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Reality Ends Here

Reality Ends Here

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by Alison Gaylin
From the Edgar-nominated author of Into the Dark comes the riveting and witty story of a teenage girl caught between her image-obsessed family—stars of a hit reality show about her sextuplet siblings—and the long-buried truth about her biological father.

With a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and


From the Edgar-nominated author of Into the Dark comes the riveting and witty story of a teenage girl caught between her image-obsessed family—stars of a hit reality show about her sextuplet siblings—and the long-buried truth about her biological father.

With a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and stepdad who are too strict, Estella Blanchard is a typical teenage girl—except that her daily struggles are plotlines on the reality show Seven Is Heaven, which relentlessly documents her life as the older half-sister of sextuplets. Estella’s an Oscar-worthy actress at hiding her true feelings from the camera.

However, she can’t outrun the spotlight when she receives a Christmas present from her biological father...who died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances. Blamed for this “sick prank,” Estella is placed in an unorthodox support group for troubled child stars—including a twenty-three-year-old has-been, a backstabbing drama queen, and a super-cute (but very off-limits) boy bander. And, as weird as the group is, when a creepy paparazzo starts stalking her, claiming that her dad is actually alive, Estella's going to need their help to uncover the truth and stay alive.

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Sixteen-year-old Estella Blanchard is the eldest sister in the hit reality TV show Seven is Heaven. But it is not until she receives a mysterious Christmas present hinting that her deceased father might be alive that things really start to get real. Accused of the Christmas-morning stunt and of leaking the video footage to the Web, Estella is forced into group therapy. The group, Too Much Too Soon, caters to a special clientele: child stars. Members include sitcom actors, a victim of a viral video and the crush-worthy boy-band member Jake Astor. Estella is used to public scrutiny, but when a reviled photographer begins stalking her, not to take photos, but to give her information, she is not sure whom to trust. Filled with pop-culture references and even featuring a cameo by Justin Bieber, this fast-paced mystery keeps its tension from beginning to end. Estella is a spot-on combination of sass and teenage vulnerability, and Jake is far smarter than the teen tabloids let on. Estella's relationship with her littlest sister, Gracie, is especially touching. The nods to familiar Hollywood and music-industry figures will quickly date this story, but reality-show lovers and haters alike will enjoy the behind-the-scenes perspective. (Mystery. 12 & up)

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Alison Gaylin is a journalist and author of six novels: the Edgar Award-nominated Hide Your Eyes, You Kill Me, Trashed, Heartless, And She Was and Into the Dark. Reality Ends Here is her first young adult novel.

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Reality Ends Here 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Rosemary_Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, it was a good read. I was looking forward to reading this book.   The story line looked interesting, and I was inquisitive to find out what life is like in the house of a reality TV family. I found the story entertaining and an easy read, but the plot fell a bit flat in the middle of the story and never seemed to gain momentum.  The mystery surrounding the deceased father also seemed a bit far-fetched and the characters involved (the bad guys) did not come across as well as they could have. My favourite character in the book was Dylan, one of the minor characters, he had some serious problems, but he was honest and real.   All in all I enjoyed the book and I think it is a book that will appeal to the tween and early teen readers, and for that reason I give it four stars. I received this book from NetGalley to review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Estella&rsquo;s life is an open book, a little too open because her family, has their own reality TV show. The only REAL things about it are that it is totally invasive and commercialized. After the death of her father, Estella&rsquo;s mom remarries and now Estella is the big sister to sextuplets, now six years old. Nothing is private, nothing is sacred, truth is an illusion and she is tired of it, suffering because of it and feeling isolated and lost. When falsely accused of playing a cruel prank on Christmas, Estella must attend &lsquo;therapy&rsquo; with other troubled Hollywood kids and there are those who see another avenue to make more money off the plastic fa&ccedil;ade of her life. Doesn&rsquo;t anyone care about the emotional toll this is taking on the sextuplets? When Estella is led to believe her father may still be alive, she becomes obsessed with finding him, again, making more fodder for public consumption. When will it end? In spite of the twisted and skewed tale of the negative effects of living for the public&rsquo;s morbid curiosity, <b>Reality Ends Here</b> by Alison Gaylin is a thoroughly entertaining read, probably because, in spite of it all, Estella keeps her wits about her, possibly being the most mature and mentally stable character in the book! There are deeply emotional scenes that made me want to smack some sense into the star-struck adult characters. There are quirky characters, a cameo appearance by a young rock star and a sweet romantic interest for Estella that adds depth to this quick read. Alison Gaylin has written a good tale of what NOT to do to your family, intentionally or not! (Too bad the general public seems to love this kind of stuff!) Her style is crisp, easy to follow and the pace flows along well, complete with characters you can easily enjoy or despise! This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Pocket Star in exchange for my honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Are you a reality tv fan?  Do you like to read books that take you behind the scenes?  As I would answer YES, to both questions, I loved this book that took me inside a reality tv show through the eyes of the teenager where her home has become the set for the show.  One might think this show has some similarities to John &amp; Kate Gosselin's adventure in reality tv, but I do wonder what the author used as a reference. 
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Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I have so many thoughts &ndash; positive and negative &ndash; about this cute YA mystery, I don&rsquo;t know where to start, so I&rsquo;m just going to throw it all out there in the order it pops into my head. Okay, so first things first. The reason I picked up this book for review is because it sounded fascinating and completely different from the usual YA formula, and indeed this is exactly what it ended up being: different. Suffice to say, I enjoyed it tremendously. The behind-the-scenes parts about what things are like when the cameras aren&rsquo;t rolling and how staged reality shows really are, was a definite eye-opener for me and a big reason why I enjoyed this book so much. The tongue-in-cheek mention of sponsors providing food to showcase their brands during the filming of each episode of &ldquo;Seven is Heaven&rdquo;, was a nice touch, and yet another eye-opener for anyone who thought reality shows are reality. I have to add here that I&rsquo;m not a fan of reality tv, so naturally, the Kardashians and other such similar shows hold no attraction for me (and also because said Kardashians is a firm favorite with my hubby). So on to the story. The mystery elements were well plotted and kept me guessing all the way. Most of it was unpredictable and the real culprit at the end was someone I didn&rsquo;t suspect at all. The little bit of romance there is in this story happens more towards the end and is &ndash; thank goodness &ndash; not the main focus or the key element driving the plot. I didn&rsquo;t much care for most of the characters and I especially didn&rsquo;t like Estella&rsquo;s mom. The things she and her husband, Barry, made the sextuplets and Estella do for the sake of entertainment was sometimes downright bad parenting. I couldn&rsquo;t view Estella&rsquo;s mom as anything other than pretentious and shallow, and even when the cameras weren&rsquo;t rolling I found her to be cold and distant. A few of the sextuplets got more attention than the rest of their siblings and Estella also seemed to have her own favorites, but overall I found the six younger siblings the most entertaining of the entire cast of characters.  Estella is okay if you add a pinch of salt and I felt as frustrated as she did with all the grown-ups withholding the truth from her and trying to keep her in the dark about her father, but sometimes she annoyed me with her bratty behavior. If ever I came across a contradicting main character, she was definitely it. The one character I did like a lot was Steve. He seemed to be the most balanced of all of them and if I ever need a bodyguard, I would like to have someone like him. Not only did he safeguard Estella and her family, he is also a terrific friend to her and her siblings. There were times though when his evasiveness frustrated me as I felt he could&rsquo;ve provided some of the answers Estella needed. But that&rsquo;s neither here nor there and his caginess didn&rsquo;t lessen my overall enjoyment of the story. Like I said before, Reality Ends Here is an engaging mystery which made for a fun, quick and fluffy read. The author kept it straightforward and drew me into the world of reality television with a flourish. The ending was good, but rather anticlimactic after all that build-up. Not the exciting finale I had hoped for, but definitely one I didn&rsquo;t expect. I&rsquo;d recommend this book for readers aged twelve and up. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.