For Real is for real fun

For Real is for real fun

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.

For RealFor Real by Alison Cherry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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