I must admit that I eschew reality TV with few exceptions. I do not care for Survivor, Big Brother, and the other reality shows as my own reality is plenty for me to handle. I do think, though, that teens will fall right into this novel. Kendra is a fairly typical teen and all teens think if they could just get the right set of parents that their (the teens') lives will be better. Kendra learns a lot of lessons, but she is not simply a tool in the hands of the producers. She begins to take charge of her life and to assume responsibility for her actions. I admired the authors' ability to avoid pitfalls (though there are some pratfalls) and to craft a novel that allows the characters to develop some sense of themselves gradually instead of rushing into stereotypes and predictability. The 14 year old has read the book and had dogeared many pages as her favorites.
As soon as the rain eases, I am off to the office to check 2 weeks of mail, file grades, and get the next round underway. At the end of the week, it is off to the VI armed with books and audio.