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Reality Boy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  11,061 ratings  ·  1,605 reviews
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 t ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 10th 2013)
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Veeda My sister did read it in 8th grade (which is how I found out about it) but there is a lot of sexual content.
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
This story was absolutely messed up and also incredibly fascinating, with one of the most dysfunctional family units I have yet to come across. Reality shows are all the rave in the recent years, Reality Boy is the best example of how these shows are the opposite of reality. Do we ever stop to think of the psychological toll they take on a child? Especially when too young to understand how life can be so unfair. Network Nanny, the show in this book, is not very far off from our own running Reali ...more
Emily May
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A.S. King is easily one of my favourite authors. I was going to say "YA authors" but that seems to imply she can't hold her own against authors of adult fiction. She can. In fact, King is one example that proves that teen lit can be as well-written and meaningful as any book for adults. King's novels tend to focus on kids with dysfunctional lives and families, whether the main issue be bullying, death or "coming out". I've liked all her novels; they've all been powerful, but this one is by far m ...more
Lindsey Rey
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars]
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-penrith
Couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars. But yes, 4 it is. A mix of crazy (this is a word that I hold in high esteem!) and reality tv - which I hate by the way - Gerald has had just the worse upbringing, a lot of which was documented in the worst way in a horrible 'Nanny' type reality show. Gerald has a psychopath for a sister, a mother that has no idea about anything with a mile of problems of her own, a father who is blasé about the whole thing when all Gerald needs is some love and another sist ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
The main character Gerald's family was on a reality "nanny" show. Gerald showed his inner anger toward his out of control sister and passive mom by pooping on camera. Thus becoming known as "the Crapper". Needless to say Gerald's younger life has not been all roses.
I really am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is not a hard read at all. You become attached to Gerald almost immediately and go along with him for the ride. He works at a concession stand and becomes attracted to the gir
Ash Wednesday
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers interested in developmental psychosociology

Some pre-emptive clarification: I am aware that reality TV as a genre is pretty broad and it's irresponsible to summarily call everyone starring in a reality show a famewhore and anyone who watches it broken and unknowingly depressed, seeking comfort in Schadenfreude. 

But some shows, some really horrible reality TV shows, just begs me to.

And Reality Boy reflects on these bizarre human inventions and the collateral damages they incur.

Everybody knows Gerald Faust. Or at least everyone
Initial reaction: I wasn't expecting much from this read from the beginning, but I have to admit I really grew to care about Gerald's experiences over the course of the story and I liked how genuine of a character he turned out to be. Caveats everywhere to consider in the scheme of this story - and I can see where it may not hit off well in some measures for content/presentation. Hopefully I can explain that more in the full review.

Full review:

Holy crud, this book impressed me. I didn't expect t
Frankie Brown
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reality Boy is an important book. I rarely say a book is moving, because that's kind of generic and cliche and completely overdone. But this book is moving.

We've all seen reality TV commercials featuring a misbehaving child. The attempts to "fix" the child being broadcasted on national TV. Using their unhappy homes to entertain the masses. But what happens to those kids when they get older? They're teenagers, and everyone knows they're that kid from that show. Reality Boy shows what those kids
It is no secret that I am a big fan of A.S. King. I recommend her to most fans of slightly dark and odd YA contemporary.
Her books are amazing for various reasons;

The adults matter. When was the last time you saw older people acknowledge and portrayed in a realistic way in a YA book? In Reality Boy, many of these people are unlikable and flawed. King doesn’t take sides, but lets them have a story of their own.

Her stories are a little bizarre.Not only does the magical realism play a big part,
B.A. Wilson
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I meant to just start it, but I read it straight through. I'll write a better review when it isn't 4am. ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Gerald was the "star" of two episodes of a reality television show when he was 5 and 6 that followed families in peril that needed the help of "Super Nanny" guidance. What made Gerald memorable was what he did to seek "revenge" against the family bent on reining in his behavior he would defecate somewhere and it would be filmed. It's through this he earned his infamy.

Now, years later, he's still known as Crapper. He has no friends in school, and he's in the special education classes. He's been t
Eve Messenger
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Reality Boy was my first A.S. King book. I must now read everything else she has written. King's writing is that good. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The truth behind ‘reality TV.’

Opening Sentence: I’m the kid you saw on TV.

The Review:

Reality Boy explores how difficult it is to change someone’s perspective following fame from a reality TV show. Gerald is (in)famous for being the ‘crapper;’ the kid that pooped everywhere on reality TV because of his behavioural issues. As a teenager, he hasn’t been able to rid himself of that persona and has spent his life unsuccessfully trying to change his i
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a mess. The characters are a mess. My emotions are a mess.

I was afraid before to read this and to find myself disappointed afterwards. I loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I loved Ask the Passengers. And I loved Reality Boy. The next YA book I'll read is definitely Everybody Sees the Ants. I think I might have found my favorite YA author.

Okay. This book in a nutshell:
It's to observe the life of Gerald, the Crapper, on how the reality TV show Network Nanny messed up his life by publicizing and
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
I gave up on reality shows a long way back. I remember one of the first, Temptation Island and the Real World and some dating ones and John and Kate etc but I got so annoyed at how people are in front of the camera that I just roll my eyes when yet another reality shows hits the air.
So after reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz I immediately wanted to see what was next for AS King and was a little disappointed that it would be about a reality show. But something also told me that I would eventually
Neil (or bleed)
“Maybe most other people are messed up, too. It just wasn't aired on TV.”

It is difficult for me to write a decent review for this book though actually there are lots of lessons to learn and realize about Reality Boy that I just can't put into words so I will just leave you a few words on how I perceived and understood the book.

Reality Boy, in my opinion, showcased the true meaning of reality in everyday-life sense. It involved showing to the world who you truly are and what really you can
Gabrielle Prendergast
Mar 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-quest
I rated this even though I haven't read it because one tool rated it one star and I hate to see that. I'll be on the look out for this at ALA ...more
Jay G
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Gerald Faust has been known around town as The Crapper since he was 5 years old and a star on a reality TV show called Network Nanny. Now 17, Gerald is angry and resentful of the way the show perceived him. His sister, Tasha, is a psychopath and his mother and father do nothing but enable her. To make matters worse, the only person he trusted, his other sister, Lisi, moved to Sco
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Gersday Strawberry stars

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Word’s cannot describe how utterly original this book was. It was nothing like I expected, when I first read the plot I was like ehhh reality T.V and I wondered how there could be a whole book for it. But after reading it, I feel guilty for even watching reality T.V!

The story follows Gerard, he was on a Nanny show when he was 6 and it haunted him forever. The show only showed the bad parts
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages: 125

A.S. King is one of my favorite authors, and I've been eagerly anticipating Reality Boy. There's a lot of good stuff in here, like King's ability to so accurately write the opposite gender, but I'm just really not into the story line. Thus far, it's TOO depressing, I can't identify with Gerald in the slightest, I don't find poop jokes funny, and I really hate that swearing is written in punctuation marks like it's a comic strip.

Maybe I'll come back to this one some day, but I'm really
Geraldine (geraldinereads)
After thinking about it, I'd give this a 3.5! Although it was entertaining, it didn't really impress me! ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think A.S King could write a book about literally anything and it would be pretty great. Seriously, she is gifted.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
✫✬⭐️ 3,4/5 STARS ⭐️✭✫

Genre: Young Adult> Contemporary > Realistic Fiction
POV: 1st-POV > 1 POV > Boy
EW: Some things felt flat
WOW: The "Reality show" part

This was a nice read. I love the whole Reality show concept, but as myself, i don't really watch those shows. I think for the people who do, they would love it a lot more.
I also need to tell you that there is a lot of swearing, which i quite enjoy. It makes the character
The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo
This was a big surprise. Based on the premise and, yes, the title and cover, I wasn't expecting much, but this book popped up in GR's recommendations and I'm glad I took a shot.

I've often thought about Jon and Kate, Honey Boo Boo, Dance Moms, etc. and generally, I think the adults get what they deserve for signing on, but those kids.... man, they didn't sign up for that. Every minute broadcasted will exist forever. Everyone in their neighborhood and school will know who they are, and it's not us
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It’s getting harder and harder to write reviews of A.S. King’s books that are more than three-words long; ‘Just read it.’ ‘You’ll love it.’ ‘I loved it.’ Especially when she consistently writes provocative and disarming literature like ‘Reality Boy’.

This is a book about Gerald Faust, whose family appeared on the television series ‘Network Nanny’ when he was five-years-old upon letter-request of his mother. Their segment was a ratings-hit; camera crews captured Gerald punching walls and his olde
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This was hands down the most compelling galley I brought home with me from ALA – the story of a kid who is dogged through adolescence by his childhood “participation” in a (fake) reality TV show not unlike Supernanny. Gerald is the “Crapper,” who defecated on tables, in handbags, and various Barbie accessories when he was a preschooler/elementary schooler. The British nanny (who isn’t who she seems) is brought to help Gerald & his two sisters when his mother writes a desperate letter to the show ...more
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was severely hooked from that killer first page. This is very much a Kristen sorta book if ever there was one. I wanna read more from this author now. No, like NOW now.
Sixteen year old Gerald Faust has grown up with the social stigma of having been featured on a reality TV show when he was a 5 year old child. Network Nanny, a show similar to Supernanny, swooped in to try to “fix” the problem children but failed to address the real problems, a violent psychotic sister and an emotionally detached mother leaving a very resentful 5 year old who acted out in the only way he knew how. His outrageous behavior made him somewhat of a local celebrity, although Gerald di ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Psychopaths, Burger Joint Patrons
Recommended to Jordan by: Linda
For a book about poop, this one has a lot of heart.

Gerald Faust is hopelessly unpopular at school, but not for the usual reasons. Yes, he's in SPED, but that's a non-issue here: the big problem is his reputation as The Crapper. Eleven years ago, Gerald debuted on Network Nanny, a reality show not unlike a certain ABC production you might recall from recent history. America saw Gerald throw tantrums, punch walls, and take a shit on the dining room table.

But what viewers didn't see was a saga to
S.S. General
Released earlier this week, REALITY BOY is being marketed as a contemporary YA/Adult crossover. Contemporary Young Adult means no magic, futuristic technology, or running for your life. Typically these novels move at a slower pace and center around buzz topics such as abuse, suicide, disability, sexual orientation, or terminal illness. (Usually with a side of romance/sexual coming-of-age.)

The term "crossover" means they're expecting the adults to enjoy this as much as teens, but in this case, it
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories f ...more

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