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A New York Times Editors' Choice
A 2013 Publishers Weekly Best YA Book
A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book
A 2013 Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book
A 2013 VOYA Perfect Ten Book
A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
A 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week
A Winter 2013-2014 Top Ten Kids' Indie Next List Pick
A 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Top Ten Book
A 2014 Carolyn W. Field Award Nominee
A 2015-16 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Master List Book
"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly.... Reality Boy
is finally a novel about whether you are fated to the life the world expects you to have."—John Green
, The New York Times Book Review
* "Heart-pounding and heartbreaking.... a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other and themselves."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A nuanced portrayal....This is a story about healing."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "King's trademarks--attuned first-person narrative, convincing dialogue, realistic language, and fitting quirkiness--connect effectively in this disturbing, yet hopeful novel."
—School Library Journal, starred review
* "King's writing is tighter, more focused, and better than ever....[An] intense and incredibly fresh plot."
—VOYA, starred review
* "King offers a compelling look at possible long-term effects of reality shows.... thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic."
—Library Media Connection, starred review
"Put down the remote and pick up Reality Boy
--it's a showstopper."—The Horn Book
"The hallmarks of [King's] strong work are there: magical realism, heightened emotion, and the steady, torturous, beautiful transition into self-assured inner peace. Like Gerald, it's wonderfully broken."
"[A] smart and sympathetic story about breaking free from the world's expectations."
"We all know at least one teen who needs a book like this; I didn't know I needed it until I turned the last page."