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The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

February 11th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description from Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they’ve trained them on you.

When Jesse O’Rourke gets picked for a “documentary” being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she’s tempted to turn down the offer. But there’s a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she’s studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for “what sells on camera.” . . . At least there’s one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse’s crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their “characters” to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

While this book wasn’t bad it took me awhile to get through it.  It was a great idea and I can’t imagine what it would be like to constantly have cameras around while having to pretend to be friends with a bunch of people you don’t care for.  Jesse’s best friend’s reaction to her getting on the show was a bit of a turn off but other than that everything else goes pretty much as expected and you know who Jesse is going to end up with in the end.  Jesse’s parents were a surprise though.  The way they reacted to the stress Jesse was under and the publicity she gets after the show airs seems really selfish.  It was like they thought the money was more important than Jesse’s happiness and then they seemed to always think the worst of Jesse despite there not being any past reasons to do so.  Still this is probably a good insight into what some of these cast members of shows like The Real World go through.

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