February 1, 2015

Book Review: For Real by Alison Cherry

Summary (GoodReads)
No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?

My Thoughts:
Gosh, I was so excited about this book. I really, really was. My favorite reality show - bar none - is The Amazing Race (or as my sister and I call it "The Best Show in F*****g Television!") and is one of the very few things my sister and I watch together.

So, For Real seemed to be like the perfect book for me... and it had so much potential!!!!! But then we got hit with the twists... and I think those twists were in detriment to the story, because what I thought would be a book about two sisters traveling around the world, turned out to be about a dating show.

Claire and Miranda spend very little time together and Miranda wasn't very likable for the little time she was with Claire - and she treated Claire like she was a helpless two year old in the most annoying and patronizing way - and Claire was so hung up on a guy that she never really even enjoyed the experience.

All in all, this book could have been so much better, as it is, it was nice but forgettable.


  1. Wow the summary makes it seem like...MORE. Bummer 😞

  2. Ooh you haven't had much luck in books lately have you? I do hope your next book is a lot better. I saw on GR you are reading Quinn's latest release, hope you are enjoying it.

  3. I hate when you look forward to a book, and then it's a dud. At least the cover is nice.

  4. I like The Amazing Race, too! I can't believe this book turns it into a dating show.

    1. The worst part is that I think they are going to do something similar for the actual amazing race. Stablished couples vs couples they put together or something. :(


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