Release Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Family, General, Humorous Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family's reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out.
Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Really real. Like, not reality show real.
ROYCE ROLLS is a novel that stands out against other books in the YA genre. It is definitely unique, and fans of reality television are going to want to check it out. As someone who has a love-hate relationship with dramatic television, I had mixed feelings about this book.
The novel starts out in the future and then flashes back, leaving you sort of in the dark about why things turned out the way they did. The entire book builds back up towards the event from the beginning, but in a way that keeps you curious and works with the narrative.
ROYCE ROLLS makes fun of reality TV today in a satirical way, so if you able to look at the writing knowing this I think your experience will be better. It can be cheesy, overly dramatic, and cliche at times, but it feels purposeful. Still, it focuses on a celebrity family, so having a few annoyances seemed unavoidable.
In addition to the actual plot, there are fun footnotes, new articles, and other pieces of content that make this book a little more entertaining and give you a different perspective. I liked the articles but the footnotes could get a little distracting as you kept having to leave your place to read the footnotes.
Not including Bentley, I thought the characters were written to be sort of annoying on purpose. I wish we had a gotten more of a glimpse into who the characters were beneath the surface and why they acted the way they acted. For example, the main character’s mom is kind of portrayed a somewhat of a villain in the beginning and going deeper into her character and humanizing her would have made for a more heartfelt story, in my opinion.
Overall, I think this book is one a lot of people can enjoy as long as they go in knowing some aspects are not to be taken completely seriously.