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Blade Runner was not a hit when it opened in , but its audience has increased massively since then, drawn by the allure of a timeless question what makes us human? The handsome but superfluous sequel has taken three decades to materialise and seems to last almost that long in the telling. It follows K Ryan Gosling , whose job is to hunt down errant replicants. In the course of his investigations, he comes into contact with the hero of the first film, Rick Deckard Harrison Ford. A replicant baby would be a first, and the advantages are clear, not least because it would need its batteries changed instead of its nappies.

Gosling plays K in his usual gently baffled manner, like a man trying mentally to divide a Williamsburg brunch bill seven ways. Whenever inspiration wanes, the screenwriters Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original, and Michael Green pile on the incidents instead. K meets a tribe of child slaves, who paw him like the lost children from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome , and an underground replicant group that appears just long enough to recall similar rebels in I, Robot and the Channel 4 series Humans. We know from the first scene of Blade Runner that K is a replicant; his goal is to discover if his memories are real or implanted and what bearing that has on his soul, if he has one.

There have been so many iterations of Blade Runner , each adjusting the emphasis subtly in one direction or the other, that the matter of whether Deckard was a replicant was never conclusively settled. One person had an inkling, though he was dead just days before the film was completed. Have no fear, Kate, I will. I like my reality shows to feature illiterate trashy bitches who call each other "prostitution whores" and do things like this. And call me a purist, but titling all of the chapters "The One With.

I'm giving this one 2. The good thing is, I loved I'll Meet You There by the same author, so I'm more willing to accept the fact that this is a case of "it's not you, it's me. View all 3 comments. Mar 21, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , contemporary , omg-the-cover-people , not-bad-at-all , romance , books-i-own.

This book has pretty much everything from family, friend and romantic relationships as well as diversity, a little humour but a lot of depth as well. Chloe and her family are the stars of the reality TV show, Baker's Dozen. I absolutely loved the idea of this reality TV show and it was one of the main driving points that made me want to read this.

I definitely wasn't disappointed. Her mum doesn't even listen to what Chloe had to say, she pretended to be the Perfect Mother on television, but off air, she was barely motherly. This is a very character driven book. Each and every character--even the minor roles were fleshed out with so much detail, it was glorious.

The sibling relationships had to be my favourite. I adored Benny and Chloe, they're the same age and were always looking out for one and another. They did everything together and had each other's backs the entire time.

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It was so nice to see how tight they were. I loved the Lex and Chloe dynamic too. They aren't all that close and are pretty cold towards each other, but throughout the story their sisterly bond changes a lot. The familial aspect of Something Real was well rounded, and had a lot of depth.

The thing I had quibbles with was the romance.

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Patrick felt too perfect for me, and I really expected him to have more depth like all the other characters. The romance Chloe and Patrick had also felt unrealistic at times. That being said, I felt that Chloe deserved a relationship where things weren't too difficult and crazy, because the poor girl had enough of that with her home life. We get the whole thing. I also loved how the media was also included into this. Demetrios doesn't skimp over details. In all, Something Real is a novel I definitely will be recommending to people who want to be introduced to the contemporary genre.

I will also be buying myself a hardcopy, because I can definitely see myself rereading this in the future. View 1 comment. Turns out they were right. It had some great points, but I really hated some other aspects of it which I won't spoil you about, and also couldn't connect to the characters much. In this case, Something Real wasn't a perfect book either, especially since it's the author's first work I think, but I just absolutely connected with this book. Which was ironically the lowest point for me in I'll Meet You There , while here, it was one of the strongest points.

And how that kind of lifestyle can warp you and change your personality until you don't recognize where the reality 'star' begins and you end. I seriously despised Bonnie's.. One of the best family relationships, on the other hand, was the one between Bonnie and her older brother, Benny! They had such a supportive and loving dynamics. I also loved the relationship betweeen Benny and his boyfriend Mike! Thetre's also some friendship thrown in the mix, which we don't get to see enough, because this book mostly centeres on family and romance - which was fan-freaking-tastic!

Patrick has his honored place among my book boyfriends now! I loved how passionate, caring and supportive relationship he and Bonnie had. Patrick and Benny were the biggest support system for Bonnie through her hard times, since her mother pretty much cared only for the image of her as the best TV mom, being a role model for other mothers in the country, which was pretty ironic thing considering how she was only caring mother for the cameras. Her stepfather wanted the fame, and her father was just a selfish human being. I'm the essence of her, the nontrademarked person the camera can never capture and my parents have no right to sign over.

They do ultimately love each other in some small ways, but it's always such an unhealthy, flawed and painful way to live and treat your children. Also both the mother in I'll Meet You There and in Something Real are one of the most selfish human beings in the stories. It's warm and fills you up until every part of you is tingling to release it. Great heroine I could easily connect to, even though I can't really imagine such a way of life and I don't watch reality TV. Some great side characters - espeiclly Benny. Loved loved loved the romance here!

And boy, am I very picky in this! Highly recommended contemporary read. Mar 08, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: swoooon , kick-ass-heroines. I may be young, but I really do live under a bookshelf. Needless to say, Something Real flew over my head, though not under my radar, until I read and loved Demetrios's sophomore novel, Exquisite Captive. I'll admit it--the hype is right. For once. Something Real is a surprisingly poignant, emotional, and realistic debut.

From the beginning itself, it's impossible to feel distant from the story at hand as Chloe's life is a tragic joke. Beth and Andrew Baker, once poor high school sweethearts with a dream of parenting a Baker's Dozen--or thirteen children--had their lives changed when MetaReel, a reality TV channel, decided to make their hopes a reality. For the first thirteen years of her childhood, Chloe's life has been documented on television--from her birth to her first steps to her medical overdose which put the show on hiatus for four years.

Now seventeen, Chloe is finally living a normal life--friends, a potential boyfriend, and actual high school. But when she realizes her mother has signed up the family for another season of "Baker's Dozen", forcing Chloe back to her television persona of Bonnie and a life on camera, Chloe simply cannot deal. What I find shockingly depressing about "Baker's Dozen" is the viewer reaction to the show. Beth Baker is a role model of The Perfect Mother.

Not only does she seamlessly run a household with thirteen children, but she has survived the infidelity of her husband and lived to find love again, marrying Kirk. Although Beth knows Chloe and her older brother, Benny, aren't eager to be back on "Baker's Dozen," she is forced to seek employment with MetaReel due to financial reasons. Chloe's reaction to "Baker's Dozen" immediately forces her into our hearts and her volatile relationship with the camera, her mother, and even her older sister Lex who loves being on television, are all so beautifully written.

Demtrios creates nuanced familial relationships with so much depth, whether it be Chloe and Benny's easy sibling friendship or even Chloe and Lex's difficult sibling rivalry, both these sibling relationships of different natures are impossible to label or explain because they are multi-layered.

Admittedly, I did find it difficult to condone many of Beth's actions, particularly towards the end of the novel, but I suppose a mother with thirteen children truly may react in the manner she does--I'll never know. Something Real is all-the-more endearing not for its reality television plot, but rather for Chloe's struggles to lead a normal life despite it all.

Whether it be her tight friendship with her high school friends--who are seriously amazing friends--or her blooming romance with Patrick, the cute guy who sits behind her in government class, Chloe's internal battle to remain true to herself in the face of media dramatics is admirable. Chloe and Patrick's romance is a cornerstone of support throughout the difficult experiences Chloe undergoes.

Of course, I found it far too perfect, but in Demetrios's defense it certainly made sense to write an easy, uncomplicated romance when so many other plot threads were complex. Plus, if you want complicated romance from Demetrios just pick up Exquisite Captive --the gray matter is there in spades! One of my favorite aspects of the tale, though, were the snippets from magazines, newspapers, or simply scripts from older "Baker's Dozen" episodes that are littered at the close of every chapter in Something Real. Demetrios brings her story alive by giving it a wider audience--paparazzi, scientists who study the psychological ramifications of reality television, etc.

For me, it brought the effects of this story home in a truly impactful manner. Something Real isn't an altogether perfect debut novel, but then again, whose debut is perfect? Demetrios has written a thought-provoking piece, one ideal for the young adult genre as it forces readers to reflect on their exposure to media and the manner in which it shapes their lives. Moreover, this novel--lightly--touches upon difficult futuristic decisions, hinting at New Adult themes, which I further appreciated. I, for one, would love a New Adult follow-up novel, perhaps from the perspective of a different character.

We won't be getting one, I don't think, but a girl can certainly dream, yes? Bonnie Baker is a household name in America, thanks to a reality TV show that she, her parents, and her twelve siblings have been on called "Baker's Dozen. She and her family now live in a different town and she goes by the name Chloe. She's got great friends, a possible love interest, and a town full of people who know nothing about her.

But now MetaReel, the production company that made "Baker's Dozen," is back, and Ch Bonnie Baker is a household name in America, thanks to a reality TV show that she, her parents, and her twelve siblings have been on called "Baker's Dozen. But now MetaReel, the production company that made "Baker's Dozen," is back, and Chloe is going to have to be Bonnie again Review: I was really excited for the release of this book. I expected it to be warm-hearted and cute, something I could race through. Instead, I got one of the most emotional reads I've had all year.

First of all, let's talk about the MC, Chloe. She's sweet. She's smart. She's funny. And she has major anxiety and panic attacks at the thought of any camera.

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At the beginning of the book, Chloe is about to get her yearbook picture taken, and it's traumatizing. And as a reader, you realize immediately that this book is not fluff. Chloe is someone you really want to cheer on - you want her to take action, and you want her to get what she wants because frankly, her situation really, really sucks.

Benton, Chloe's brother, is her sounding board and keeps her from jumping off the ledge. I loved the relationship between the two of them and how much they stick together and take care of one another. Benton is also instrumental to Chloe getting together with Patrick Sheldon, a guy she's been crushing on for ages.

He loves Chloe for who she is. He pushes her to be the best she can be. And he sticks with her even when she tries to push him away. PLUS, he's quirky and smarty, and says and texts adorable and witty things and The romance between Chloe and Patrick is SO swoony and so romantic.

It's seriously Anna and the French Kiss levels of adorbs, guys. I want to fangirl over this book I kinda just did , but it deserves more than that. Something Real made me think about our society and about how, just by watching and observing, we might be hurting and exploiting people who don't have a choice in the matter. It sounds obvious that a book with a girl on a reality TV show would be dealing with themes and issues of privacy, celebrity, and the voyeuristic nature of the entertainment industry, but the way that Demetrios explored those issues was with compassion for her characters and a really balanced look at how hard it is to care about your family but want to be independent.

And it's an honest portrayal of how good people can really be changed by what society wants from them. Bonnie's mother Beth, and her stepfather Kirk don't really seem like terrible people - Beth's intentions with the 13 kids were always honourable, and in order to feed 13 kids, you do need money - but she's been so warped by the idea of fame and of keeping up appearances that by the end of the book, you're not sure what she wants out of this other than the money.

I read Something Real in fits and starts - totally not the right way to read a book - but it's the kind of book where you can't just read one sentence or a couple of pages. I would put it down for a day, and then find that I needed to wait for a point when I had a good chunk of time in order to read again because it pulls you in so completely that you really can't put it down.

Guys, this is already one of my favourite reads of this year, and I suspect it will be one of my favourite reads of It's that affecting. I beg of you, if you like romance or contemporaries of any kind, get thee to a bookstore and pick this one up. Read the rest of this review at Mostly YA Lit View all 5 comments. Feb 07, Elena rated it it was amazing.

Heather Demetrios is SO underrated! More people need to read her books.

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Just do it! Jul 11, Whitney rated it really liked it Shelves: , favorite-authors. Once again I just love Heather Demetrios's writing. If you've never read a book by her, seriously go pick one up. I'll admit here and now that I've always been a fan of reality TV especially the Real Housewives franchise. However, it wasn't until this summer that I really understood what went into making a reality tv show.

After I watched that I became really interested in the behind the scenes stuff. And then I realized I had added this book to my TBR many months before and it was exactly the kind of book I wanted to read. While I know this is a book of fiction, I can't help but think there is a bit of truth to it Bonnie Baker has been a reality tv star since the day she was born, literally. Her birth was recorded on live television.

Ever since then her life and the lives of her 12 other siblings have been at the center of the public eye. However, it's not until Bonnie is years-old that the show Baker's Dozen is cancelled. The cameras go away for 4 years and during these years Bonnie is figuring out who she is, not what the cameras made her be.

But after these 4 years of almost solitude the cameras have returned to the Baker household and they leave Bonnie feeling anxious and also just really angry. While the cameras take over Bonnie's house and her life she really tries to not let the show consume her. She doesn't want to be the old Bonnie again. She wants to herself, she wants to be Chloe. It'd be that easy. But I don't want to play by Chuck's rules. In his world, you have to sell your soul to gain your dignity.

I don't think that's a fair trade. Especially Bonnie and Benton. Benton was just hilarious and wonderful and he really provided the much needed comic relief. And I really liked Bonnie too because in a way I could really relate to her and I'm sure many other people could too. I know the vast majority of us haven't been a reality tv show but I think a lot of us have had the feeling of playing a role. Everything has to seem ok so no one suspects anything is wrong and in turn you become a person that doesn't really exist.

I think this is what happened to Bonnie after all those years of being on reality television. She lost her self and wasn't able to find it again until the cameras were gone. This book really makes you realize how messed up the world is. I would never be able to deal with being a tv. It's so fake and bleh. It brings the worst out of people but yet we all seem to love watching it. It's kind of messed up. I mean in the book you can see how horrible Bonnie's parents had become, especially her mother.

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Her mother started the show because all she wanted was a child and was told it would never happen. However, once a tv company stepped in and offered her this show and the chance of having children, her wish came true. But by the time Bonnie is 17 years-old, her mother has become a reality tv monster that really isn't a mother anymore. She's an actress. Sick with the idea that it's good to be known and seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public at large. It left off on a cliffhanger for me and now I just want to know more.

But maybe that's the point? With reality TV you want to more and more and you're never really satisfied. I feel like the author did the same thing with the ending to show that we really are just nosy people that get off know about other people's lives. I also wasn't a big fan of Patrick and Lexie. The romance between Bonnie and Patrick happened a little to fast for me and it just seemed a little too perfect. And then Lexie was just bleh. I feel like if I read the other book that has to do with her and her story, I'll like her better. We'll see! Overall, I really loved this book.

It really got me thinking about some stuff. Will I still watch reality TV? But do I have a different outlook on these people's lives? Yes, definitely. So go read this book! Jan 14, Blythe rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads , hand-me-some-tissues , i-e-i-will-always-love-you , loved-it , this-book-and-i-are-eloping , favorites , favorites , deserves-the-hype , exceeded-my-expectations , i-ship-it. No flaws, whatsoever. And like, a paragraph-long fight that's resolved the next page with kissing. Also, he hand fed her on more than one occasion.

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I love you, Patrick, but please don't do that. But still, I love this one so, so much. Review to come. View 2 comments. Mar 27, Maida added it Shelves: abuse , dysfunctional-individuals-families , disturbing , romance , societal-commentary-criticism , coming-of-age , dramedy , trauma , socio-psychology , socio-economic. This author has such versatility.

Proper Review to Come Apr 18, Danielle Love at First Page rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , crush-worthy-boys , own-kindle-book , those-are-not-tears , extra-swoony , best-of-the-best-boys , favorites-young-adult , amazing-writing , so-otp-it-hurts , contemporary. Something Real is one of those books that's impossible for me to review with any sort of grace. I want to fangirl the heck out of it. I wish I could just tell everyone to read to it because it's amazing and they'd listen to me. I know it doesn't work that way, though, so let me try to explain with at least some coherency why you need to drop everything and read this book.

Something Real will make you laugh, cry, swoon, curse, and swoon some more. Everything about Chloe's situation really sucks.

H Something Real is one of those books that's impossible for me to review with any sort of grace. Her mom and step dad are horrible; her real father is absent and just as horrible. Although she loves her brothers and sisters, her home life is chaotic, especially after her mother announces that they will once again be filming their reality show. For four years Chloe has dreaded this very possibility - the intrusiveness of the cameras, her new friends finding out the truth about her past, and her identity once again being shattered. I could go into great detail about how relevant Something Real is to today's world, but let me be honest: I love this book for its characters and their relationships, and, despite the rottenness of Chloe's situation, most of them will make you feel so damn happy.

Chloe is an amazing protagonist. She's now a senior in high school, and it's been four years since the cancellation of "Baker's Dozen". Her family moved to a new state, giving her a fresh start, no longer having to be "Bonnie" any more. Instead, she's chosen a new name for herself. Although Chloe feels like she's constantly floundering, I only have admiration for her desire to be the girl she wants to be, even if she's not quite sure who that girl is or where that girl is going. Plus, she's cool and funny. She had me laughing out loud constantly.

She's loyal to the people she loves. Chloe tries to run away from her problems or sweep them under the rug, which I totally understand because that's usually my initial reaction to controversy. But her growth is beautiful, and I loved seeing her learn to fight fiercely for what she wants. Then there's Benny, her older brother. He's incredible! Benny is always there for Chloe, supporting her, giving her advice, or just being a shoulder for her to lean on.

There is constant affection between them, and they talk about everything. Benny has a boyfriend, Matt, and their relationship is so preciously handled. One word: cantaloupe. Now you have to read it so you know what I'm talking about. Although they've never felt pressured to come out, and they are secure in their feelings for one another, I still hoped that they could show the world how powerfully they love one another. There's this scene towards the end that had me in happy tears, and I dare you not to cry. Now for my favorite part. But then there's that whole coherency problem.

When we say "book boyfriends" we generally mean they're our favorite boys. When I proclaim Patrick Sheldon as one of the best book boyfriends ever, I mean that literally, within the story, he is one of the best book boyfriends ever. Every time he appeared on the page, it was impossible for me not to highlight something.

It's cute because he and Chloe have both liked each other for a year but neither one was sure of the other.

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So when they finally get together, they're feelings already come across as so genuine and strong. Bonus points: he asks her to be his girlfriend. How often do we actually get that in YA books? During the crazy storm Chloe is going through with her family, he is supportive and thoughtful, always trying to make her feel loved. It's the little things, too, that make up the complete swoon package that is Patrick.

They have mandatory make-out sessions in the janitor's closet. He's got this too-cool-for-school vibe, but he's kinda nerdy too. Like, he's always asking Chloe multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. He's not afraid to say embarrassingly boyfriend things. I don't want to reveal too much more because then I'll spoil all the wonderful things about their relationship.

Basically, if Patrick Sheldon does not make you swoon, you are made of stone and I feel sorry for you. He says these three words like it's the most natural thing in the world. And I get a little weepy, which makes him smile, and I tell him that I love him, God, do I love him , and his lips smear the tears on my cheeks. Heather Demetrios' writing, too, is wonderful. It's witty, modern, and hip, but not in a trying-too-hard way. I'm basically obsessed with the ending, because it's the kind I adore and salivate over. Something Real is a book I won't soon be forgetting, and you can bet it will be on all my end-of-the-year lists.

Hoepfully it will be on everyone's hint hint. This review can also be found at Love at First Page. View all 7 comments. I am what you could say a reality TV addict, I could sit there for all the whole day just watching back to back episodes of a TV programme and the same can be said for books which have reality stars as their subject.

I love getting to know these characters and how things have worked out for them with the TV show. Chloe Baker has finally got a life of her own, she had been a reality TV star with her 12 siblings and family for as long as she can remember. And not listening to a thing Chloe wanted? Patrick Sheldon definitely ended up as one of my favourite fictional crushes, he was everything that I would love in a guy in real life.

He was the sweetest guy ever, always looking out for Chloe, he knew the stress she had to deal with, but was still willing to make a go of their relationship, despite knowing their faces would be plastered all over the press and their every step would be heavily scrutinised. Which guy would want to be under this constant pressure? Some of his lines just made me swoon and his sweet gestures easily left a big smile on my face.

All I know is that this book has so made me want my own Patrick Sheldon! I also loved how Benton just could brighten up an entire scene with his charm and goofy ways. I also appreciated that Chloe was able to forge some stronger relationships with some of her other siblings too. As Chloe, really did need all the support from her friends and family that were willing to listen.

Demetrios has certainly made me want to read the rest of her books right away. This review can be found on: The Readers Den An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. Initial thoughts: I adored this book.

That family was pure chaos! And Patrick I loved this book, and I'm kinda surprised it didn't get more hype before it's release because it's full of win. I don't even like reality TV all tha An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I don't even like reality TV all that much, but it's probably my dislike for it that made this book even better because I have a feeling it's pretty close to how all the behind-the-scenes stuff goes down. Also, I've often thought that putting kids on camera for entertainment without their consent could be likened to child abuse, and I was glad to see that aspect wasn't taken lightly here.

Full review: What has happened to me that all -- well, most of -- the books that I adore lately have been contemporaries?!? I used to despise this genre, but now I can't even remember why.

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Because now, these are my go-to books. When I'm in a funk or a reading slump or whatever, I pick up a contemp and I'm happily entertained for hours. With Something Real , I think I'll be entertained for eons. This is the kind of book I can read over and over again. And so rather than splitting up my review based on characters and plotting, etc. I'm going to separate my feelings and what triggered them. Times are going to be tough as it is, but how does any self-respecting mother do this to her children?

Especially considering what one of the eldest has already suffered because of being on a show that is broadcast nationally. There was not a single redeemable quality in this woman, and what she did or didn't do at the end of this novel made me question whether she even deserved to have the other children in her care. Also, I have mad hate for the show's producer Chuck, who is the slimiest of all in this story.

He manipulates, cajoles, coerces, and threatens, and he is beneath scum. I imagine a lot of reality TV show producers to be of his ilk, and for the sake of everyone who has to deal with swine like this, I am sorry. I'm not a big fan of reality shows, but I imagine it's not as fun to be the subject of them as it might appear or as others make it out to be. I'm rather intrigued by the leaps and bounds this book took to show the behind-the-scenes stuff.

On one hand, I hope this is all entirely fictional, but on the other, I'm pretty sure it's not, and I feel awful for ever having watched a single minute of this kind of drivel, entertaining as it might be at times. But she's relatively happy with her normal girl status now that she's starting her second year of public school as a high school senior. Lex sparks up a relationship with film student Liam, but it just leads to a deep questioning: Is this really what she wants for her life?

I talked with Demetrios about what she calls her "very Marxist, take control of the means of production" approach to releasing The Lexie Project:. Demetrios adds that this muti-platform vessel is how readers are telling their own life stories, through pictures and videos, social media posts and blogs. It fits for Lex to be doing it the same way. We also talked about Demetrios' decision to write Lex's story as a Something Real sequel in the first place, and it's been clear that it's something that's been building up inside her for a long time, since she wrote the first draft for her debut novel.