Reality Boy

Reality Boy

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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 knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 32mm | 490g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316222704
  • 9780316222709
  • 412,085

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At once much more than a coming out novel and one of the best coming-out novels in years...Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all its messy, modern complexity. -- Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
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About A.s. King

A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. When asked about her writing, King says, 'Some people don't know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that's an accurate description of how I feel every day.' She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children. Her website is
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Rating details

10,941 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 28% (3,096)
4 38% (4,209)
3 23% (2,568)
2 6% (703)
1 3% (365)

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3.5/5 Stars For me personally, I liked the ideas and topics that were mentioned and represented in this book. It really made me think and comtemplate about certain things that I can relate to and connect with. This was my first A. S. King book, and although I can't say that I favor any particular characters, I found myself amazed at how she was able to capture and carry out what a boy (in this case, Gerald) would do when he's put in more than just sticky situations. She made it so that I forgot for a second, that this was written from the point of view of a female author. From the looks of it (and based on her previous works) "Reality Boy" is a standalone, and although the ending did have a sense of conclusion, I found myself questioning more things about some of the characters. (Spoilers alert!) For instance, did Gerald and his father stayed in the other house? Did Lisi finally visit? Was Gerald able to keep up with the regular class courses? Was he accepted into a college? (Spoilers ends here.) If she were to ever write another novel, or even short story regarding on "Reality Boy," I would definitely be interested in picking it up. Definitely interested in reading her other books. ^.^ ***My review is also on Goodreads: more
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