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Something Real (Something Real #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,626 ratings  ·  469 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Not only is this a wonderful story, but it touches you from many angles: family, romance, friendship, homosexuality, privacy - just to name a few. It's thought provoking and inspiring, with characters who are just plain genuine.

Chloe (aka Bonnie) is a celebrity who was literally born into a reality show. This show, reminiscent of Jon & Kate Plus 8, was a real eye opener on how reality TV isn't reality at all. Not only that, but they're almost criminal in how they affect children who don't e
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay marked it as to-read
this sounds like Cheaper by the Dozen + Reality Boy + LGBT themes. SIGN ME UP.

"There's nothing real about reality TV."

When we meet seventeen yr. old Chloe Baker, she is just finding out that her family's reality TV show "Bakers Dozen" is going back on the air after a 4 year break. She is devastated by this news, because for the last few years she has been able to live a relatively anonymous life as a teenager who goes to a regular school, and has real friends. Growing up on this reality show was so traumatizing to her, it gives her anxiety to even have her school picture
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*4.5 Stars*

His hands settle on either side of my waist, and I lean into him. It's terrifying, caring about someone this much. To allow them to be the air you breathe.

I think it goes without saying that I've found an amazing new author to obsess over. There is literally nothing-ABSOLUTELY NOTHING-better than an author who knows how to write characters that are both diverse and unforgettable and a story that is not only authentic, but makes you crave for more even as you turn the last page. It i
"All hail the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. There's not telling what anyone will do once a camera's on them."

17 years old Bonnie Baker, a star of TV reality show that has been her "reality" almost all her life, doesn't want to be just a trade mark and live her life in the constant spotlight of media and paparazzi. How far will she go to gain her "normalcy" and free herself from cameras?

"Even mom doesn't understand how being in front of a camera all the time twists and warps you. How one
Kathe L
4-4,5 stars! This book

"All I can think is that the whole country is sick. Sick with this idea that it's good to be known and seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public at large. Whether it's Facebook photos, blogs, or reality TV, it's like nobody is content to just live life. The worth of our existence seems to be measured in pixels and megabytes and "likes". Those of us whose lives can be downloaded seem to have the most value - until someone more outrage
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Something Real is the story of Bonnie's . . . . "unconventional upbringing." You see, for most of her life (seriously, she was literally born on camera) Bonnie's ginormous family was the subject of a reality t.v. show called "Baker's Dozen." When the show was cancelled and Bonnie's parents got divorced, she thought it would be her chance to be a regular high schooler. Little did Bonnie know the 13 Baker children would be going back on
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It's been a while since I've read Something Real but the story has stayed with me this whole time. This book has pretty much everything from family, friend and romantic relationships as well as diversity, a little humour but a lot of depth as well.

Chloe and her family are the stars of the reality TV show, Baker's Dozen. The TV show has been running ever since Chloe was young and goes by the name,Bonnie, on the show. The show was cancelled afterBonnie's scanda
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Bonnie Baker is a household name in America, thanks to a reality TV show that she, her parents, and her twelve siblings have been on called "Baker's Dozen." But the hit show went off the air four years ago, much to Bonnie's relief. She and her family now live in a different town and she goes by the name Chloe. She's got great friends, a possible love interest, and a town full of people who know nothing about her. But now MetaReel, the production company that made "Baker's Dozen," is back, and Ch ...more
As someone who turns on the television maybe five times a year--for the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas--I couldn't adequately understand the hype over Something Real. I've never watched a reality TV show--not unless you count Food Network's "Chopped"--and was ignorant of the existence of "Honey Boo Boo" and "Dance Moms" until very recently. I may be young, but I really do live under a bookshelf. Needless to say, Something Real flew over ...more
Heather Demetrios is SO underrated! More people need to read her books.
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4.5 stars, because the love interest, as much as I loved him, was way too perfect. No flaws, whatsoever. And like, a paragraph-long fight that's resolved the next page with kissing. So. Also, he hand fed her on more than one occasion. I love you, Patrick, but please don't do that.

But still, I love this one so, so much. Review to come.
I've now read two of Heather Demetrios's novels in the span of two days, & I can't even begin to express how impressed I am with this author. Something Real & I'll Meet You There are both such complex & profound novels, & I'm still trying to wrap my mind around them both.

Something Real is SO different from Heather Demetrios's other novel-- I'll Meet You There-- but it's just as brilliant! This author has such versatility. I'm amazed that she can write books about 2 totally d
Liked the author's I'll Meet You There , but Something Real just didn't work for me:( RTC
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Initial thoughts:

I adored this book. I wanted to slap Bonnie's mother more than once, and I just loved how Chloe and Benny got each other through it all. That family was pure chaos! And Patrick...suh-woon. Yep. I loved this book, and I'm kinda surprised it didn't get more hype before it's release because it's full of win. I don't even like reality TV all that
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
So basically this book just stomped, trounced, attacked, and wrecked my feels.


Review to come, but this was fantamarvelous (fantastic-amazing-marvelous).
I am what you could say a reality TV addict, I could sit there for all the whole day just watching back to back episodes of a TV programme and the same can be said for books which have reality stars as their subject. I love getting to know these characters and how things have worked out for them with the TV show. The last book I read based on this was Jennifer’s Castle You Look Different in Real Life and it was one which I loved, now I don’t know why I took so long in picking up Something Real, ...more
(4.5 stars) Reality TV is the black hole of television to me. I've never understood its appeal, but I've simultaneously watched a straight hour of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition before realising where my time went. So when I began to love this... that's saying something.

I’m sitting here on the Kaye Gibbons Show, and all I can think is that the whole country is sick. Sick with the idea that it’s good to be known as seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public
After two books (that I read practically back-to-back) by Heather Demetrios, I think I found one of my new favorite authors. She's amazing. I loved every second of this book, and I can't wait to read more books by her :)
Shannon (leaninglights)
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I really enjoyed this one! It's very unique is plot and makes you think.
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Simply loved the brother-sister relationship between Benton and Bonnie.
Something Real. This is the third book about Reality TV in YA contemporary I’ve read this month alone. And while I may have been thinking it early on, NO, this is not instance of how to beat a dead horse deader.

We’ve a set of siblings who mark each moment in their life by the season or episode the same has taken place. We’ve characters whose names have that oddly annoying attached after, oddly annoying in that the same felt disingenuous in getting its message across… because I kid you not, a m
Sue (YAHollywood)
I was so excited to read Something Real, I was so sure I'm going to love it I have to buy my own copy. But I should have known better after reading Demetrios's trainwreck novel, I'll Meet You There.

Something Real isn't as bad, problematic and offensive as her second contemporary book, but still there are a lot of things that made me cringe. I then decided this book is really not for me.

Please note: the following paragraph contain spoilers and passages from the book.

I am usually not sensitive whe
Howdy YAL
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When done correctly, I love YA contemporaries.

However, most of the time they’re epic failures. Especially if they involve reality TV.

Luckily, Something Real seems to an abnormality.

And I think it succeeded, in part, because it avoided other pitfalls that are commonly seen in books that tackle reality television.

To discuss what makes this book so good, I think there needs to be some discussion in what makes books so bad that take u
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Something Real is one of those books that's impossible for me to review with any sort of grace. I want to fangirl the heck out of it. I wish I could just tell everyone to read to it because it's amazing and they'd listen to me. I know it doesn't work that way, though, so let me try to explain with at least some coherency why you need to drop everything and read this book.

Something Real will make you laugh, cry, swoon, curse, and swoon some more. Everything about Chloe's situation really sucks. H
Holy SHIT MAIDA!!!!!

This was fantastic. A little slow to get into in the beginning with the stage scenes and scripts, but once you do... Hold on to your jaw because it will drop- not because of huge shockng reveals or strange twist & turns. Hjust because you know how real this is.

This book has my mind flooded with thoughts, images & ideas about the state of our world. Which I in no way can articulate at this time.

Fantastically written down to every detail. This is quite literally a ma
Seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker was born on TV—she and her twelve siblings were the stars of a reality show called Baker’s Dozen. Since the show's cancellation, Bonnie and her family have moved, changed identities, and built another life, a normal life. But it's all about to fall apart . . . because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. And the life that “Chloe” loves (with real friends and a real boyfriend) may soon be a thing of the past.

Bonnie struggles to do the right thing by her family
This was an interesting premise and I think it was executed perfectly.

Love love love the relationship between Bonnie and Benton. Their banter and they way they support each other almost make the entire book. The frustration they both feel over what they're going through is written so well, it's like I was with them.

And Patrick. JFC. I will be rereading just for this boy. I wanted to quote pretty much every thing he said. There were forts and playground camp outs and hidden roses and just so ma

Something Real has been receiving some fantastic reviews from bloggers and readers. I will admit that the idea of a reality TV show did not appeal to me because I hate most reality TV shows (except for MasterChef) and every time I happen to catch a glimpse of a show like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", a few of my brain cells die. But of course, I couldn't ignore all the praise that Something Real has been receiving and boy, am I glad I gave it a shot.

Something Real was a lovely lovely book that foc
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When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something ...more
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“I’m sitting here on the Kaye Gibbons Show, and all I can think is that the whole country is sick. Sick with the idea hat it’s good to be known as seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public at large. Whether it’s Facebook photos, blogs, or reality TV, it’s like nobody is content to just live life. The worth of our existence seems to be measured in pixels and megabytes and “likes.” Those of use whose lives can be downloaded seem to have the most value – until someone outrageous comes along to claim their time in the spotlight.” 12 likes
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