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Reality Check | Five Minute Review

Personal Rating: 4 Out of Five Stars


Pages: Hardcover, 288 pages

Published: June 14th 2010 by Poppy (first published May 28th 2010)

Original Title: Reality Check

ISBN: 0316045543 (ISBN13: 9780316045544)

Editions 4 (As of 03/02/14) 


Sixteen-year-olds Charlie, Keiran, Brooke, and Hallie have just been signed up for their own reality television show. They can’t even believe it. “You’ll be The Hills meets The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” the Armani-suited executive tells them, “and the hottest thing on our network.” How could they say no?

But soon enough, cameras following them everywhere and interfering producers surreptitiously scripting their lives start to affect the four best friends’ relationship. Brooke seems to want all the screen time. Keiran is abruptly written out of the show-and consequently the group’s friendship-when she doesn’t rate well. As soon as Charlie realizes what’s going on, she figures out the perfect way to give the studio and her home audience a much-needed reality check.

Because friends don’t let friends do reality shows.

First off, I must apologize for the lack of formatting on my last two reviews; Insurgent By Veronica Roth and The Elite By Kiera Cass. I was in a hurry to get them posted, but was also in the middle of a hectic day. I have mixed feelings about this book. It was an excellent addition to my Jen Calonita book collection but it wasn’t the best book I’ve read in the past four months either. After calculating in several factors; Jen Calonita being my favorite author, the writing in itself, and my lack of love for the characters, I’ve given this book a 4 (four) Out of 5 (five) stars. Is it wrong to rate books based on the authors who write them? That will be a discussion we talk about on a later date wink I liked Charlie, the Protagonist. She was amusing to watch. she couldn’t control her temper at the most crucial times but managed to keep a cool head when a normal person would have gone ballistic. She did have flaws, which she owned up to, plus she believed in herself and her friends. Charlie’s downfall was her best friend Brooke who at times made Charlie be the made guy. Some would say it wasn’t Charlies fault, but Charlie did let it happen -which makes it her fault. All in all this book was another great summer read that I read at the wrong time, but I am grateful because Jen Calonita’s witty flare made me smile -even in the coldest months.


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