Purple Panda Points: For Real

25 Jan


Happy Sunday! How has your weekend been so far? I’ve spent mine curled up with a few good books and looking at the pretty snow outside my window. And since I’m in a bit of a reading mood, it’s a perfect day to post a Purple Panda Points review!

Here’s a quick review of the Purple Panda Points rating system for any of you who aren’t familiar with it…

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

The books are rated using the ice cream rankings…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a wafer cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

Purple Panda Points 3Today I’ll be reviewing “For Real” by Alison Cherry. You can read my full thoughts below or a quick overview of them in the image above.

Summary: When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her, her TV-nut sister Claire immediately comes up with a revenge plan: They’ll compete on the same reality TV show as Samir, “Around the World,” and win. But when the sisters arrive at the starting line of the globe-trotting race, a surprise twist is announced…they won’t be racing with the partners they chose. With all the fake drama and TV magic, the race turns out to be something the two never expected.

Plot: The entire idea of competing on a reality TV show for revenge is a pretty funny idea, so naturally, this book was also quite funny. Add in some easy-flowing writing, sister bonding, and ridiculous TV show challenges, and you have one great book! (And it’s realistic fiction! Surprise!)

Characters: I was really looking forward to reading about Claire and Miranda’s relationship in this book, but the surprise twist in the race unfortunately didn’t allow for them to have too many scenes together. Luckily, the chapters they did share together were very good, and probably my favorite part of the book. And of course, the other contestants on the race were also quite…interesting.

Setting: “Around the World,” is basically it’s own setting, don’t you agree? It was pretty ridiculous (and hilarious!) but I enjoyed seeing the parallels between it and the reality TV shows we watch in real life. I also liked how little, by little, we found out more about the inner workings and behind-the-scenes action of the show.

Overall Rating: 4 Purple Panda Points

Four Points

Have you read any good books lately?



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