FROM GOODREADS: 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.
Dear Something Real,
I picked you up for my first TBR Thursday pick, because I've had you since the day you released, but somehow you got pushed to the bottom of my pile. It's possible that the reason is that I wasn't that big of a contemporary reader a few months ago. Now I eat all the contemporaries up like they are ice cream. You were no different. I immediately drew into Bonnie's world, much like the audience who watches Bonnie's show, Baker's Dozen.
One thing's, for sure, I wasn't expecting you to have some darker situations within your pages. I was under the impression that you were a light summer read. Don't get me wrong, it didn't make me love you any less. In fact, it probably made me enjoy you a tiny bit more than I would've if you were a lighter read.
You really reminded me of Cheaper by the Dozen. Of course, they didn't have a tv show, but the fact that there were so many siblings is what made me make that association. The only thing I wish I would've been able to see a bit more of would've been the other siblings. I only got glimpses of what they were actually like, except for the older twins, Benton and Lexie. Did I mention how much I love Benton?! Well, I did. A lot. I loved his character, and his secret relationship with Matt. Then, there's Patrick. Oh, I really felt the swoons for Patrick. Le sigh.
I couldn't imagine having my life broadcasted without my permission all over the country on t.v.- let alone, the few times it was actually live! I felt really bad for Benny and Bonnie. I didn't blame them for the extremes they took to get a little relief from the stress. I would've probably done the same.
All in all, Something Real, you were, in fact, one of the realest reads I've ever read. The characters were amazingly developed, and the cute little dates between Patrick and Bonnie won my heart. I'll be looking forward to your author's next releases, and counting down the days! FOUR HEARTS! :)