Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: YA
Source: Won from author (though this in no way affected my review) - thank you!
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 the special education room at school.
Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
Summary from Goodreads.
Seriously, King's Reality Boy is biting at times in its (accurate) portrayal of reality TV, but it's also incredibly insightful, thoughtful, magical, and gritty. This is really just a fantastic premise for a book and one that is so flawlessly executed- it's everything the camera don't show and then some as the reader gets in the mind of a reality TV "star."
Said star, Gerald, is a very raw character and hugely sympathetic; King doesn't spare any of the horrid, heart-wrenching, and sometimes disgusting details of his life (as for the latter, I mean, he isn't known as "The Crapper" for nothing). I don't want to give away too much of his journey, but his progression throughout the story is tumultuous and quirky. It will make you laugh and cry and scowl at the utter injustice in his life, but Gerald's courage may just make you do a fist punch in the air, too (metaphorically, of course, especially if you're reading in public).
What's amazing is that every single character, even those who are there for only a scene, feels vital to the plot. What's even more incredible is that King can make you sympathize with any character, and considering one particular character (you'll understand when you read it), that is saying something.
Naturally, since this book is written by A.S. King, you won't be able to put it down. Every time I pick up one of her books, I'm just wowed by the way she combines the crazy with the everyday while still keeping it fresh in each novel. So, as a warning, you should try to start this when you aren't particularly busy/in want of sleep because there is a large chance you'll want to shirk your responsibilities and just keep reading.
*5 stars*For Fans Of: Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Which is your favorite A.S. King book? OR Which A.S. King book do you plan on reading?