Book Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

17332968Gerald is known as the Crapper. His family took part in a reality show when he was 5, his sister Lisi was 7 and his oldest sister, Tasha, was 11. It did not go well, not at all, to say the least

This is the most dysfunctional family you will ever come across! Tasha has made it her life’s mission to kill her fellow siblings, not figuratively but actually tries to kill them. The reality show they took part in cut out all the bits that they didn’t want the tv viewing public to see, like Tasha trying to kill her brother and sister, the mother’s lack of discipline and defending Tasha at every opportunity to the point of making Gerald looking retarded as to get off of being seen as a good mother. To say the family as a whole suffers is an understatement but the one who suffers the most it Gerald.

Dealing with sever anger issues stemming back from childhood, and retreating into Gersday, a fantasy where he eats ice cream, and everything is happy and good, He is now 16 and tries to keep his anger under wraps but fails. Tasha still lives at home, with her boyfriend and is a nymphomaniac who terrorizes the family. Mom Jill still defends her much to Gerald’s and father Doug’s dismay. Lisi, being smart left home and moved to Scotland to study.

Gerald struggles to hold onto sanity when he meets Hannah at work. He knows he shouldn’t get involved with her due to his anger issues but it seems that she has the opposite effect on him and is a calming influence. Hannah has her own issues at home and is known as the Junkman’s daughter. She is a misfit of sorts like him and they both want to escape from home and go somewhere where they can be free. What they learn is to accept their past and move forward.

I loved this book! Having recently read Everybody Sees the Ants recently, and thoroughly enjoyed that one as well, I was expecting something equally as good and wasn’t disappointed at all!

I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars


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