Monday, January 27, 2014

Reality Boy: By A.S. King



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" struggling to break free of his anger.

Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV 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. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that...until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Some books are great to read, they have action, adventure, great, characters, but they don’t really make you think. That’s ok because that’s not what those books are meant to do, they are written for entertainment and that’s what they do, they entertain.

Realty Boy is not one of those books.

Realty Boy is terrific book, but it’s terrific in vastly different ways. It will make you feel shocked, horrorstruck, and even blessed for your own life. Most of all it will make you feel.

Realty Boy is also beautiful in its own way. There are not magic fixes, this is not a Disney movie where everything is fixed and there is a montage of happy scenes in the end. But it is an incredibly poignant novel about a boy who lives in an abusive household and the struggles he has in taking control of his life. In fact these realization points are some of the most disturbing/shocking/beautifully written events in the book.

All in all A.S. King is a master wordsmith and anyone who is looking for a book that makes you feel a whole range of emotions should read this book. It is not for everyone as it has highly mature topics, but it is strong, well written, and leaves you feeling raw, as a great novel of this sort is supposed to.


Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers 

Published: October 22, 2013

Price: $18.00

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