“WHEN IT COMES TO MY FAMILY,
AND MY SHOW AND MY LIFE,
I THINK IT’S TIME TO
RENEGOTIATE MY CONTRACT…
Sixteen-year old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: a hit reality show, an elite private school, a Beverly Hills mansion the size of a hotel, her own personal paparazzi, and everything else that comes with the red-carpet ride if an LA starlet. But after five seasons on Rolling with the Royces-and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister Porsche; media-obsessed mother, Mercedes; and gambling-addicted CGB (cute gay brother), Maybach-Bentley wants out.
Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is on the horizon. As family starts to crumble, though, one thing becomes startlingly clear: without the show, there is no family. And when her car goes over a cliff on the day of her sister’s big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Really real. Like, not-reality-show real.”
This book was not for me.
I just could never really get into the story. Nothing gripped me throughout the entire book.
I went into this book with high expectations since it had been getting decent reviews in the booktube community around the time of its release. However, I didn’t understand the hype. This book seemed more like a middle grade novel in my opinion than it did young adult.
I did like Bentley as our main character. Her perspective was fun to read from. It was mostly her family that bothered me. There was just something about her family, especially Mercedes and Porsche, that annoyed the heck out of me. I know that is kind of how they were meant to be written but it got to the point where I just could not take it.
The plot of this book was my least favorite part. For me, the plot just jumped all over the place and didn’t stay focused on one specific thing for too long. It was like every single chapter was about something different. I wish it had mostly been focused on this huge upcoming wedding more than anything else. I also wanted some backstory on the characters. How did they become so famous to the point where they got their own TV show? It was a question that I kept asking throughout the entire book.
When I decided to read a contemporary book, I expect it to have some sort of romance aspect in it. While this book did have romance included, it was not very good. I felt that the romance between Porsche and Whitey was very insta-lovey and I wish that it had not been a made-for-TV kind of romance. The wedding being made-for-TV would have been fine all by itself but I wish that the romance had been something that had started before the events of this book took place.
There were some redeeming qualities of this book. I did like the first couple of chapters before I started loosing interest. I also liked the ending of the book. I liked trying to figure out what had happened to Bentley after that car crash. I wanted to know what happened leading up to that and I did get that. However I think that the last 3 or 4 chapters were not necessary.
Overall, like I said earlier, this book was just not for me. The family was a little to Kardashian-like for me. I also found this book to be kind of cheesy. I think the author has a great writing style and I would like to read more books written by her but nothing like this one.