Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For Real by Alison Cherry


Release Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher and ARC/eARC: Random House Children's
ISBN: 9780385742955
Hardcover: $13.22 (Amazon, B&N)
Ages: 12-17



About the Author:
Alison grew up in Evanston, IL. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Now she lives in Brooklyn and writes young adult novels full time. She is represented by the lovely and amazing Holly Root of Waxman Leavell. Visit her website here
Review:
For those readers with an older sister, this book will definitely hit home. Eighteen year old Claire looks up to her big sister Miranda as much as any little sister would. And such a devoted sister would also go to great lengths to protect her sister, especially in the case of heartbreak.
When Miranda catches her boyfriend, Samir, cheating, Claire steps in and vows revenge, or at least embarrassment. With today's generation, the best way to embarrass a guy is through social media, and Claire chooses the next best thing: reality TV. Claire and Miranda enter a contest in which Samir has previously entered. 
Along the way, both realize how close their relationship has become. For Claire, the contest becomes less about beating Samir and more about connecting with her new partner Will. 

Claire's humor propels the plot forward as Cherry's comedic narrative engrosses and entertains. Claire and Miranda's relationship is realistic amidst the requirements of the TV show.

Cherry takes breakups and sisterly love to a whole new level in For Real, embracing teen culture and societal fascination with television.