Published by Freeform on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Humor
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet.
But after five seasons on her family's reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh.
With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real. Really real. Like, not reality show real.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.
Royce Rolls is a young adult humorous contemporary by Margaret Stohl. I loved this book. I found it to be hilarious. It is no secret that I am a HUGE reality tv show junkie. I watch all of it…the good, the bad and the plain old trashy. I love it. And I loved Royce Rolls because it took all of the aspects of reality tv…from the filming and production, to the impact that being a reality tv “star” has on your life, to all of the absurd moments. It all worked for me. This book is pure guilty pleasure fun. Now, I will admit that if you find the whole idea of reality tv awful, and you can’t stand to even think about it…this is probably not going to be the book for you. You might find it superficial and gratuitous, and unnecessarily dramatic…which it is. But to be fair, those are some of the things I love most about reality tv. I found Royce Rolls to be a great time. I loved this book.
Royce Rolls was a blast for me to read about. I loved everything about the set up of the book. I loved the over the top characters, I loved the meddling from production, I loved the footnotes. It all worked for me. I think this book will appeal to a very specific reader. I think you will either love it, like I did, or it will be a complete miss for you. If you like reality tv, this is going to be a hoot and a half for you to read.
I loved Bentley, the main character. I thought she was likable and sweet. She was really easy to root for. I didn’t love all of the characters as much as I loved her, but overall I felt like it was a good ensemble. The real winner with Royce Rolls for me was the writing. I loved all the witty dialogue and the seriously hilarious moments. I thought this was an accurate representation of the reality tv aspect of our society today. Honestly, it felt very on point for me. I also liked that I felt like I was getting a behind the scenes looks at Hollywood and production, which is always really fun.
Bottom line: If you haven’t noticed by now, my theme for this book is fun. Royce Rolls is a really fun read. I think fans of reality tv will enjoy this over the top family, crazy moments and funny disalogue. I had a blast reading Royce Rolls. It was just as much a guilty pleasure as reality tv itself.Royce Rolls by @MStohl is a must read for fans of reality tv! @Bookbriefs #review & #Giveaway @DisneyHyperion Click To Tweet
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I was so excited to see a new book from Stohl, and really happy that it was in my favorite genre, contemporary. I am glad to hear good things from you about it, and am very excited to read it myself.
Sam @ WLABB
I am so excited for this! I was initially drawn to the cover, it’s so cute and fun, and had no clue what it was about. I’m so happy to learn it’s not only humorous, but also NA and contemporary. I haven’t found a NA book I’ve liked in quite a while (since Helena Hunting’s Clipped Wings series, actually!), so I’m hoping this book will change all that. Great review, too!
Great review! I like to vary my books from emotional and deep to lighter and fun and can’t wait to read this. I bet my daughter would enjoy it too.
Sounds like a cute contemporary read! I’m not one for the genre, but I do think this one sounds adorable.