Summary: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 and the scandal surrounding it, 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 won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.
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 use whose lives can be downloaded seem to have the most value.
How is it possible for a book to make you feel so many different emotions all at the same time? I don’t really know how, but somehow Heather Demetrios managed it. I felt so many vivid and conflicting emotions all at the same time in a mere 400 pages.
Hate is a lot like love. It’s warm and fills you up until every part of you is tingling to release it.
What would it be like if you couldn’t even be called by your real name anymore? What if you had to be called by a completely different name that you absolutely hated?
17-year-old Chloe Baker (“Bonnie™”) is furious when her mother announces that their family’s reality TV show Baker’s Dozen (think Kate Plus 8, but with 13 children) will be back on air. All Bonnie™ wants is to have a normal life: hang out with her friends, attend school, have a boyfriend. But how is a normal life possible when you’ve got cameras filming your every move?
As a protagonist, I sympathized with Chloe completely. Her desire to be a normal teenager, and not have to be constantly followed by cameras, was heartbreaking and realistic. I just couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to have to be documented for your whole life.
I loved the emphasis placed on friendship throughout the story. It was a unique focus and I won’t hesitate to see that it’s not something specifically common in YA literature, but I found it fantastic. Chloe and her older brother Benny have a fantastic relationship, as do Chloe and her best friends Tessa and Mar.
Best of all, though, Something Real really makes you think about reality TV. What would it be like to have to go through something like this for 17 years? To have some of your most personal moments visible to the entire world with simply the click of a Google search button? Is the fame really worth it? Is it really as good as it seems?