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#3811305 in Books 2006-08-01 2006-08-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 7.13 x 1.30 x 5.00l, #File Name: 0060822406384 pages | File size: 70.Mb Gillian Shields : The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James: A Reality TV Novel before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James: A Reality TV Novel: 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Courtesy of Teens Read TooBy TeensReadTooWhat do you get when you take the idea for an in-school reality TV show and cross it with a character reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson? One of the freshest and cutest novels around, THE ACTUAL REAL REALITY OF JENNIFER JAMES.Jennifer James is not the most popular girl in her not-so-posh school, London Road Comprehensive. Boys may not necessarily notice her and her family may not come from money. But the one thing that may be working for


Jennifer is when the newest reality TV show, Down the Bog, comes to her school and offers one lucky student a scholarship to St. Willibald's College. This could be the chance for Jennifer to finally go to a good school, and all she needs is to be entered into the competition--but it may not be that easy.How the show works is that they choose two kids per grade and have a group of celebrities act as teachers at the school. The entire time, cameras will be showing all the action that is happening inside the school, and each week there will be a certain competition that the contestants and celebrities will have to compete in. And each week, viewers will call in and the one student and the one celebrity with the lowest number of votes will have to leave.Fortunately, Jennifer is oddly enough chosen to be a contestant. But that may be the only good news. There seems to be many struggles that Jennifer is going to have to face, like the very popular and very rude Tallulah, bullying her way through the competition and practically causing Jennifer's life to be miserable. Then there's Marcus, the guy who Jennifer has a crush on but who also seems to be on Tallulah's radar. And then there is Jennifer's feminist mother Jocasta, who hates the idea of Jennifer being on a reality show. For now, trying to win the competition could be the hardest obstacle that Jennifer has ever faced.THE ACTUAL REAL REALITY OF JENNIFER JAMES is witty, fun, and very compelling. Readers will get so attached to Jennifer that they will desperately root for her all the way, whether she wins or not. Gillian Shields captures the true essence of how it feels to want something very badly and to do the greatest thing to get it. The one thing that was on my mind during the reading was hoping for there to be a sequel to this fantastic book.Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. A Hilariously Realistic Look At Reality TelevisionBy Christina FixemerTHE ACTUAL REALITY OF JENNIFER JAMES is a hilarious novel reminiscent of the popular Georgia Nicholson series, only even better. It has more of a plot, and Jennifer is a lot smarter than Georgia. Both, however, are hilarious and very British!Jennifer's school, London Road Comprehensive, despite being described as "bog-standard," has one exceptional thing going for it: It's about to be featured on a reality television show in which celebrities, teachers, and students will compete for top prizes in front of the entire country. Which would be exciting enough even if Jennifer wasn't a huge part of it, but she's one of the dozen student contestants competing for a scholarship to the prestigious St. Willibald's College, a boarding school with much higher academic standards than London Road Comprehensive--making it the perfect place for overachiever Jennifer James.Of course, being on constantly camera is not as great as it sounds. Cameras are more than a little invasion of privacy. They make Jennifer's life--particularly her rather nonexistent love life--more difficult than it used to be. Is it really worth it, putting up with it all to go to St. Willibald's?THE ACTUAL REALITY OF JENNIFER JAMES is laugh-out-loud hilarious, but at the same time a very intelligent and interesting novel. It's certainly an original story and very well-written. Add to this wonderfully funny novel a cast of fantastic characters, and you've got a brilliant book. I can't wait to read more by Gillian Shields!Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce02/15/20072 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Real Reality is Really FunnyBy Little WillowWhen a new British reality TV series begins filming at London Road Comprehensive, Jennifer unwillingly becomes a contestant alongside her peers, her teachers, and eccentric celebrities. Two kids per grade (except for the highest year) are selected to participate, with the student prize being a scholarship to an elite school. Jennifer doesn't want to be on the show, but she has been selected to represent her grade. So has Tallulah, who is as cruel as she is pretty - and she knows it.This book is written in diary format. Nearly four hundred pages in length, it is unlike many other stories about reality TV shows because Jennifer doesn't watch herself on TV. She can't. Her mother doesn't permit televisions in the house. This allows the book to be more about Jennifer and less about television. She is a reluctant participant in this crazy game, and readers will root for her. Jennifer James is your everyday brainy, unpopular girl. When a reality TV show chooses her school as the subject of a new show, Jennifer is surprised to be chosen as a participant. The grand prize is entry into the elite St. Willibald's College, and Jennifer's determined to win. But it's not so easy, especially when there are the complications of: a blonde bombshell rival a combative feminist mother a distracting love interest and the prospect of a first snog and, above all, a lack of talents required to win the public's vote! Teen readers will devour this hilarious diarystyle expos about reality TV and one girl's struggle to figure out herself. Ages: 12+ From School Library JournalGrade 7 UpJennifer James considers herself the Most Unpopular Person in her public high schoolconsidered a bog standard, or substandard, institution by most of the residents of her British town. She wishes that her parents had the money and inclination to allow her to transfer to a more competitive academy. When her school is chosen to participate in a new reality TV program in which students will compete for entry into the prestigious St. Willibald's Collegean elite preparatoryJennifer is shocked when she is named one of the contestants. Written as a series of diary entries and interspersed with clippings from the local newspaper and a faux British gossip rag, Shields's first novel details the show's reality from the point of view of an unlikely participant. The narrative reads much like Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson titles (HarperCollins)diary entries are labeled by date and time and some slang is marked with asterisks and explained in footnotesbut it takes a while to gather momentum. The plot is saved from predictability when Jennifer and her friends uncover a voting scam going on behind the scenes; some readers will have noted elements of foreshadowing prior to this revelation. This novel doesn't pack the same punch as


Tucker Shaw's Confessions of a Backup Dancer (S S, 2004) or the insight of Sarra Manning's Guitar Girl (Dutton, 2004). With a glut of similar books on the market, this one doesn't stand out.Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistGr. 7-10. Take TV's Survivor and the 2005 movie Mean Girls, add a self-effacing narrator a la Georgia Nicolson, and you get this delightful romp from across the pond, told mostly through diary entries. By her own account "The Most Unpopular Girl at [her] school," bookish teen Jennifer James leaps at the chance to participate in a wacky reality show that is being filmed on campus. Contestants vie for the chance to "survive" on the show, sinking into a quagmire of backstabbing and fraud that nearly brings down the school (along with a few of the show's orchestrators). Jennifer, of course, comes through with aplomb--despite challenges that include outsmarting a menacing classmate, charming the boy she loves, managing her parents' mixed emotions about the ordeal, and getting through the days amid intense publicity. Shields stretches the comic situation to a breaking point, but that won't stop the outrageous satire from triggering laughs--and nor will the frequent Briticisms, defined in a concluding glossary. Anne O'MalleyCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved A delightful romp from across the pond. (Booklist)A humorous saga of the brainy outsider girl. The writing is fastpaced, and events are exaggerated for comic effect. (KLIATT)All will alternately laugh and cheer Jennifer on. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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