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America's Next Reality Star

(Reality Star #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  107 reviews

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by
Published March 7th 2017 by Lyrical Shine
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Marty Mayberry
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to have the chance to read this MS as a critique partner, and let me spell it out in one word: FANTASTIC.

I love this book! Jen is such a sweet character. I fell in love with her almost immediately; she's so relatable! And Justin? Swoon. New book boyfriend material right there. I also enjoyed all the unique twists Laura came up with for the reality show. The games were fun and unusual, not your usual TV fare. The secondary characters were well-developed, and (spoiler) there's a
Kara Reynolds
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun read with a main character you want to root for, and an ensemble cast that rounds everything out perfectly. I thought the book's reality show was so cool--I wished it was a real show! Will definitely read the next one.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smart, witty, and really freaking good, AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR is a fun read that has you cheering from the first paragraph through the last page. Laura Heffernan spins an entertaining tale, expertly mixing the main character’s real life events with the reality show’s challenges. With enough drama to not only satisfy fans of reality TV shows, but readers who thrive on a good story with humor and romance, this book is a perfect read.

(I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange of
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: reality television fans
Such a fun read! I haven’t been a watcher of reality television since the Austin season of The Real World, but this made me want to start flipping through the television channels for a fix. Oh, the drama of a group of strangers picked to live in a house … and, in this case, a house with glass walls! What could go wrong? ;) (Also, there’s an A+ Buffy reference at the start of Chapter 3, which I found delightful.)
[N.B. I received my copy through NetGalley.]
Sandi Ward
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a die-hard reality show fan, but I’ve watched a few in my day (haven’t we all?) I enjoy shows that are based on hopes and dreams, where the contestants have compelling back-stories and a chance at winning redemption (and/or a great prize, like a new house). There’s probably no more popular type of show than the ones based on interpersonal drama and romance, which America’s Next Reality Star has in spades.

This book is told from the point of view of Jen, a reality show contestant in “The
Lindsey Frydman
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for months to read this book and holy crap, Laura did not disappoint! I couldn't put it down!

I gave up my reality TV addiction a long time ago, and I have to say...Laura made me itching for more! Her fun and flirty romance had me flipping pages, eager to see what crazy antics or swoonworthy scene came next! The reality show, featuring puzzles and an awesome cast of characters, kept me intrigued and laughing.

Personally, I'm a HUGE fan of love triangles, and this one was killer.
Kari Lemor
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan was a fun, enjoyable read. It was one of those books where I didn't want to put it down because I became invested in the main characters (and a few of the secondary ones) and had to see what would happen to them. For romance readers, it starts a little slow as we see the heroine still dating a guy (not the hero) but soon we realize why they shouldn't be together and the real romance begins.

Heffernan has written great characters who you want to cheer
G.L. Jackson
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What a fun read! I was figuring on a romantic little bit of fluff, but surprisingly I couldn't put the book down and had to finish it before doing anything else. There are some great twists and turns--some I could see coming, others that surprised me. All in all, it's an incredibly sweet story well told. I'm personally not much of a reality TV fan, but it's something so immersed in our society that it all felt perfectly familiar to me. Author Laura Heffernan did a great job with this quick read ...more
Michelle Hauck
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
America's Next Reality Star is the perfect book for spring break, especially if you are a fan of reality shows. Which I totally am! Honestly, I couldn't put this down and I zoomed to the ending. Jen is such a likable character. You can't help rooting for her to win the competition and Justin's heart. I felt almost as connected with her friends on the show, Birdie and Ed. I found myself rooting for them just as much.

My only regret is this isn't actually a TV show that I could pull up on Netflix.
Cheryl O'Harney
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was reviewed for Summer's Eve Reads*

Title: America's Next Reality Star (Reality Star #1)
Author: Laura Heffernan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5

This for me started a little slow it took me a while to settle into it but that was mostly down to the fact that heroine was dating someone other than the hero however we soon find out why they shouldn't have been together and this is where it picked up.

A twisty storyline with even more twisted characters made this an entertaining an
Adriana Arrington
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly fun read. From the very beginning, you'll find yourself pulling for Jen, an extremely likable and relatable protagonist. Jobless, homeless, and reeling from a tough break up, Jen is selected to compete in "The Fish Bowl" - a reality show set in a glass house. Once she gets there, however, she questions her resolve to win the grand prize of $250,000 at all costs...especially when it comes to handsome co-contestant, Justin. The romantic tension between Justin and Jen is palpable, and ...more
Mary Ann Marlowe
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17-scribes
This is a super enjoyable romance whether or not you like reality TV shows, but if you've ever wanted to be on one, then this book is like getting to walk in the shoes of a reality star for a stretch. The plot is just as twisty as these contests tend to be, with producers throwing curve balls and other contestants looking to get an advantage. Throw in a hint of romance, and you've got an explosive mix. Jen enters this world looking only to make a buck and get herself out of debt, but when she ...more
Tabby Vos
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastically written with an eye towards a really interesting genre (reality shows).... you're immediately engaged with the narrator, and with her interpersonal struggles/successes. The sexy nerd protagonist is immediately likable and relatable,... you really root for her in the game (and in her love life) the whole way through. Villains are villainous, love interests are lovable... but the book remains fun and light. I really liked the openings to each chapter - they're fun and set ...more
Jenni Walsh
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17scribes
From the first time I read the premise for AMERICA'S NEXT REALITY STAR I was excited to read it. And, it turned out to be such a fun, light, entertaining story! I've been known to spend my Monday nights with ABC, watching a houseful of strangers fight over a love interest, so I was excited to experience Heffernan's version of a reality show, with a 'fighting for money' instead of 'love' bend (though there is some romance in this book, too!). I truly felt like I was getting a behind-the-scenes ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romance is not my usual genre, nor do I watch many reality shows, but I was looking for a lighter read as an escape. This book hit the spot! It took me a couple of tries before I got hooked, but then I would look forward to anytime I had free for reading, and it became a page-turner. I was surprised how quickly it was over--I'm not generally a fast reader! Overall it was a very fun and light read, and when it ended I couldn't wait to find out what happens next! Thankfully, I hear there will be ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I'm not a big reality TV fan, but this book hooked me hard! It's just as addictive as I imagine reality TV to be: there's constant stakes as to who will leave the show, lots of suspense with the little challenges and contests along the way, and plenty of drama with clashing personalities amongst people in the house, as well as getting to know more about the nice ones that you root for and don't want to see leave. I love how the author avoided a lot of cliches I was expecting--the MC isn't ...more
Kari Kraus
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of certain reality shows (fashion designers, chefs, tattoo artists) and I watched the first 6 or 7 seasons of "Survivor." The reality show most similar to the one portrayed in this book is "Big Brother," which I have never watched. I thought the rules, challenges, and concept for the fictional "Fishbowl" reality show were very believable. The author might just have a brilliant career in reality show production to fall back on if she ever tires of writing.

Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
America's Next Reality Star is highly entertaining! I fell in love with the main character, Jen, much quicker than I thought I could. I found her extremely relatable in life challenges and personal interests. While not much of a fan of reality shows, I love puzzles and game shows. I felt like I was diving into different parts of the story alongside various characters. While (as on actual reality shows) there were some stereotypical contestants, the author kept me bouncing around between ...more
Laura Brown
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this novel! I started it while on vacation and it was the perfect beach read. The writing and story drew me right in. I loved Jen and her spunk and had a blast with the reality show concept. Can't wait for the author's next novel!
Mar 20, 2017 marked it as i-wrote-this  ·  (Review from the author)
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Mary H
Jun 01, 2016 marked it as to-read-romance

3 “Who doesn't like reality TV” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Kensington!

Okay, you guys, I love reality TV. It’s out there now. No taking it back. Reality TV shows are super fun.

When it comes to them, I think people tend to think the trashier the better, right? I mean, some will still watch the “better produced”, serious ones, but after a while it tends to get kind of boring because people don’t really turn on the TV to watch boring people to do boring stuff. People want the crazy, trashy
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Professional Reader
*eARC received from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I want to say, first, that I absolutely hate this rating. I'm feeling quite a bit of anxiety rating a book like this for a new author because I don't want to be the one that affects their book sales. With more popular books, my reviews are usually so far down the list that nobody ever sees them, so a bad review from me is nothing. Unfortunately, that's not the case for lesser known authors. I have absolute respect for new authors,
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Rating 3.5 stars!

I wanted to read America’s Next Reality Star because I was curious to see how convincing the storyline would be. Would it be believable? Would it compare to what I think the process would be like? I can say that I have only ever watched reality shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Face Off. I am not really a connoisseur of reality television but this story was very convincing. I really felt like the Author knew her stuff. I found this to be an enjoyable story that was full of
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review can also be found in Chill and read

So Jennifer had it all thought through. She had a job, a boyfriend and a lot of depth. Well, that last one she tried not to think of a lot, but she did her best to deal with the payments. All that until she finds out that her boyfriend is a cheater. Not only that, but she gets fired, and she also has to evacuate her apartment in a few months. Her whole world comes to ashes in a couple of days. Thankfully, she gets chosen for a reality show with a
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jen is jobless, homeless and newly single, but despite that she's going to have an amazing summer, because she's going to spend it on national TV. Jen likes the reality show Fishbowl because there are a lot of puzzles in addition to other tasks. The grand prize is $250, 000, which would be very useful for her. When Jen and other contestants arrive at the Fishbowl set, it all gets real, there are people in whom she can find good friends and people, who want her off the show as fast as possible. ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

I loved the blurb bec I like reality-tv but, for me, the story itself was a disappointment.

While I loved all the challenges described, I didn’t get the romantic angle between Justin and Jen. I felt like there wasn’t enough heat or chemistry between them. I wanted more dialogue, more flirting, more scenes with them as they’re the MC’s, to make me believe in their HEA. I don’t understand how they went from “oh-he’s-cute!” to “I love you!” Like how did that happen? When???

I will also say
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed for
Who hasn’t thought about going on a reality show? In AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Laura Heffernan, part of the Reality Star Romance series, we get to live vicariously through our heroine, Jen Reid. Attractive contestants, interesting challenges, big prizes, behind the scenes intrigue, gossip, jealously, backstabbing and, of course, romance. It’s all there! Grab a bowl of popcorn and get comfortable. It’s time to watch America’s latest craze
Cathy Cole
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favor and sit down right now and read "America's Next Reality Star." Even if you are not a fan of reality shows (I am not), you are going to love this book. About 10 pages in, I was happily lost in the characters and the plotline, trying to guess what would happen next but happy to just go with whatever Laura Heffernan had created in this alternate reality world inside a glass fishbowl. I loved every minute I was between her pages. Her characters are well thought out and developed, ...more
Haley Harrigan
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a fun read! It's a guilty pleasure up there with eating chocolate and drinking champagne and, well, watching your favorite reality show. The story has all of the things I love to see in romance plots: a love triangle, plenty of miscommunication, and lots of heat between the main character, Jen, and her crush. Jen is smart and likeable, and the other characters are well-imagined, too. I love Birdie, who talks in hashtags, and I love to hate Ariana, who lies constantly to get ...more
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