Royce Rolls by Margaret StohlRoyce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

Royce Rolls

byMargaret Stohl

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family's reality show,Rolling with the Royces,and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Really real. Like, not reality show real.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood,Royce Rollsis a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.
Margaret Stohl is the #1New York Timesbest-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. She is also the author of the instant best-sellerBlack Widow: Forever Red, and its sequelBlack Widow: Red Vengeance, or as noted by one television writer, "those little paper things." (The word you're looking for isbooks.) Growing up in the ...
Title:Royce RollsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:FreeformLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484732332

ISBN - 13:9781484732335

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oodles of Drama Actual Rating 3.5 Stars As I sit here, typing out this review a few days after I finished reading Royce Rolls, I’m realizing that I STILL don’t know what I feel. It took me a three days to get through the first half of this book, mostly because it took me a while to get used to everything about this book – the car names that the characters had, how disconnected they were and how much I struggled to connect with any one of them but the book did get better and I read the last half in a matter of two hours! LET ME EXPLAIN: 1. When I say the word Royce’s, think Kardashians. Royce Rolls opens with their reality show on Hiatus, and the renewal of their sixth season seriously in doubt. The family is in a state of panic, except for the middle child, Bentley Royce who just wants a normal life and to go to college. 2. The book started off well enough, giving you a standard shocking ending in the first chapter and then going back in time and showing you how the characters reached there but getting used to the characters was a bit of a task for me. Honestly, these aren’t my type of people – I’m definitely more grounded but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading about the rich and the famous (Case in Point: Gossip Girl) 3. I liked Bentley. I sympathised with Bentley. She was probably my favourite character with her ultra-scheming mind and her dreams to just be normal. I LIKED THIS GIRL WITH THE RAINBOW HAIR (Because HOW COOL IS RAINBOW HAIR?) but *SPOILER* How could she not recognize that the TWO BOYS SHE WAS PINING OVER WERE THE SAME? (I’m sort of shocked, honestly, and highlights that on some level, she was a very superficial character) 4. Porshe (Bentley’s older Sister), Mercedes (Bentley’s mother) and Bach (Bentley’s Brother) were pretty much who I expected them to be and hence I actually enjoyed reading their hysterics and manipulations. Their dramatic lives were so Reality TV worthy! 5. I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THE ENDING. I didn’t expect to end on such a high note, to be honest but it was cute and more importantly, IT TOOK ME BY SURPRISE. I love Diego Sanchez and Asa and Venice and Bentley. It was this amazing ending which I didn’t expect from a book I wasn’t LOVING left me smiling as I closed the book. If you’re into hysterical manipulations, famous families and boatloads of drama Royce Rolls is probably the book for you. Definitely worth at least one read to experience the madness that is “Reality TV”
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl This book had a slightly slower start, than I had anticipated, but this only served to heighten the similarity to the reality TV world it was mirroring. First episodes often begin with character introductions and, from there, the series sees a slow build-ups of suspense, culminating in a dramatic finale that ensures you come back for the next season!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, Satire-filled YA read I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks!) This book is very much a jab at reality tv culture. It's also a mystery. The book starts by saying the MC is dead. So while reading the past, you're trying to figure out what actually happened. At times it's entertaining, but ultimately a bit confusing. Royce Rolls is about Bentley Royce (yes, all the characters on this show are named after cars...) who is part of her family's reality TV show. It's currently fighting against a reality show about ducks (think a cooking show mixed with Duck Dynasty) and losing. So the Royce family is trying to come up with something to boost their show's ratings. Bentley wants out of the reality TV life but to save her family, she must save the show. I think my favourite thing about this book was the amount of satire and the format it was written. This book is written with footnotes from the director of the show, showing how much control there really is. I didn't find the footnotes all that useful or fun, but it just adds to the atmosphere. I did like that there were excerpts of a playbook that the main character had to follow. On her show, she had a character that she had to follow and there is a guide for it. There are also pages of a blog that is posted and the tweets of the characters are shown. Ultimately, it does create a really good atmosphere. Some of my other thoughts: -I did find the plot twist to be a bit unbelievable. Didn't see it coming (yay) but you get to that point and you're like, seriously? I went through all of that for this? -I did like seeing this world unveiled in a novel. It has the drama that you want in a YA contemporary novel and reality TV. But at times, it was a little over the top, which was the point, but still. -I'm the kind of person who loves books based on characters. I found these characters hard to like and hard to dislike so I found this book a bit bleh. If you are looking for a dramatic novel that makes fun of reality TV culture as well as a book about family, pick up Royce Rolls.
Date published: 2017-03-31

Editorial Reviews

"[T]his funny, fast-paced read . . . explores identity, tragedy, and rallying around the people you love. . . . A smart, satirical edge separates this Hollywood chick-lit from many others."-Kirkus Reviews