Monday, 6 March 2017

Review: America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan


Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer

Expected publication: March 7th 2017

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is March 7th, 2017.

I must admit that I have one guilty pleasure.  I am not proud of it, I tend to keep it under wraps, and I don't plan on quitting anytime soon.  I am a reality television addict.  Now I am mostly recovering as I have reduced the number of shows I indulge in but there are still one or two that I faithfully tune in to.  With that in mind, I figured this story was a great way to get my fix in!

I got exactly what I expected from this story.  Just like a reality show, this story delivers enough entertainment to keep you engaged without committing to a serious plot or time commitment.  You get the usual cast of characters, the jerks, the athletes, the braincase, the outgoing ones, and the fly so low under the radar that you keep forgetting they are there ones.  The formula for this story stays true to the formula of an actual series.  Add to that the romance aspect to the story and you have a pretty entertaining read

I think this story will appeal to the YA genre or perhaps those that have grown up with the Kardashians (not one of my guilty pleasures) and the reality television culture.  Much like TV, if you do not take the story too seriously, get past the terrible cover and just come along for the ride, it will entertain. 

About the Author

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

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