Over the next few weeks, we will be revealing the remaining titles that will become the summer reading options for the summer of 2015. Students will select one title from a list of around five novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.).
Reality Boy by A. S. King
“I demand a do-over.”
Gerald Faust grapples with a childhood that haunts him in his teenage years. Branded “The Crapper” after his brief stint on the reality TV show Network Nanny, he remains filled with rage. An angry child and an even angrier teen, he finds himself drowning under the abuse of his sister, the apathy of his parents, and the labels placed upon him at school. Fearing his future holds nothing but a direct path to jail, Gerald holds people at a distance, desperately seeks to maintain control, and appears ready to explode at any moment.
In addition to providing a powerful portrayal of life after reality TV, the tale explores not only the failures of a dysfunctional family, but also hope of an individual who strives to breathe under the weight of such dysfunction.