Reality Boy

King, A. S.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Reality Boy
"An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0316222704
Branch Call Number: y KING 2013
Characteristics: 353 pages ;,22 cm


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Gerald Faust is famous for being an epically rotten 5-year-old on "Network Nanny," a not-fictional-enough reality TV show. He is remembered particularly for taking a poo in the middle of his dining room table--on camera. His anger issues have not been helped by 12 years of continuing ... Read More »

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Jan 23, 2015
  • litriocht rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coming back to add some comments about this book, years after having read it. Am currently reading King's latest title, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, and am struck by how brave both books are in their explorations of family dynamics. While Glory O'Brien's History of the Future delves into the lingering grief experienced after a family member commits suicide, Reality Boy deals with a family member who is manipulative and psychotic. When you are a child in a family with this kind of "problem child," what can you do? What power do you have when the parents refuse to acknowledge there is a problem?

Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fans of A.S. King get exactly what they want, well rounded characters, a unique story and magical realism. It is a hard sell to readers, but worth every minute spent inside the pages.

Apr 18, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you ever wondered what happened to those kids you see on those Nanny 911 type shows, this shows you what could be.

Gerald was on a show called "Network Nanny" when he was five. He became infamous for a particularly gross thing he would do in an effort to get someone to pay attention the fact that he wasn't the problem in the family. We go back to see the show being filmed and see how much is staged and how much is edited out to make it look like that Gerald is the problem when he probably causes the least.

Now seventeen, Gerald suffers from anger problems, still lives in a horribly toxic environment, takes special ed classes, and the real problem in his family has everyone in their grasp.

It's unforgiving, depressing, traumatizing, but still hopeful as the girl from register #7 at his job gets a name that he enjoys using. You're left with an open ending but enough that you can see that there's a chance for Gerald despite his reality tv show past.

Dec 23, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book cements A.S. King as one of my all-time favorite authors. What a fantastic writing style, sense of character, and plotting. Nothing is predictable in King's books, and she doesn't let her characters or plot revel in angst.

Oct 12, 2013
  • JCLDennisR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What happens when the reality show doesn't need your family any more?

Aug 26, 2013
  • Undercover_reader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great concept. What happens to the kids whose parents make them be the subject of a reality TV show? Gerald was 5 years old when his family starred in a Super Nanny type of show; now he's 17 and all anyone knows about him is what they saw onscreen 12 years ago when he was known as "the Crapper."


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Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Imagine having your worst moments caught on film, and your best moments edited out. When he was five years old Gerald Faust’s mother auditioned the family for Network Nanny, a reality tv show. In one-hour on network TV, Gerald became a national phenomenon for taking a dump on the family’s kitchen table. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by the actions of his five-year-old-self. Ostracized at school, bullied by his older sister and left alone by his parents, Gerald attempts to control his anger through boxing workouts and trips to Gersday (an imaginary land where everything is made of ice cream and all things go his way). Gerald meets Hannah, a troubled writer who he knows is trouble, but Gerald cannot resist the possibility of making a connection with someone. Gerald and Hannah share their lives, through flashbacks to Gerald’s days on Network Nanny, and the two decide to run away and join the circus, a goal they realize is childish and most likely pointless, but they mean to make a point. They won’t take this crap anymore.


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