Waiting On…For Real by Alison Cherry

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title For Real
Author Alison Cherry
Pages 304 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Travel
Publisher Delacorte Press
To Be Published December 9th, 2014
Find It On Goodreads

No parents. No limits. No clue what they’re in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister’s shadow. While Miranda’s life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it’s Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They’ll outshine Miranda’s fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life…or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what’s for real?

While there’s nothing I love more than a good, hearty television drama that I can sink my teeth into, sometimes there is nothing better than a little escapist entertainment like reality television (she said, defensively). From Top Chef to Survivor, Antiques Roadshow to The Amazing Race, I often find myself turning to these shows when I want something a little less taxing and intense. I particularly love shows that involve travel as that’s an interest I’m passionate about. So, when I stumbled on Alison Cherry’s upcoming 2014 release, For Real on Goodreads one day, I was immediately intrigued. In what sounds like an homage to The Amazing Race, Claire and Miranda embark on an around-the-world adventure while competing for one million dollars. As intriguing as the premise itself is, I also appreciate the fact that the novel appears to emphasize the familial relationship between the two sisters, as opposed to putting the romantic subplot first as in the case of so many young adult novels.

It’s no secret that I’ve been reading quite a few contemporary novels with ‘heavier’ subject matter recently (The Impossible Knife of Memory: Post-Trauamtic Stress Disorder, Faking Normal: Rape, Side Effects May Vary: Cancer, The Museum of Intangible Things: Mental Illness, etc) and I’ve begun to yearn for a little lighter, less-serious fare. While it won’t be published until December, For Real sounds precisely like what the doctor ordered and I absolutely can’t wait until I have this book in my hands. Now if only we could have Phil Keoghan narrate the audiobook…

14 responses to “Waiting On…For Real by Alison Cherry”

  1. Liss says:

    This sounds like a fun read. Too bad it doesn’t come out till December this would make a great beach read. Thanks for the post. Going to put this on my to tbr list.

  2. This book sounds like fun! I’m definitely popping it on my TBR pile.
    Sharon – Obsession with Books
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  3. Leydy says:

    New to me and it sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing.

    Check our WOW

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  4. Nobody says:

    I love a good lighthearted contemporary especially when it’s more about family than romance and of course road trip books are also one of my favorites, I can’t wait for this one! =)
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  5. This book sounds like a riot. I remember reading this kind of set-up before: siblings going on a reality TV show and then one of them finding a love that may or may not be for the cameras alone but for the life of me I can’t remember the title or the author. Great pick! πŸ™‚

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  6. Sounds like a fun read! I’ll have to check it out. Here’s my WoW if you’d like to stop by.
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  7. Brittany says:

    Wow! Great choice. I’m also a new follower, what a great blog!

    Come and visit my Waiting on Wednesday!
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  8. Rebecca says:

    This sounds freaking amazing. While I’ve been blog hopping I’ve been finding new blogs and following them and making a list of upcoming books to buy that will bankrupt me well into next year. πŸ™‚

    I’m a new follower via bloglovin and twitter and I’m about to go check out your review for Faking Normal.

    Here’s my WOW if you’d like to check it out.

    Have an awesome day.

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  9. This sounds really neat, especially because I’ve been searching everywhere for a book to satisfy my travel bug. I’m also all for the sisterly dynamic aspect. However… I am a bit wary of that twist at the end. It reminds me of another book with a reality TV show love story that I really didn’t enjoy :/
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  10. I have added this one to my TBR list, too. I sort of wish it was coming out this summer, instead of December though. I know you can read books set during the summertime ANYTIME, but with the traveling & reality show bits, it oozes summer reading to me.
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  11. Kirsty-Marie says:

    I’m addicted to Masterchef and Hells Kitchen, it’s bad. πŸ™ I didn’t really like Red, but it does really seem different from that, so hopefully it doesn’t have the same feel to it, but it does seem fun. πŸ™‚
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  12. Megan Nicole says:

    I used to watch The Amazing Race all the time! So this definitely has caught my interest. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚
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  13. Yes, I love chilling out with tv shows where I don’t need to think too hard, it’s a good way to relax, and the same goes for fluffy, fun books!
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  14. The cover looks interesting, and the synopsis is too! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ˜€

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