Reading list: REAL HAPPY FAMILY, A NOVEL (Giveaway)

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When TLC Book Tours asked me to review one of their latest books, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, by Caeli Wolfson Widger, the email exchange went a little something like this:

Them: “Are you interested in reviewing a book that is focused around pop culture and reality TV?”

Me: “Hold on, let me turn down the Real Housewives of (Insert Favorite Bravo Franchise Here).”

In all honesty, once I dug into REAL HAPPY FAMILY, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Reading about pop culture and reality TV seems like it would be a pretty cushy gig, but this book is much darker and grittier than those topics let on.

The story follows a family, mainly a mother and a daughter, who are trying to survive in Hollywood, eventually ending up on an intervention-style reality TV show… which kicks off in a Reno hotel room, of all places.

I’m still finishing up the last few chapters of REAL HAPPY FAMILY and while it took me a few chapters to pull the story together, the characters kept me going. I loved that this wasn’t a fluffy-take on reality TV or a profile of a “struggling” actress. It feels real and borderline scandalous in a man-behind-the-curtain way, without being sensationalized with the glitz and glamour of typical celeb-fiction reads. To top it all off, it’s smart and witty, in all of the right places. My favorite.

There were times when I had to put it down to take a break from the almost painful family interactions. I felt as if I were peeking straight into the lives of Lorelei and Colleen, like I was watching them on Real Happy Family (the reality show they land on) myself, rather than reading a piece of fiction.

I’d certainly recommend REAL HAPPY FAMILY, especially if you’re a self-confessed reality TV junkie, like me. (I have no shame.) Your secret is safe with me. Looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up… I still can’t tell if there is a happy ending in the works or if this family will dive right into tragedy, yet again.

Pick up your own copy on Amazon. (The Kindle-version is under $5 right now!)
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A copy of REAL HAPPY FAMILY was provided for the purpose of this review. Giveaway provided by TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

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6 thoughts on “Reading list: REAL HAPPY FAMILY, A NOVEL (Giveaway)

  1. Carilyn Platt

    This has all the makings of a good book and my kind of book. Reality TV and family. Oh, and LA! I’m in! Would love to win it and read it. Thanks for the review bellingFAM and for the chance to read it!


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