By Mónica González
(@TheLiteraryMomo on Twitter)
How far would you go for fame? How far would you go to lose fame? For Chloe, known as the infamous Bonnie™ Baker, these are questions that she has to face every day. She was never asked if she wanted to be a part of Bakers Dozen™, the hit reality show by MetaReel TV, she just was. In fact, being one of the only three of her family members actually born within the reality show, has meant that her life has been in the public eye since the start, and she’s sick of it.
After four years since the show’s cancellation, Chloe is finally having a normal life and, hopefully, an anonymous senior year. Unfortunately, that’s not what her mother has planned, as she gets ready to surprise the entire family with the soon to be premiered season of Bakers Dozen: Fresh Batch. After the life-threatening events from Season 13, Episode 2, Chloe is nowhere near ready to be in front of the cameras again, and neither is her older brother Benton™ “Benny” Baker. Together, they will have to figure out how to break free of that environment, or forever be condemned to live under Big Brother’s command.
This is the second Heather Demetrios novel that I read and I am certain it won’t be my last. Chloe is one of those very relatable characters that you can’t help but to care for. Benny is an extremely funny character with a slight drinking problem and a gorgeous Football Player for a boyfriend. And Lexie™ Baker, Benny’s twin sister, she’s something alright, and she plans to become something big. Even though we don’t get to see too much of her during the book, what we do get to see is pretty shocking, yet understandable for both a child star, and an actual sibling.
I liked this story because everything that Chloe goes through, despite being adapted in the story to reflect on the life of a reality TV star, can be adapted to anyone’s everyday life. Parental neglect, teenage insecurity and even how social media makes you be in a constant public eye, these are all thing we can relate to.
What I did not like was the fact that Chloe’s mom was so willing to just forget about the events that led to the cancellation of the show in season thirteen and even exploit the situation in her favor to get more ratings. I understand the financial challenges that a family of fifteen must face, but that doesn’t give a mother an excuse to neglect and abuse of her child the way she did, although I do understand that her antagonizing posture was necessary throughout the story so Chloe could develop as an individual.
I for one, am not ready for this story to be over, and I bet Demetrios wasn’t either, which is probably why she decided to bring The Lexie Project to life. This is a spin off story based on Lexie™’s life in Los Angeles after the events of Something Real. It involves some new characters as well as some of the original ones. So, after you finish this book, if you feel like finding out some more, which I’m sure you will, go check out The Lexie Project on Wattpad or at lexieproject.com, enjoy!