Reality Check

Paperback | June 1, 2011

byJen Calonita

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Sixteen-year-olds Charlie, Keiran, Brooke, and Hallie have just been signed up for their own reality television show. They can't even believe it. "You'll beThe HillsmeetsThe Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Armani-suited executive tells them, "and the hottest thing on our network." How could they say no?

But soon enough, cameras following them everywhere and interfering producers surreptitiously scripting their lives start to affect the four best friends' relationships. Brooke seems to want all the screen time. Keiran is abruptly written out of the show--and, consequently, the group's friendship--when she doesn't rate well. As soon as Charlie realizes what's going on, she figures out the perfect way to give the studio and her home audience a much-needed reality check.

Because friends don't let friends do reality shows.

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Sixteen-year-olds Charlie, Keiran, Brooke, and Hallie have just been signed up for their own reality television show. They can't even believe it. "You'll beThe HillsmeetsThe Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Armani-suited executive tells them, "and the hottest thing on our network." How could they say no?But soon enough, camer...

Jen Calonita is a former magazine editor who has interviewed everyone from Justin Timberlake to Reese Witherspoon. She lives in New York with her husband, Mike; sons, Dylan and Tyler; and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow. She invites you to visit her online at www.jencalonitaonline.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316045535

ISBN - 13:9780316045537

Appropriate for ages: 12

Customer Reviews of Reality Check

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it !!! i couldnt put it down! this book's storyline is very original because it shows you that being offered to be on a reality show an being famous isn't always the right decision.
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you'd like to see how Scripted Reality works... On principle, this is a really useful book. It discusses the truth behind "scripted reality" shows. However, with LA CANDY and HUNGER GAMES, it's not a new concept. (Honestly, HUNGER GAMES is more interesting to read.) If you enjoy Jen Calonita's other novels, then you'll enjoy this one. If you're not familiar with Calonita, REALITY CHECK is fairly tame and not a whole lot really happens in it. This is definitely not the teen version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA for TV. REALITY CHECK is what I'd recommend for a "plane"/"beach" book—read it when you need something to pass the time and you don't want to have to think.
Date published: 2010-04-20