In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child television "star" struggling to break free of the oppressive anger he's felt since he was five years old. Twelve years later, he's still haunted by his rage-filled youth--which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle--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 his violent outbursts; everyone is just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that...until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.
A New York Times Editors' Choice
A 2013 Publishers Weekly Best YA Book
A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book
A 2013 Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book
A 2013 VOYA Perfect Ten Book
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 2015-16 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Master List Book
"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers 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.