrence for me... •

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ReadingSusan
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Panpan

Honestly I don't know why I finished this. I hated it.

stargazerblue49 I hate when that happens ☹️ 2y
ReadingSusan @stargazerblue49 I should have stopped but I kept hoping it would get better. 2y
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kite81
Reality Boy | A.S. King
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Gerald grew up with the glare of forced celebrity on him. His mother sent a letter when he was young to a show that got their family featured in a reality nanny 911 type series. Needless to say, this walks us through his past while he navigates his present. This book is breathtaking.

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RobertsElisha94
Reality Boy | A.S. King
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I really enjoyed this book. Loved the relatable characters, and the unique situations that they're put in. The only "bad" comment I have is that the ending felt rushed and that there were no consequences to their actions.

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LitDrivenGirl
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My book light finally can sit on a shelf in my new place. Welcome to Westlight Way! Sadly I have already filled all available bookshelf space and must put on my thinking cap for the rest of the books I need to move in this week.
#somanybooks #lighttheway #light

JoeStalksBeck Cool! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2017Book4
Like everything A.S. King writes, this book was super weird, but also immensely interesting. Every character is unique, not just within the story, but compared to most literature in general. You can't help but want Gerald to succeed, even as you recognize that he's making a lot of dumb choices. This is the type of book you read if you want to get your hands on something totally original.

Robothugs I kept seeing this and looking at it but I wasn't sure about it! I'm going to add it to my TBR! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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Pandyfish
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Gerald is an almost 17 year old who, at the age of 5 was a reality TV show star. Now, he is dealing with the effects of that. Some of those are: anger issues, zero friends and being in the SPED room at school.

I picked this up at the library, not expecting much. I now want to read all of A.S. King's work. I know I'm super late, but it's the perfect example of a #DisfunctionalFamily
#YA

Tigerbook Sounds like heaven 3y
Pandyfish @Tigerbook it's a depressing, real, kind of uplifting heaven 😉 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

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Booksnob
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I'm going to meet A.S. King at the Twin Cities book festival tomorrow and I think I might faint cause I'm so excited. She's one of my favorite authors.