Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Expected publication: October 22nd, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.
Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.
Why I’m excited: Because it’s A.S. King! She gets a huge amount of praise from bloggers, and for good reason – I haven’t read all her books, but Ask the Passengers was absolutely fantastic and the rest of her novels sound just as good. I’m fascinated by the idea of what it must be like to have your every move filmed, especially as a child, and have always wondered how much of what you see on reality television is true vs. how much is scripted, so books about reality stars or ex-ones are automatic adds to my TBR list. It’s just an incredibly interesting subject, and Reality Boy sounds like an emotional rollercoaster of a look into this pop culture phenomenon.
Question for my readers: Do you think you would be able to handle being on a reality show? Why or why not?
Personally, I wouldn’t, because thanks to social anxiety I already feel like everybody is watching and judging me anyway. I don’t need to have those (generally irrational) feelings confirmed! Plus, the idea of becoming a meme due to one stupid phrase or action is really, really frightening. I’ve always felt kind of bad for reality stars who are mercilessly mocked on the Internet, especially younger ones. Being a teenager is hard enough already without the entire world using something you said as an ironic catchphrase or proof that THE YOUTH OF AMERICA TODAY, THEY’RE SO STUPID WITH THEIR INSTANT GRAMS AND EYE PHONES BLAH BLAH BLAH.
What are you looking forward to this week?