Abbie Flower, 12-08-13, Reality Boy.
Seventeen, angered, confused, Gerald Faust. Gerald isn’t an ordinary boy you’d see at school. He has a story behind his actions. His life from the age of 5 was filmed on T.V. Have you ever had a name that everyone called you that you just didn’t like? Well, Gerald’s was “the Crapper.” A.S King wrote the book “ Reality Boy”, which is fiction, to show how you shouldn’t judge someone before you get to know his or her background. Some other books she has written are “Ask The Passengers” and “ Everybody Sees The Ants.” The background stabilizes the reason for future actions. You shouldn’t judge others before you truly get to know them. They aren’t just what everyone else thinks they are. You shouldn’t judge someone because of their past that they couldn’t control.
Some places that you could say that this story took place were at Gerald’s house, the school, and at their work. Gerald, Hannah, and Gerald’s parents were some of the main characters in the story. Tasha, which is Gerald’s sister, used to drown him of his oxygen when he was little so they don’t have the best relationship. Gerald just wants to grow up and move out. He wants to just get away from everything that’s been making his life horrible and start a new one instead of being known as “the crapper” his entire life. Some things that made this book memorable were how Hannah and Gerald moved on with their lives instead of being known as what everyone else called them. The way that even through all of the bad things that were happening to Gerald he still stayed strong and positive. The cameramen left 10 years ago. I couldn’t even image having a camera crew in my house for that long. My favorite line in this book would have to be “ I’ll be another human on a planet full of humans, but better equipped because I have demands.” Everyone is this world has demands. We all demand to have better things. Better cars, a better house, and a bigger and better boat. We all want things to keep up with the new “trendy” things to stay popular. Gerald just wants to live in this world to demand for better things instead of being known as what everyone else though he was. He wants to show people that he’s so much more than imagined. His mom put him into the SPED class because she wanted Tasha to feel like she was better than him so she could go and do whatever with her boyfriend who just sleeps around. He has demands for his family, for his life, for the world, and for himself. He knows he’s so much more; he just has to prove it! This book does a fantastic job on going flashbacks. It goes from him being a little kid and talks about all of the things he went through when he was a kid. Then it goes to his age now and relates it to what happened. It shows how he has changed from when he was a kid to age seventeen. A lot of the conflict in this book has to deal with Gerald and family. His sister Tasha doesn’t like him and his other sister Lisi moved out and doesn’t ever call him. Gerald is trying to find his placed is this messed up world. He’s trying to have a new identity instead of “the crapper.” As he grows up he doesn’t want to be known as something that defined him when he was a little kid. This book does a great job of explaining that. It really expands on what he wants to be known as. He doesn’t want to be known as a kid who crapped on the table and everywhere else when he was a kid. He wants to be known as a person who has potential and is ready to show this world what he’s made of.
I felt that this book was very relative to my life it is also very encouraging. I’m just a young girl trying to find her place in this world. I know I am made up of so much more; I just have to prove it to everyone else. I felt that it was encouraging because it showed how Gerald kept pushing on through the tough and kept focusing on his dream of becoming someone. This book does have some language but it is worth you time. If you’re looking for a good book about someone’s life and how they overcame obstacles this would be a great one. If you’re going through a tough time, remember someone always cares!
Mrs. Braun has been in education for 20 years working as a school counselor. This year the role of high school librarian is new.