RATING: READ IT
Last week, I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Kissed by Reality by Carrie Aarons. I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, my go-to is Bravo and their slew of reality programs. I had only seen the first season of The Bachelor (which believe it or not came out in 2002!), but I was very familiar with its premise and storylines in the more than 14 years since I’d seen it. Frankly, it’s difficult to not peripherally be exposed to the drama of the program if you spend anytime online on entertainment sites, which I do.
I can honestly say that I went into this book with preconceived notions of what I was going to read. I assumed it would more or less follow the trajectory of a season’s worth of what one would experience in watching the show, with some behind the scenes thrown in and, of course, sex and internal dialogue. If that’s what you’re expecting as well, prepare yourself to be very, very pleased.
Yes, of course, the book does follow contestants throughout the season, however, it is – SO. MUCH. MORE. Ms. Aarons takes a subject that would seemingly write itself and made it so much more interesting and complex and heartfelt than I ever expected.
The peripheral characters and backstory are so wonderfully developed and you can’t help but have genuine feelings for the main characters, Leighton + Finn, their families and the other contestants. I’m not going to lie ~ there was one point in the book where I was actually in tears, and I was NOT expecting that.
Reality television is light and fluffy, even when it’s at the height of drama. Kissed by Reality manages to be light and fluffy, yet powerful and dare I say it, real.
As of 4.11.16, Kissed by Reality is available on Kindle Unlimited.