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The Real Real

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,443 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The bestselling authors of "The Nanny Diaries" introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O'Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a "Laguna Beach," a "Newport Harbor," the shimmering "Hills." Imagine that your hometown--your school--is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Harper Teen (first published May 13th 2009)
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cEe beE
I bought it.
I read it.
I did not like it.
The end.
La Petite Américaine
There must be other fools out there like me who were conned into buying this book because they vaguely remember liking The Nanny Diaries.

Look. What made The Nanny Diaries so great was that authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus had both been nannies in New York City. They knew their material, they knew the intricate, scandalous, and absurd details of their uber-rich clients' lives, and they were able to write a mildly amusing best-seller. That SHOULD have been it. End of story right there. Bu
This book totally rocked! I’ve read a couple of books where the storyline centered on characters starring in a reality tv show, but none of them comes close to this. The Real Real has it all! Great characters, hilarious dialogue, low-key romance that takes a backseat to the main plot, and a magnificent storyline that gives the reader a fly-on-the-wall inside view of the obtrusive side of filming reality tv, the aftermath of false publicity, the media frenzy, fans and haters. This was a fun read ...more
The Dreamer Reader
Wow, I will never look at reality television the same way again.

The Good: It's just SO creative and unique and just fantastic. The idea is very pop culture-ish, but unlike the really pop culture-ish books, readers will be able to read this book over and over again. Kudos for the authors for writing such an entertaining book!

And the reason it's so entertaining is because Jesse is an awesome main character! Not only is she sassy, she's funny, smart, and just your average teenage girl.

Sure she's ma
I really didn't know what to expect from this because on one hand I LOVED Dedication by Emma and Nicola though on the other I disliked The Nanny Diaries. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised with The Real Real which never lacked in drama or romance; two of my favorite themes.

While the beginning was a bit too slow for my taste, as soon as Part II labeled "The Reels" started up it went by quite fast from then on.

I really liked Jesse's character. She was smart, nice, and had some funny lines. Plus
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With comedy that is sharp as a dagger this novel brings us to the other side of reality T.V. A side you wouldn't have really expected. The things that happen behind the lensses will leave you with your mouth opened, and at certain times, if not all the time, you will want to hit the director where the sun don't shine.

The Real Real is a very funny and engaging novel. I read it non stop and still wanted more by the end. Though not really intense, the nove
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I am going to tell you all a secret. I am addicted to a certain reality show that features men and women who keep the bronzer making people in business. The Real Real gives a peak into what the lives of these so called "reality TV" stars might be like. Jesse is a character who has her life turned upside down by the TV industry. Her and her parents are drawn in by the money that will allow her to go to college and they are basically "owned" by the TV station until her contract is up. During this ...more
Ugh. I didn't know that teen fiction could have so much foul language and drunken flings. I'm not sure why I even bothered finishing this book. I kept hoping it would end well, but it didn't. It's written by the same women who wrote Nanny Diaries.

The storyline is about a group of high school students who are picked to be on a reality tv show about living in the Hamptons. Jessie is just a typical teen who works as a waitress but is chosen to be on the show and forced to play friends with the rest
I couldn't finish this one because I got halfway through and not much had been developed beyond the central premise that reality shows aren't real. This book is only 2 years old. I'm pretty sure "The Hills" was already over then and "The Real Housewives" was already full steam ahead. A lot of people know the reality shows they watch fabricate entire situations and put people together in a cast who aren't really friends or don't even know each other. I kept waiting for this book to either tell me ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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The writing duo that brought us THE NANNY DIARIES have ventured out into the young adult genre. And the two have written a hit.

Jesse goes through the motions of the interview that all the students at her high school have to sit through. The hot TV channel XTV wants to film a documentary of life in a typical high school. XTV wants to select a core group of students to be the focus of the documentary real-life series.

Jesse knows that the A-list crowd includin
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The Real Real
by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus
This book left me feeling…
way more entertained than watching an episode of Jersey Shore!
Story Line:
Jesse O’Rourke has just started her senior year of high school when XTV ( the fictional equivalent of MTV) decides to select the cast of its new reality TV show, The Real Hampton Beach , from amongst Hampton High’s senior student body. She is shocked when she is selected to star in the show; and as an added bonus, so is the newly single guy she’s had
While this book wasn't bad it took me awhile to get through it. It was a great idea and I can't imagine what it would be like to constantly have cameras around while having to pretend to be friends with a bunch of people you don't care for. Jesse's best friend's reaction to her getting on the show was a bit of a turn off but other than that everything else goes pretty much as expected and you know who Jesse is going to end up with in the end. Jesse's parents were a surprise though. The way they ...more
After the phenomenal success with Nanny Diaries these two ladies has a bit of a sophomore slump. But it's over. The last two books I have read by them have hit it out of the park. They have a way of allowing you to see the inside of celebrity which makes you remember that people are at the heart.

Jesse is just a regular girl. When reality scouts show up at her Hampton High school for a version of The Hills & Gossip Girl combined. She assumes the popular kids will get picked. And they are. But
Why did I read this? I was looking for an easy read, and I have a vague recollection that I liked The Nanny Diaries, which was written by these same authors. I also enjoy good teen fiction. Ugh. This was not teen fiction that works for adults, not this adult, anyway. The premise sounded interesting--a group of high schoolers is selected by a popular network to be the basis for a new reality show--but we never got to know the characters beyond their shallow appearances. I just didn't care about a ...more
I recently finished L.A. Candy and the Fame Game and I was looking for a new book or series about reality shows and people participating in said shows. And I found this book. Let's just start with that this book isn't for everyone. Some might be off-put by the book. There is some bad language, there is drunken teenagers, there is some hooking up/hints of sex. But other than that, it is a great book.

It wasn't always that great though, there were enough parts where I was shaking my head. Where I w
Definitely not as good as The Nanny Diaries. Definitely not as bad as Citizen Girl. But overall - blah. And I was surprised to feel that way, as a not-so-secret lover of reality TV. I thought reading a book about a girl who gets picked to be on a Laguna-Beach-like-TV-show would be right up my alley. But, I just didn't connect with, or really even care for, any of the characters. Blah.
I bought this book after reading good reviews about it...I have it for almost two months now but I can't find the strength to finish it...It was as if the characters were trying so hard to be teens...super boring. Half the time I was like..."huh? where did that scene come from?" the seemingly busy plot of the book made it disconnected and very unreal.
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Well, the idea of the book was ok i guess, but i really couldn't understand or communicate with the characters.. jesse she seems like a good girl but she is complaining about everything around her .. and i still don't understand what happened with Kaitelen ?? it was a light weekend read .
I can't quite decide if this is guilty pleasure material or just a really good read. Maybe it's both. It's the story of a working class girl growing up in Hampton Beach who gets picked to star in a reality tv show a la "The Hills." Jesse figures the crew will just follow her around in her normal life. Little does she know the extent that being on the show will get in the way of her having a life.

Jesse is supposedly a somewhat nerdy outsider in school and she spouts a line or two about hating co
I actually enjoyed The Real Real quite well. I was expecting this trashy teen novel like Gossip Girls but it wasn't as trashy. It was actually quite good, so I'm very surprised.

I enjoyed reading about the plot and the characters. Heck, even the writing style was nice.

For the plot, I liked how Emma and Nicola allowed the readers (me!) to get a sense of how the real acting world works. That it's not all that glamorous and awesome like rumors say. It's actually really hard work and so much pressure
Jesse knows that she does not have what it takes to be cast in the first ever "documentary" show. She does not lead the glamorous life like the popular girls at her school, so when she is cast as the part of the core 6 she is shocked. While she wants to turn down XTV's offer, she finds the tuition check of $40,000 too tempting to resist.

The Real Real is an intoxicating look into the world of reality television. The novel takes readers in the the glamorous (and fake) world of reality television w
The Real Real is a great, fun, and quirky book which gives teenage girls an insight on how real the reality tv shows teen girls worship really are.

As part of my unofficial new year's resolution list (unofficial because I am a picky reader and incredible stubborn) to broaden my reading library, I am begninning my new attempt into the world of chick-lit/contemporary reads. The Real Real was the perfect first read for my journey. It had just the right amount of chicklishusness without it being so a
On the other hand, THE REAL REAL is a much frothier confection, much like the drings protagonist Jesse once served at a faux-Starbucks. She's enlisted to star in a reality show, with the rich kid clique and her equally cash-strapped crush. Unfortunately, her best friend is left out. Reality isn't interesting enough for the producers and scripted scenes quickly follow.

The blurb proclaims that Jesse struggles between telling "the difference between real and the real real." That's not quite true. J
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The Real, Real is a story about what happens when you "sell" your soul to the camera. The only problem is, that "what goes on behind camera" gets put into a major reality TV show for teens.
Even though I didn't exactly enjoy the entire novel, it was a fairly good example of what happens when you become famous for something that wasn't suppose to be filmed. I liked the first half of the book because I admired Jesse's character and her sense of humor. Jesse seemed like she had a level head and coul
Cindy Hudson
Jesse is a senior at a high school in the Hamptons where she sees lots of celebrities and other wealthy people drop in for vacation. Life for most of the locals is anything but glamorous, that is until TV network XTV decides to train its cameras on the students in Jesse’s high school. What they want is real teens, doing real things in their real lives. Everyone at the school tries out, but Jesse is sure that she won’t be among the chosen ones.

When the line-up is announced, there’s no surprise th
Diane  Morasco
Let me start off by saying I am not really into reality TV @ all! I find it to be a tad torturous. I do watch The Real Housewives in all its incarnations & The Real Housewives of Orange County is my fave! Hands down The Real Housewives of Orange County is a guilty pleasure. I don't consider it reality foolishness, I rather think it is me hanging out w/ older galpals. I don't give a hoot about The Hills unless they have eyes. I only want to lounge @ a beach -- Laguna or Jones!

I do believe tha
Aug 01, 2009 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sara by: The DB
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
Most people know - or at least assume - that reality TV isn't actually reality. The Real Real follows high school senior Jesse, who's been cast in a new reality show following her and a few other classmates as the years goes on. She signs up mainly because of the money they provide her with and quickly discovers the show isn't worth the price. First, she loses her best friend, who's jealous of Jesse's newfound fame, then Jesse discovers just how unreal the show actually is, with the producers di ...more
Ten Cent Notes
Mar 21, 2011 Ten Cent Notes added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a smart and funny take on reality TV.
When XTV (a fictionalized MTV) comes to Jesse's high school to shoot their first-ever teenage reality show about living in the Hamptons (The Real Hamptons Beach), Jesse is uninterested, knowing the show will be -- of course -- a spotlight on the popular, uber-wealthy students. She's surprised when the producers want her to be one of the main cast, but with a hefty scholarship attached to the show, the Georgetown-bound senior can't pass it up. Unfortunately, being a part of the show means being f ...more
Stephanie Cowart
Jen sent me this book in the mail.
It's so incredibly cute! I really enjoyed reading it. If I were to take a summer vacation, this is definitely one to bring along!
Jesse O'Rourke lives in the Hamptons but she's not a rich celebrity. In fact her mom cleans their houses and her dad is the manager of a local high-class restaurant. Jesse works at a coffee shop and hopes to get a scholarship for college.
Enter: XTV and the new reality show they want to do at Jesse's high school. Somehow Jesse gets pick
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