KDL Recommends > Staff Picks > March 2014
Title: Reality Boy
Author: A.S. King
“Gerald is famous (infamous, really) because his family starred in a reality TV show when he was younger. ‘Reality Boy’ is his journey of self-acceptance, understanding his unbelievably dysfunctional family, and navigating first love. It’s totally engaging, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Gerald. I loved it!”
—Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch
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 started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s 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.