Can you imagine a world where there were cameras watching your every move? No matter how hard you tried, there was always someone watching you? No, I’m not describing 1984. I’m describing Bonnie Baker’s life in Something Real. When she was younger, her family was featured on reality tv, leaving her with cameras and paparazzi watching her every move. But one day, she couldn’t take it anymore and- well, you’ll find that out for yourself. After that happened, the reality show was quickly cancelled. Fast forward to when Bonnie turned 17, and changed her name to Chloe. After four years without being on reality tv, she was finally starting to relax, rather than be paranoid whenever a camera was pointed towards her. But then came the day that changed everything. The day that the cameras returned.
Something Real gave me a very unique perspective on the life of celebrities, and what fame can really do to a person. Fame does NOT always equal happiness, and Bonnie was the perfect example of that. This book showed Bonnie as she struggled between doing what was best for her family and what was best for herself. In real life, this can be a very touchy subject, and Heather did a great job of expressing it perfectly. After all, family bonds are some of the strongest bonds that a person can ever have. Throughout her journey, she had moments of despair, but also moments of happiness. By the time that it was over, I felt like I had just ridden on a roller coaster, and my thoughts and emotions were all over the place.
It took me a couple of days to stew over my thoughts and really be able to express who Bonnie represented. She was very complicated- just like a normal teen nowadays. She was anything but one-dimensional. Yes, she made mistakes, but mistakes aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it is important to make mistakes, just so you can learn from them and do better in the future.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I give it 4.5/5stars.