Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: For Real by Alison Cherry

For Real
Author:  Alison Cherry
Publisher:  Delacorte Press, 304 pages
Expected Publication Date:  December 9, 2014
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?

What I liked:

1.  The reality show premise was fun, with teams performing challenges and racing around the world.  I didn't see the twist with the show coming at all and it definitely threw a wrench in Miranda and Claire's plans to sabotage Miranda's ex-boyfriend.

2.  I liked Claire.  She's shy and naive when it comes to guys, but incredibly smart.  She grows up a lot in this book.  I enjoyed her doing things out of her comfort zone and becoming more confident.  

3.  Love and bonding between sisters.  I felt the same way that Claire did, annoyed with Miranda for treating her like such a little kid, but it was realistic and I appreciated the focus on their relationship and how it was important for them to be there for each other, and how much more important their relationship was versus some crush.  

What I didn't like:

I was unsure about the romance the whole book because, given the reality show premise, I didn't trust Will.  The way all of that plays out was surprising, and I'm still unsure how I feel about it.  Maybe too realistic?  And the challenges started to get a bit repetitive, I wanted more interaction between the characters outside of the challenges.  

Fast-paced, with drama and humor, this was a pretty cute read.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Sounds interesting. I'm not sure how much I'm dying to read it but it sounds interesting enough. Great review!

  2. I haven't read anything by this author before but this one sounds pretty interesting, I'll definitely have to keep my eye on it at the library :)

  3. I do like the lure of the reality show premise, yet I am a little scare about the romance. But I will keep this in mind for a cute, fun read.

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