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 and the scandal surrounding it, 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 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.
This book came into my hands at a perfect time. I was in desperate need of a 5 star book and I am so happy I moved this to the top of my TBR so fast. All Chloe (formerly known as Bonnie™ Baker) wanted was a chance at being normal. She got her wish but before long she is thrust back into the spotlight she not only hates but didn’t choose. SOMETHING REAL did a great job at portraying what life is like being a reality TV star as well commenting on how this lifestyle can effect a person.
I have to say the best part of this book is the relationships Chloe has with others. First, the interactions between her and her brother Benny were near perfection. They share witty banter as well as support each other in all their endeavors. Benny is Chloe’s biggest fan, always finding a way to make her crappy situations better. In a family of 13 kids it is important to have someone looking out for you. Then there are Chloe’s best friends Tessa and Mer. They help bring normalcy to Chloe’s chaotic life. Tess and Mer were great, supportive friends that I love seeing in YA. Finally you have the epitome of an awesome love interest in Patrick. Oh Patrick Sheldon why are there not more boys like you? He is a great counterpart to Chloe and was perfect in every scene. Not every boy would be so laid back about the unusual situation but also incredibly invested in Chole’s life.
The thing I desperately want after finishing this book is a short prequel.Chloe and Patrick’s interest in each other did not feel like a case of instalove but there were not early stages of the crush. It would have been incredibly fun to read about Chloe’s developing feelings for him. This is not a problem with the book, I’m just needy when it comes to swoony boys.