This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Laura Heffernan. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan
Series: Reality Star #1
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Source: Author, Laura Heffernan
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SEEKING THE SMART ONE
Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.
Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .
I wanted to read America’s Next Reality Star because I was curious to see how convincing the storyline would be. Would it be believable? Would it compare to what I think the process would be like? I can say that I have only ever watched reality shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Face Off. I am not really a connoisseur of reality television but this story was very convincing. I really felt like the Author knew her stuff. I found this to be an enjoyable story that was full of everything I would come to expect from a bunch of people who are willing to put themselves out there.
Jen Reid has had things a bit rough since she was badly hurt while being un-insured. With mounting debt and a job that paid nowhere near enough she became desperate. Desperate enough to consider trying out for a new reality show where the winner takes home $250,000! Yep that is quite the motivator I would say. Jen was not quite sure if she had what it took to be considered for the gameshow, The Fishbowl, but she knew that she really didn’t have very many options. She needed that prize. She spent weeks watching every reality show she could and studied their strategies. She came up with a game plan and she knew that she was in it to win it. All she had to do was make it to the very end!
I liked Jen’s character a lot. In the beginning, there was a life-altering situation that took place and I appreciated how she handled it. I also knew that it was going to come back to haunt her because, come on, she was going on a reality show. They are going to dig up all the dirt they can, lol. I found the idea of the show fascinating and I like the set development that went into creating The Fishbowl. I could clearly imagine the house as well as the grounds. I liked all the challenges etc that the contestants had to go through. It was a very entertaining read.
Where things went wrong for me was at the “romance” between Justin and Jen. She wasn’t desperate but I think that she certainly let her crushing on Justin interfere with her goals. I mean in the beginning she made an uber stand and that could only be done by a girl who valued herself and knew right from wrong. To see her so caught up with Justin when he was not so reciprocal was just not for me. Then there was the dreaded love triangle between Justin, Ariana, and Jen. I am not a fan of love triangles at all but this wasn’t even a love triangle. The only one invested in the “love” portion was Jenn. Which in reality is actually quite appropriate for someone on a reality television show. 😂
I do have to admit that Justin redeemed himself in the end, and I mean literally the end, but it was a real romantic moment. So, the ending is quite a sweet happily ever after but you need to get through a lot of drama, backstabbing, and eye-rolling before you get there. Of course, If you enjoy watching reality television then this book is absolutely for you. It is exactly like what I would think a reality show would be like. From the interview process to the oh momma drama. Loved the articles after the epilogue, loved them, just hilarious!
*Thank you to Laura Heffernan for this complimentary copy of America’s Next Reality Star*