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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus Narrator: Mandy Siegfried Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O'Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Really funny, really smart, and really entertaining. I really LOVED this book!”

    Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks

  • “A fast-paced, fun read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book is far more entertaining than most of the so-called reality programs on television. The authors have a natural ability for digging up the dirt and bringing it to the surface.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This book has it all, and the characters are awesome!”


  • “Fun reading.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kaitlyn Bermudez | 1/30/2014

    " I really liked this one. Totally entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dana | 1/29/2014

    " I had a tough time getting into this book, but once I did it was a quick read. The problem for me was how it was written. I am about 15 years older than the intended audience and so assume that teens would like the writing style...I just found it annoying. The story itself was fine and creative and a kind of expose on "reality" TV or at least from the Author's point of view. I was not really all that impressed, but have to say that 2 days later the characters and scenes from the book keep popping into my head...so maybe I will read the sequel (I am pretty sure there will be a sequel!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lakin | 1/25/2014

    " A good idea for a book, but poorly executed, it was choppy, and none of the characters were likeable at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerri | 1/10/2014

    " I'm not sure why I was drawn to this book - probably because I had read a book with a similar storyline and enjoyed it. Unfortunately even though there were some fun parts, mostly I just found this book hard to read. The writing style was very choppy. I had to reread many sections over and over to try and figure out what the author was trying to say. I found most of the characters overdone and stereotypically written. The one good thing I can say about this book is that every time I thought it was going to go left, it went right and though this did keep me guessing at times I was mind-boggled as to why the author chose to take the story in that particular direction. For example: Without giving any spoilers - the prom scene that took place around the pool did not seem believable for either of the two main characters that were involved. "

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