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Something Real (Something Real #1)

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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 w ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

Something Real is a very unique YA read, very realistically written and it also managed to make me laugh several times. I like that it talks about standing up for what you believe in, speaking up for yourself and exercising your rights as a person in the story of Chloe or more popularly known in America’s TV as Bonnie Baker.

I appreciate that the plot allows the reader to get a glimpse of the real life of a celebrity whose life is documented on reality TV. It makes me denounce all dreams of fame
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Giselle
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
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Jeanne
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanne by: Lucia

"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
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ by: Jeanne
*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
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Lucia
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars-read, ya
"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
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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 outrag
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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Something Real follows Chloe Baker better known as Bonnie Baker of the reality tv show, Baker's Dozen". Think Kate Plus 8 etc etc. Chloe's entire life has basically been in front of cameras for all the world to see (literally, her birth was televised) and how the affects of living her life on camera has affected her emotionally and mentally. When she was 13, she attempted suicide because her parents were divorcing and the cameras were in her face all the time. Her parents stopped the show after ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

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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Melanie
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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 after Bonnie™'s sc
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Sophie
I don't know about you guys, but one of my guilty pleasures is watching that tv show, 19 Kids and Counting (now Jill & Jessa Moving On, after the whole scandal, etc.). When I heard about this book, I thought it seemed quite similar, without the religious aspect. I could not have been more wrong. Something Real was so much more than a feel good, guilty pleasure. Instead, it showed how being in the spotlight from such an early age can really mess up a person, and how, sometimes, your family ar ...more
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*4.75/5 stars*

“You know those primitive tribal people who believed a camera could steal your soul? Turns out they were right.”

So this is the weirdest thing: I actually didn't like the author's most beloved work I'll Meet You There, which has not only so much higher rating than this one, but also around 6 thousand times more readers on GR. It had some great points, but I really hated some other aspects of it which I won't spoil you about, and also couldn't connect to the characters much. In th
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Keertana
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Elena
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather Demetrios is SO underrated! More people need to read her books.
Just do it! :D
Whitney
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I just love Heather Demetrios's writing. If you've never read a book by her, seriously go pick one up.

"You know those tribal people who believed a camera could steal your soul? Turns out they were right."

I loved this book. I'll admit here and now that I've always been a fan of reality TV (especially the Real Housewives franchise). However, it wasn't until this summer that I really understood what went into making a reality tv show. I first watched UnReal on Lifetime (which is a GRE
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Blythe
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.
Maida
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
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Jasprit
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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 tha
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
So basically this book just stomped, trounced, attacked, and wrecked my feels.

AND I LOVED EVERY PAGE OF IT.

Review to come, but this was fantamarvelous (fantastic-amazing-marvelous).
Ksenia
Simply loved the brother-sister relationship between Benton and Bonnie.
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
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Laura
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

We all want and need something real. Home and family should be the one place in this crazy, shook-up world we can turn to for peace and real-ness. But for Bonnie Baker home is the last place to find something real.

Bonnie (Chloe) has been a part of Baker’s Dozen, a hit reality TV show, for most of her life. She grew up on camera along with her 12 brothers and sisters. 13 kids! Fans watched every detail all the time. Cameras, lies, fake smiles, and heartache ruled their world. The show has been on
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Veiledhorizon
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so emotional. I really liked the unique setting of this book. This is a book about a a girl named, Bonnie™ Baker(her televised name) who is sick of her family's involvement with the television media. The television show, Baker's Dozen, is about a family of 12 children-of which are mostly adopted (that's how it starts out but later more children are added to the show) and their life.So, basically, their entire life is being broadcast before the world. This show is full of drama, ...more
Louisa
(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
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Isamlq
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
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
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Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
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)
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full Review: http://leaninglights.weebly.com/home/...
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I really enjoyed this one! It's very unique is plot and makes you think.
Cameron Chaney
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars-ish

Something Real is my first Heather Demetrios book, and while it did have some flaws, it certainly won't be the last book I read by the author. The writing reminded me a lot of Rainbow Rowell's. Maybe not quite as addictive, but still just as readable. The story engaged me as well, which is really saying something coming from someone who couldn't care less about reality TV. Blech! This book just heightened my frustration for such shows.


While I understood what the main character Chloe
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Selma
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Heather demetrios has become one of my favourite authors ,she just made me feel so many emotions and Patrick the love interest was ...sigh ..so Dreamy !!
I feel that this book is so underrated ,but Please give it chance because it is so so good !!
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When Heather Demetrios isn’t traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. 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 Real. Her critically acclaimed novels include I’ll Meet You The ...more
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