Review: For Real by Alison Cherry

For Real by Alison Cherry

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? 
First Line:"On the tiny screen of my phone, I watch Jayden Montoya grill grubs over a campfire."

Review:For Real was a surprising read, for some reason I didn't think I was going to love it as much as I did. It has to do with family and sisterly bonds, oh and lets not forget reality t.v. This was a fun read I don't know how else to describe it.

Claire and Miranda join a reality t.v. show for revenge against Samir, Miranda's ex-boyfriend who she caught in bed with another girl at her college graduation party. Claire thinks this will be a great way to re-connect with her sister since she feels Miranda doesn't really get her or really knows her anymore since in Miranda's mind Claire is still the little kid she knew before she went off to college.

The story really picked up for me once the reality show aspect of it started. The girls thought they were going to do Amazing Race Around the World instead it ends up being a dating version of the show and they are constantly partnered up with someone of the opposite sex. The sisters end up really getting into it with each other over the course of the show since Miranda is there trying to do everything in her power to avoid being partnered up with Samir and Claire is doing everything she can to stay by Will's side, a boy she met during the casting of the show and poor Claire who claims to be a reality show expert forgets the biggest thing about reality show....that everyone is acting.

It did take me a minute to warm up to Claire since the girl is a little judgey. She assumes things about people based off outer appearances which was a little annoying but luckily there is a lot of character growth on her part in the book which made me like her more and more the further along I read.

Miranda was heartbroken and she was written very well, the things she did and the way she acted was very big sister like but there were parts where I just hated her, I didn't like how she always brought down Claire and didn't even realize she was doing it.

I loved all the useless trivia that was thrown around and the challenges that the contestants had to go through were all pretty funny and it kept things moving at a fast pace.

Overall I enjoyed For Real, I don't watch a lot of reality t.v. and still found it entertaining. It's a light fun read and definitely more of a summer read.

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