- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1078 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (7 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HA426MI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,064,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I don’t watch TV now, give me a good book, but even when I did “reality” TV wasn’t my thing. Its so scripted, the title Reality is a real misnomer....Still, it makes for some great stories, I’ve read some real crackers – and some huge fails too :-)
So where does this one fit? Well, to begin I thought it was going to be great. I loved Jen, love the way the build-up brought her to the point of the show.
Some great characters in the mix of the 12 people selected, a real cross section with – hurrah – someone to dislike intensely. Those characters always add such interest. the games were good too, and we got to see just how some people can manipulate things to get their way.
I did get a bit irritated at the relationship drama, the does he/doesn’t he, did they /didn’t they stuff. It seemed very high school/teen thing, not the 21-25 age group, but I guess when you’re stuck in that intense, focussed, hot house environment with people no doubt chosen to provide friction and good TV, then it’s kind of inevitable.
As a fun read it was great, as a romance not so for me, it was more speculation than actual happening most of the while, so the ending felt a bit strange. I couldn’t see it working like that.
In fact I felt the ending was very rushed, at about 85% we still seemed to be only halfway through the show, still very much into the games and the voting, then suddenly it was all ended.
Very abrupt and unexpected. I had flipped to the end at the 85% mark just to see if maybe there was a second book, it seemed so far off being completed, so for me that part spoiled it.Read more ›
So Jennifer had it all thought through. She had a job, a boyfriend and a lot of depth. Well, that last one she tried not to think of a lot, but she did her best to deal with the payments. All that until she finds out that her boyfriend is a cheater. Not only that, but she gets fired, and she also has to evacuate her apartment in a few months. Her whole world comes to ashes in a couple of days. Thankfully, she gets chosen for a reality show with a $250,000 prize to run through the summer. At least she has something to do until she gets it all sorted out.
In the show she gets to know many people that vary from good and intelligent to stupid and mean. Pretty much what people can find in most reality shows. She doesn’t give up as she has a target: to pay her bills and restore her life. What she didn’t expect was to find love, or what it looked like love.
The author gives a glimpse of life in the real life and life in a reality show, pretty much as we can see every day. The characters she created are not far from real life characters and are those or some of those we would expect to find in a reality show. She has done a great job on that part.
The content of the show is pretty nice too. It could be a real show, no argue on that. The descriptions and narrative create vivid images, that put the reader into the viewer’s position, as if the show was on TV instead of a book!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Laura Heffernan is an adult contemporary romantic comedy told in first-person, past tense. I’m so excited about this book for so many reasons, it’s hard to focus my thoughts. Before I tackle the first page, I have to mention the premise of a quirky millennial entering a reality TV show pegs my “oh hell yes” meter. I’m not sure if I’d rather see her succeed in a happily ever after or fail in the most horribly epic way. One thing’s certain. I’m sure as hell glued to this impending train wreck.
There is something magic about writing that “flows.” For me, that magic is rhythm, and it’s something you can’t teach an author. Like hovering a helicopter (or maybe balancing a bike is a better metaphor), learning to string words and sentences together with a pleasant rhythm takes practice, practice, practice, and more practice until at long last, something subconsciously CLICKS! (to put it onomatopoetically) 😉
And it’s no surprise given Heffernan’s obsession with her opening that she nailed it.
But it’s not just the rhythm that makes this first page sing, it’s the carefully woven backstory. Laura Heffernan is definitely an author to watch.
This first page does a lot:
Readership: Adult. The main character is past her college years.
Genre: It’s not so clear in this first page. Without the benefit of the blurb, I might have guessed women’s fiction. The cover doesn’t scream romance or comedy, and neither does the first page.
Mood and voice: The mood is decidedly uncomfortable: cold and bored. The voice rings true as that of a hard-working, yet dissatisfied and possibly whiny millennial who let her insurance lapse.
Setting: Perfect feel of an office, quite possibly a cubical, without hitting me over the head with it.
“Tell me more” factor: Even though there’s no question in my mind at the end of this page, and even though there’s no adrenaline yet, I’d keep reading for the rhythm, the voice, and what the blurb promises will be an intriguing romance. Well done! I enjoyed this opening!
This first page earns 4 North of Normal stars and 5 Amazon stars!
I’m buying this book in paperback right now.
I love how the author avoided a lot of cliches I was expecting--the MC isn't bookish and shy (getting really tired of that one), her boyfriend at the start of the book is really nice and endearing (because I read so many books where the MC starts out dating a total jerk and I always think, what's the attraction? Maybe...don't date a jerk?). And the line, "The gay guy never wins these things." So sad, so true. The endearing gay guy is probably a strong second place finisher in lots of reality shows, huh? That sucks. Anyway, this book was a really fun read, and I enjoyed all the growing friendships and secret reveals throughout. Having the very end told through media coverage of the show was a fun technique and a great way to picture what happened to everyone afterward. 4.5 stars!
The author's writing is excellent, flows well and the dialogue is natural. The cover is excellent!
Having no idea what goes on behind the scenes of a "reality" show - and suspecting everything is contrived - I was not disappointed in the plot, but this work felt "realistic" in that the author didn't try to go too far over the top. Certainly, some of the characters were larger than life and obviously production companies choose them for that reason. Tension is well maintained, not the least of which is why Jen, a reasonable person, is regarded by the viewers as a person to be eliminated throughout the show. The revelation of the reason for this is a very clever tying up of the plot.
One aspect I particularly liked about this book was the lack of hysteria in the plot, in spite of the subject matter frequently being shown as chaotic and hysterical when shown on TV!
I would like to read more by this author :)
I'm so glad that they gave us a sneak peek at book 2 in the series (Sweet Reality) because the ending was pitch perfect and made me desperate to find out what happens next. But, like my favorite reality show, I have to wait a few more months
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