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Something Real

Heather Demetrios

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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.

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SEASON 17, EPISODE 1
 

(The One with the Cameras)
It took me four years, seven shrinks, three different hair colors, one Zen meditation retreat, and over six hundred mochas to get to this moment.
I step up to the blue velvet backdrop and face the camera. When the photographer isn’t paying attention, I wipe the back of my hand over my damp forehead, then clutch my fingers behind my back, like I’m a two-year-old with a secret. I shouldn’t have worn the sweater-shirt. The wool is itchy, and I’m about two seconds away from breaking out in hives. God, why
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"Smart, funny book that kids will binge read." —Booklist
 
"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." —Publishers Weekly
 
"This chilling satire follows one teenager’s efforts to escape from the reality TV franchise financially supporting her large family. . . Sobering and thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"With likable protagonists and snappy dialogue, Something Real credibly zooms in on reality TV’s impact on unwilling subjects–a shoo-in for teens drawn to contemporary romance and drama." —School Library Journal
 
Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Heather Demetrios

  • When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the east coast home. Heather is part of the Summer 2014 Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA class at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award for Something Real. She's never been on reality TV, but her grandmother keeps begging her to do The Amazing Race.
  • Heather Demetrios
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