I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.
Original Release Date:
April 4th 2017
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
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.
My Review: (Vague Spoilers)
This entire book is essentially satire and I loved it!
Mind you, I was unsure of this book, as I am the sort of person who’d arguably rather gouge out my yes than watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Which this book is literally a parody of.
But Royce Rolls is self-aware of that, and makes fun of its self for it essentially. Which means I enjoyed it immensely.
The book is funny and witty, and mixes tropes and parody from a bunch of different reality shows in a way that comments on and makes fun of them.
The book is told in a mix of email/news reports and Bentley’s first person POV. Literally mixed media. The over-arching story keeps you on your toes, and there is twists that I didn’t see coming, I love seeing the way things unfold when you’re not expecting it to be as hardhitting/intelligent as it actually was. It is more than dumb comedy.
The characters and the romances are all great, and I didn’t see the ending coming at all, which was good.
I will say that it got bumped down to 4 stars because the ending felt a bit like it was getting ahead of itself, it confused its own timeline a bit, and didn’t address some of the things it brought up (ex. why a certain someone left home in the first place).
Other than that, I thought it was a fun read. I recommend it!