The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Pub Date: December 22, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://www.emmaandnicola.com/
Synopsis: When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All seh has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera."... At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.
Lets face it, we all have dreams of becoming famous. I mean everyone makes it seem so glamorous. But is it? The Real Real opens up the world of being a celebrity to the average person, and we learn that being a celebrity isnt all its cracked up to be. We all value our privacy, but it seems people will give that up at a chance to see their name and picture plastered on a magazine cover. We already hate rumors that go through high school about us. Imagine it even worse, instead of being passed through the mouths of a few hundred kids its passed through the mouths of a few hundred million people. You are constantly judged. You cant even make your own life decisions any more. The Real Real shows all of this to us. It really opens our eyes and make us think to ourselves, "Do I really want fame?"
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