Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited the Network Nanny and her reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Gerald's way of rebelling against these conspiring adults was captured by the cameras and earned him the lifelong nickname "The Crapper." Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth--and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.
No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself, and even the girl he likes seems to have no idea how he feels. Everyone's just waiting for him to snap...and he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.
A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
A 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week
A Winter 2013-2014 Top Ten Kids' Indie Next List Pick
A 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Top Ten Book
A 2014 Carolyn W. Field Award Nominee
A 2014-15 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Winner
A 2015-16 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Master List Book
A 2015 Arkansas Teen Book Award, Level 2 Nominee
"A.S. King is one of the best YA authors working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly.... Reality Boy is finally a novel about whether you are fated to the life the world expects you to have."
—The New York Times Book Review
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed books Glory O'Brien's History of the Future;Reality Boy; Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.