For Real by Allison Cherry is being released tomorrow, and it is a funny, engaging contemporary YA read. There is a reality show component, but don’t let that turn you off. I might have read this book instead of grading a pile of essays at work one day. I tried to resist its siren call, but I just gave in and gorged on it. (Don’t worry, I got them graded eventually). The author also responded to my review on Goodreads, which I always think is very cool.
Two sisters decide to get revenge on a cheating ex boyfriend by getting cast on the same reality tv show as him. Things don’t go exactly as planned when they learn the show has a romantic element that will separate Team Revenge and put them in some situations they hadn’t bargained for. It was funny, it was fast paced, and I was rooting for the narrator. Claire is so hopeful and naive, and she is a part of who we all are when we first let ourselves believe in love. Her loyalty to her sister is nicely contrasted with her justified baby sister resentments. While there are some messages about looking beyond initial impressions, this is ultimately a lighthearted contemporary YA read. Even if you hate reality TV, this is still worth sampling. The language, sensuality, and situations are appropriate for high school students, and I am adding it to my high school classroom library wish list.
This book is available in the MHS library.