My rating: pink3

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hello, fellow bloggers! I’ve just finished reading Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl. It’s about a family and the reality tv show, Rolling withe Royces, that follows their lives. The only snag is that one of the family members, Bentley, does not want to play by the show’s rules anymore and has to decide what she wants if it isn’t being on the hit reality tv show, Rolling with the Royces- and what she’ll do to make that happen. After reading the excerpt, I thought to myself, this is a subject you love, the going-ons of reality tv! Once I read it though, I had slightly different feelings about it.

The fact is that I just couldn’t get behind the logic of the book. It was very confusing, between the sudden personality changes of characters to the lack of resolution of their problems. I couldn’t follow how the aftermath and flashbacks were related in some cases as well as the development of characters barely being explained at all. Like Bentley’s mother, Mercedes, making an overnight transformation from distant to loving. I know by throwing in the mothering into her cold personality was supposed to make her more complex and less like this evil one-dimensional character, but all it did was make me wonder what actually caused it. Was it the show or was Mercedes finally waking up and realizing she needed to treat her kids better? Either way, we aren’t given an answer, which I find to be really sad. Or the problems that Bach and Bentley faced because of this reality show. After reading this book, I still don’t know how the ending even plays out for them. What does it mean for their show? Does Bentley get everything she wanted? Although, that might have been more due to the fact that I probably wasn’t paying as much attention at this pint.

But there were good parts. The beginning and ending of the book were really interesting and the only reason I even read the middle part of the book in the first place. There was just so much mystery and intrigue surrounding it that I couldn’t help but read those parts, even if I didn’t get the reasoning at times. That and having the lines blurred between real and reality tv in this book, whether it was facts or characters’ personalities, made this book more enjoyable!

Overall, while Royce Rolls was interesting enough, there wasn’t enough backstory or sufficient development for it to make sense, even as we got a behind the scenes kind of story. If you have any more questions about Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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