By: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Length: 7 hrs., 37 mins.
This book was really different to what I expected. I had purchased a copy for my school’s library, and there’s a small part of me that cringes now because of how often the F-Bomb is dropped, but at the same time, it’s really the most explicit stuff throughout (this is my way of convincing myself that the kids are either saying much worst or are hearing it). In regards to the story line, I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was good.
Gerald Faust is Reality Boy. As a little kid he was subjected to being a puppet on a reality TV show, and it wound up focusing on his bad habit of taking his anger out by pooping in or on the most strangest places; kitchen table, the foot of his big sister’s bed (and then smearing it), or even in his mom’s shoes! At the age of five, it was more stressful because his mother just claimed he was mentally handicapped rather than take responsibility for the fact that there really was something wrong in her family. As a 16.75 year-old, Gerald is now subjected to the constant reminder of “what was”.
Until he met Hannah.
This book is sad in so many ways. Granted, Gerald’s early-life experiences are tragic – and possibly exaggerated on purpose – (think 19 Kids and Counting), but it definitely puts a perspective on how media and reality shows can alter the viewers opinions and perspectives because the whole story is never truly as it seems behind the scenes. Gerald was being physically abused by his older sister Tasha, and his mother was enabling her. His father was just stuck and didn’t know which direction he needed to go, but stuck around for the sake of his family.
But the book also focuses on the positive. For instance, to always try and find the positive in all the negative. Or, that you shouldn’t lose complete faith in humanity – there’s usually one or two people who will help you realize that all is not lost. Or something for kids: If you’re in a difficult situation at home and all hope seems lost, just remember that you aren’t chained to where you are, you’ll be able to get out eventually.