Saturday, July 19, 2014
Reality Boy, by A. S. King
A complex, rather depressing, and ultimately addictive story of bad breaks and breaking with the past. There is a lot of unresolved stuff in this story and not a lot of happy ending, but the baggage that Gerald is carrying is significant and it isn't a story where a truly happy ending would have felt plausible. Gerald is a tough guy and a tough character to like, but he's remarkably level-headed and charismatic.
King has a lot to say about the reality entertainment phenomenon and she says it well. However, this is ultimately not a social critique, but really a domestic tragedy. King's point that the television cameras oversimplified (and ultimately missed) the real story is her way of condemning the faux search for authenticity that the genre lives on.