Did you read Something Real by Heather Demetrios last year? It was one of my favorite books of 2014. It was about a family reality show called The Baker's Dozen. A family with 12 kids - more Jon & Kate than the Duggars. The main character was Chloe, one of the children who no longer wanted to play a role in her family's TV show or in public life at all.
Something Real is a book that I expected to be shallow and nothing but fluff. It turned out to be much more substantive. It's a hard hitting realistic look at the downside of fame and at a severely dysfunctional family. And yet it is immensely readable. It manages to be funny, sad, touching, uplifting, and infuriating without feeling maudlin.
I was browsing blogs a few days ago, and to my great surprise, read a post about The Lexie Project, a companion novel to Something Real. In a unique twist, The Lexie Project is being published for free on Wattpad and will incorporate other media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and more.
Here's a summary of The Lexie Project
Lexie Baker is ready for her close up and nobody’s gonna get in her freaking way.
Nearly a year after graduating high school and taking a hiatus from her family’s reality TV show, "Baker's Dozen," Lexie is in Los Angeles, on a mission to take Hollywood by storm. From red carpet premiers to helping her YouTube star roommate film weird videos, Lex fits right in with the droves of girls just as hungry as she is for some screen time. When Jax Wilson, a young, hot producer, offers to launch The Lexie Project, a reality show that will chronicle Lex’s adventures trying to make it as an actress in LA, she jumps at the chance. It isn’t an Oscar-winning role, but it’s a start.
The City of Angels soon becomes Hell on Earth and Lexie realizes that everyone—even Liam—has something they’re hiding. It’s time to find a new role to play–not the one she was cast in at birth.
[Courtesy of Heather Demetrios' website]
There will be a crowd-sourcing element to The Lexie Project, which is even better. How often do you feel like you're a part of the book you're reading? It's like Choose-Your-Own-Adventure for the 21st century.
The first three chapters went up on June 8. A new chapter will be posted each week for the next year. I'm on chapter 4 right now and can't wait to see how this story turns out!
How to find The Lexie Project:
Youtube - See videos by Noelle Non Merci, Lexie's roommate