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, Bonnie has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight.Read more...
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, 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 that 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.
Heather Demetrios' "Something Real "is the winner of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award."
- ISBN-13: 9780805097948
- ISBN-10: 0805097945
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
- Publish Date: February 2014
- Page Count: 406
- Reading Level: Ages 12-18
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Given the oversaturation of reality television and the strength of the celebrity gossip industrial complex, Demetrios’s addictive yet thoughtful debut, about a teenage TV star in search of normalcy, comes as a welcome reprieve. Chloe Baker (“Bonnie™” to viewing audiences) grew up as a young star of Baker’s Dozen, a cross between Big Brother and Jon & Kate Plus 8. MetaReel Productions tracked her family’s every move for years until Chloe attempted suicide at age 13; four years later, Chloe’s mother has agreed to let the cameras back into their lives. Unlike Chloe’s 11 siblings, many of whom were adopted from around the globe, Chloe and her closeted brother, Benny, aren’t ready to rejoin the media circus. Though there’s plenty of prime time–worthy drama, the book isn’t all paparazzi chases and trash-talk dished out in interviews with producers. Instead, Demetrios smartly focuses on Chloe and Benny’s fight to fit in, pursue romantic relationships, and be their real selves while trying to maintain a sliver of privacy. A natural follow-up for fans of A.S. King’s recent Reality Boy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Feb.)