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One Minute Book Review: Something Real

Cover image for Something realSomething Real by Heather Demetrios

Ever wonder what it would be like to be famous? To have your own reality television show? Well, according to Bonnie™ Baker, it’s horrible. That’s right, her name is indeed trademarked. Bonnie™ and her eleven siblings have their own reality TV show called A Baker’s Dozen.  Since her birth, the show has been documenting all of their lives, up until her parent’s divorce. Now, Bonnie™ thinks she’s free of the reality (ahem, horror) show and the paparazzi, until she finds out her mom and step-dad sold their rights (again) for a reboot.

More than just a teen drama book, Something Real deals with mental illness, the rights of people, especially children, suicide, and the reality of it all. 

∼ Samm, Library Page

Something Real
by Heather Demetrios
New York:  Henry Holt and Company, c. 2014




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One Minute Book Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Cover image for No-where but hereIn Nowhere But Here, Katie McGarry introduces us to Emily, who just wants life back to normal. Her mother and adoptive father receive a heart wrenching note telling her that Emily’s grandmother on her biological father’s side has passed away. When they travel to Snowflake, a town of motorcycle gangs and bad memories, her little detour turns into a summer trip. Her father is part of the motorcycle club Reign of Terror, as is his family. Katie McGarry does a wonderful job of creating unique characters and settings.

Oz, a Reign of Terror prospect and family friend, is assigned to protect Emily from a rival club who wants revenge against her father. All Oz wants is to become a club member and for Emily to leave so his world can go back to normal. Neither count on their crushes on each other. As Olivia, Emily’s grandmother gets sicker, Oz and Emily grow closer, sharing dreams and secrets. The developing relationships between Emily and her newly found family are entertaining and interesting. As the story plays out, we discover that sometimes family is as much who we choose as who we are born into.

∼ Bistany, Library Page

Nowhere But Here:  a Thunder Road Novel
by Katie McGarry
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, 2015