Stand Alone or Series:Stand Alone
How did I get this book:I received this book from my local public library
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that. In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.
The reasons why a lot people were disappointed with Reality Boy:
1) Romance, not very likable.
2)Antagonists are totally antagonists. Like antagonists with little to no redeeming personalities.
3) Sometimes, Gerald’s anger is directed to some innocent people.
4) Gerald seems to be exaggerating his problems.
And here are my thoughts about each one of those:
1) This probably came up because there are lots of silly lover’s quarrel. Gerald is always angry, and Hannah is always saying insensitive things. Then they will apologize with each other afterwards.They are not even sure themselves if they are right for each other. And personally, I really liked their relationship. It’s not smooth, because both of them are really,really messed up to say the least. In fact I would have hated it if the pairing was this happy all the time couple. This couple actually reminded me of Eleanor and Park from Rainbow Rowell’s YA novel ‘Eleanor and Park’.
2) It was not told at the beginning that Tasha is actually a psychopath. In fact, it’s not really stated that Tasha is a psychopath. Let me explain. At the start, I thought that maybe Tasha is just a super (Add any word you feel like here) spoiled sister. With this idea, I thought that maybe A.S. King failed on giving layers to the personality to her characters. It’s because all throughout the book, all Tasha does is be a homicidal spoiled (Once again add any word you feel like here). But halfway through, it is brought up that Tasha is most probably a clinical psychopath What I mean is,medically psychologically psychopath. It is not claimed to be true though throughout the book. It just comes up when Lisi and Gerald are talking about it.Tasha is a psychopath and Mom is a loose-screw who spoils a psychopath daughter. This way we won’t/shouldn’t expect any consequences for their horrible actions.
3) Like what Roger, Gerald’s anger management coach, said to him, Gerald subconsciously sees himself as the center of everything and anything. He’s selfish, but not on purpose. This is probably the reason why he snaps at almost everyone all the time. And as the story goes on the readers see how Gerald eventually tries to place himself in other people’s positions.
4) From anyone’s point of view of course he’s exaggerating. But in his point of view, no. I got him. I got his anger and his trust issues.All in all I got what the book is trying to say. The sadness and devastation is all throughout the story. I felt Gerald, especially when he’s trying to escape to his Gersday. He’s so screwed up, the only thing I wanted when reading his life was for him to get better and of course to be happy.
Page Count:353 Pages
Starred Rating:4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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