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With a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and stepdad who are too strict, Estella Blanchard is a typical teenage girl-except that her daily struggles are plotlines on the reality show
Seven Is Heaven, which relentlessly documents her life as the older half-sister of sextuplets. Estella’s an Oscar-worthy actress at hiding her true feelings from the camera.
However, she can’t outrun the spotlight when she receives a Christmas present from her biological father…who died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances. Blamed for this “sick prank,” Estella is placed in an unorthodox support group for troubled child stars-including a twenty-three-year-old has-been, a backstabbing drama queen, and a super-cute (but very off-limits) boy bander. And, as weird as the group is, when a creepy paparazzo starts stalking her, claiming that her dad is actually alive, Estella’s going to need their help to uncover the truth and stay alive.
I heard about Reality Ends Here from another book blogger. I’m quite partial to the odd bit of reality TV so I picked it up. I finally got around to reading it recently. I thought it was an enjoyable, quick read with a nice element of mystery within the story.
Reality Ends Here centres around Estella and her family. Estella has always been a star (Just realised that the name Estella means star… I’m quick aren’t I?! 😉 ) Her claim to fame is that she’s the sister of reality TV’s sextuplets who star in a reality show called Seven Is Heaven alongside Estella’s mother and stepfather. Estella has found it hard to grow up in the public eye. Estella lost her father at an early age. He died on his way back from getting Estella’s Christmas gift- a Polly Pocket doll that she had wanted for a long time! Estella gets a shock when she receives a present from her father on Christmas Day. Is he still alive or is it some creepy stalker?
I thought Reality Ends Here was an exciting look at how one person could search so hard to know themselves despite their lives being so documented on television. It was interesting to see how different the ‘real’ person was from the ‘reality’ person.
I didn’t expect this book to have such an element of mystery, but I really did enjoy that. It definitely kept me turning the pages. The reason why I didn’t give this book four stars was because I didn’t really like the ending very much. I think if it was slightly longer it wouldn’t have felt so rushed towards the end. I also expected it to be a bit more exciting and a shocking end or a massive twist. I was quite underwhelmed by the ending. The story really did have much potential. However, I think it’s a good, quick read which is worth taking a look at.
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