“Life Just Got Real” is written by Sadie Robertson with Cindy Coloma. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., Life Just Got Real is a fiction novel of 278 pages. The setting takes place in Nashville, and the point of view alternates between the two protagonists, AJ Smith, and Kate Kelly.
AJ Smith is a sixteen-year-old who grew up in Louisiana, with her mom, dad, and her brothers, Micah and Noah. Her life mainly consisted of repairing cars with her dad, which was what her dad did for a living, and was AJ’s favorite thing to do. She attended a normal public school, had good friends, and loved to go hunting with her brothers. After her dad died, her mom decided to leave the place where AJ had spent all of her life, and bring the whole family -except from Noah, who went into the military- with her. The change in her life is huge. Her mother has already found a husband, Charles, who has a so n, Sam, and it breaks AJ’s heart to see how fast her mother moved on. She has to attend a private school, and it is very apparent to her that the students there come from a much higher class in society that she does. Many things go wrong- she has to take classes she has never taken before and knows she is going to fail, her grades are not so good, and she has to get through all the drama and gossip that stirred-up the minute she stepped foot on her school. Something feels weird and wrong when she discovers that her mom cannot afford to pay the school, which means that someone else is paying for it- and AJ has no idea who that is. She makes several friends such as Homer and Tae, who used to be Kelly’s best friend. But all this is just the beginning of the drama that is about to change her whole life.
Kate Kelly is the daughter of a famous music producer, and the owner of one of the most famous boutiques. Kate Kelly has two siblings: her older brother, Kaden Kelly, and her younger sister, Kasey Kelly. Kelly is more on the wealthy side, and much more professional. She is mature, a very good student, and a control freak. As an already successful person and class president, Kate has many fake friends, who just want something from her: they want to harm her, or do not care about her. Her “friends” include Lauren, Sandra, Priscilla, Mel, though her best, and probably only true friend, is Palmer. She is in a relationship with Alex, and later in the book, their relationship takes a dramatic twist. Her family is planning to take part in a reality TV show called “Real Life”. Kelly is chosen for the finalist, and is shocked when she learns that AJ, the weird girl who wears red converses, jeans, and her father’s advertisement t-shirts, is chosen to be the other protagonist in Real Life. Along with the fact that her brother, Kaden, is AJ’s prom date, Kate’s life seems to have changed ever since AJ appeared.
“When things go wrong, it’s reality TV’s right”.
I enjoyed reading this book. Even though high school drama seems to be a common theme in many books and movies, this book is much different than the other ones. It does not match the typical stereotype of one person being the mean, spoiled rich girl who is a horrible student, but somehow manages to get through each grade, and the other person being an innocent, poor girl who is a good student. The talents and values of both girls, and all the factors that make them special is what make this novel very unique and interesting. Even though there is no suspense or cliffhangers, there is something about this book that will make you stay up all night reading it.
I would recommend reading this book. I would give this book a 5/5 rating. +12.