Sep 27, 2013
Title: Reality Ends Here
Author: Alison Gaylin
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: June 2013
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
Reality Ends Here was a decent read. I liked Estella well enough, I felt like she and her siblings were absolutely exploited by their parents.
I thought that Estella was a very well rounded person considering up bringing. It must’ve been very difficult especially because in many ways I felt like she was abandoned her mother. I especially hated how no one believed her about the package, they all thought she would do that. It really bothered me, because I felt like they wanted her to have issues so it could be used to her advantage.
I loved that Estella took care of her younger siblings, by doing things like teaching them sign language and comforting them. I think that her mother and step-father forget that they are just kids. It must be terrible for them, and they each get their own little role on what their personalities are supposed to be. There were numerous instances in which they signed to Estella that they were sorry but someone put them up to asking questions or instigating drama.
I really liked that there was the mystery aspect to this novel, but it just seemed like something that was thrown in. It didn’t even end up being all that much of a mystery, it was just wishful thinking. So it seemed like I spent a lot of time hoping with Estella only for nothing to change. It just felt like there were other things that could’ve been focused on.
I did really enjoy Jack and how he and Estella became best friends. It was definitely adorable to see them meet each other, and realize how much they had in common. Then to grow into more by the end of Reality Ends Here, it was really nice to see how sweet he was with her.
Overall it was a good read, and I would recommend it. However, it did feel really short, and I felt like the mystery was blown up too much for what ended up happening. I would give it 3 out 5 stars, because I would’ve liked to see more of her family.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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