Friday, June 7, 2013

ARC Review: Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
250 Pages

With a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and stepdad who are too strict, Estella Blanchard is a typical teenage girl-except that her daily struggles are plotlines on the reality show
Seven Is Heaven, which relentlessly documents her life as the older half-sister of sextuplets. Estella's an Oscar-worthy actress at hiding her true feelings from the camera.

However, she can't outrun the spotlight when she receives a Christmas present from her biological father...who died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances. Blamed for this "sick prank," Estella is placed in an unorthodox support group for troubled child stars-including a twenty-three-year-old has-been, a backstabbing drama queen, and a super-cute (but very off-limits) boy bander. And, as weird as the group is, when a creepy paparazzo starts stalking her, claiming that her dad is actually alive, Estella's going to need their help to uncover the truth and stay alive.

16 year old Estella Blanchard is one of the stars of reality tv’s hottest show, Seven is Heaven. She’s your typical teenager, except everything in her life is scripted. While taping their Christmas episode, a present appears under the tree addressed to Estella. The sender? Her biological father who died in a car crash years earlier. Her parents blame her and ship her off to celebrity therapy. Meanwhile, Estella’s just trying to figure out who sent that package and if her father is really dead.

I enjoyed most of this story – the last half at least. I had a hard time in the beginning getting through based on the parents. Her mother and stepfather were horrible people. Everything they said or did was for ratings. After finding a present from her dead father, Estella runs up to her room to be alone only to have one of the sextuplets come in and start quizzing her about her real father – in front of a camera after being prompted by the parents. They were just horrible. The way they treated Estella disgusted me and almost turned me off of the book. There was just so much manipulation and lying going around from people you were supposed to be able to trust. I’m sorry, encouraging bullying between the children and telling one of them to lose weight because she’s chubby is just not right. YOU’RE HORRIBLE PARENTS. 

However, I stuck with it. And we finally moved away from parents and were introduced to two characters who became important figures: Jake, the heartthrob singer and Dylan, the washed up former tv star. I loved the scenes with the three of them. Jake, who I liked instantly, understood Estella like nobody ever had before. Their connection was believable and I rooted for the two of them.

Dylan was pure comic relief. I mean, he created a distraction by having Justin Beiber perform on top of a limo. But he was loyal. He stood by his friends when everything went crazy. He was just so much fun.

The story took an interesting turn about halfway through and became this mystery that surrounded Estella, her father, and other people she thought she knew. Most of it was a little unbelievable and there were a few holes here and there, but I won’t deny that I was intrigued by the mystery. Overall, an enjoyable read.  
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment :

  1. Your teaser was the first I'd seen of this book, but it sounds kind of great, once you get passed the horrible parents. I'm so sick of horrible parents in books. I know they exist, but rarely do I like reading about them...unless they're getting their comeuppance. :P Thanks for the honest review. I think I'll add this one to the TBR.


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