Published by Delacorte on December 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.
Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.
When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.
But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?
Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read For Real via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s be honest, I am one of those people who picks a book up because of what the cover looks like. Maybe not all the time, but a majority of the time, this is true for me whenever I am in a bookstore or looking at the books available for request on Netgalley. In this case, that is exactly what attracted me to For Real by Alison Cherry. The cover is so lively & fun. It made me wish I were standing with the two girls posing for the camera along side them.
For Real is about two sisters, Claire & Miranda, who are complete opposites. Claire is socially awkward, shy, and all about pop culture references & reality TV. Miranda is the lively, outgoing sibling with a little more life experience. When Miranda’s boyfriend, Samir, cheats on her, Claire helps come up with the ultimate revenge by competing on the same reality TV show that Samir is participating on. When the sisters make it onto the show, they find that what they thought was an Amazing Race style show actually has a big twist that ends up testing the relationship between sisters.
What I thought was going to be a romantic story ended up being a story about the relationship between two sisters & I loved it. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that focused primarily on the relationship between siblings and I wish there were more books like this. They enter the reality show thinking that they have a perfect relationship, but as their adventure gets underway, there are underlying issues that the sisters must deal with and overcome all while the whole country watches. Reading this was a breath of fresh air. It demonstrated that any relationship, between sisters, friends, significant others, whoever, are not always as perfect as we think them to be. When Claire and Miranda realize that they have issues they need to work through, they do & they don’t let the craziness that is the reality TV business get in the way.
Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the humor. The Limerick Game is something Claire & Miranda have done ever since they were little. It is where one person names another person and the other has about a minute to come up with a quick limerick about said person. The limericks Claire & Miranda came up with always left me laughing out loud. The humor was not limited to the limerick game though. Throughout the entire book, there was plenty of witty banter between the characters which I loved and of course, with it being set during a reality show, the characters find humorous ways to act for the cameras.
The only aspect of this book that frustrated me was the impending relationship status Claire found herself in. Yes, I realize this book focused primarily on Claire and her sister, but there was still a part of me that wished to see something, anything, happen for Claire’s romantic status. At least after the reality show was over. However, I am pleased with the outcome of the book & loved that Claire & Miranda got their revenge, even if it wasn’t the way they thought it would happen. For Real is an entertaining read that was a breath of fresh air. If you’re a fan of reality TV, then this book is the one for you.
3.5 stars out of 5.