I am so excited because today I share with you all the interview with my new favorite couple of YA. Chloe Baker and Patrick Sheldon from the oh-so-good, stay-up-til-morning-reading (read my full review) novel Something Real by Heather Demetrios.
But just in case you haven't come across Something Real here ya go.
Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show's cancellation, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it's about to fall apart . . . because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™'s mom and the show's producers won't let her quit and soon the life that she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.
Heather Demetrios' Something Real is the winner of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award.
Without further ado...
Patrick: Thanks so much for not being a creepy tabloid.
Chloe: I’m sure you know how crazy the media has been. It’s not very often we feel comfortable talking about our relationship.
Patrick: We try to stay under the radar.
Chloe: Yeah. [gives him a gentle push] He always puts things the right way—under the radar. That’s my comfort zone.
|Chloe & Patrick via Heather's Pinterest|
Chloe: I feel good about it. It was hard to put my story out there, but I really wanted people to hear what I had to say. Every time I tried to explain how much being on the show sucked or why things were so messed up with our family, MetaReel censored me. They’d edit that part out of the show or my mom would write a book that only told her side of things. And the magazines and Twitter and everything was just…[sighs] I felt like it was time people knew what it was like to grow up on TV, to have the cameras in your face all the time. I wanted everyone to know that I wasn’t okay with it. I wanted them to know the real me.
Patrick: What I appreciated most about the book is that Chloe was totally honest. She didn’t try to make herself look good, you know? There’s some rough stuff in there.
Chloe: We talked about it. I mean, Patrick and I talked about the book before I wrote it. I wanted to make sure that he was okay with me sharing stuff about our relationship. It seemed like the only way to show people what my life was like during that time.
Patrick: It’s strange, I’ll admit, but honestly, we don’t have anything to hide. And if our story can make things better, like, stop some of the crap MetaReel is pulling, then it’s worth losing a little bit of our privacy. Just a little bit, though. We never go online or read tabloids. We know people are talking about us, but we don’t let it mess with our Zen.
Patrick, you are one of the most romantic YA guy I've ever read about. What was your first impression of Chloe the first time you set your eyes on her? Was it love at first sight?
Patrick: [Blushes] Um…Chlo, do you want me to answer that?
Chloe: If you want. It’s okay. I mean, you are the most romantic guy in YA.
Patrick: [rolls his eyes] Someone paid you to say that, didn’t they?
Chloe: Oh, shut up.
Chloe, what's the word on Lexie™? I loved her in Something Real, especially towards the end. Are we going to see her again?
Chloe: It took me a long time to realize that I love my stupid sister. I say this with total affection, by the way. Lex is in LA now, trying to “make it.” I totally don’t get that at all, but I answer the phone when she calls, even if it’s a drunk dial to tell me what an awesome time she’s having at some celebrity party or whatever. I’m glad we made it through the crazy and that we ended up on the same side. [Laughs] You will definitely see her again—she’s totally pissed that I got a book deal before her. Expect hers to be way sexier.
Patrick: Oh, god.
So, guys, which would you prefer: sunrise or sunset?
Patrick and Chloe: Sunrise.
...And speaking of, what have you both been up to since we last saw you in Something Real? Can you tell us some of your plans for the near future?
Patrick: We’ve been seeing the sights.
Chloe: Life is so awesome when cameras aren’t taping every little thing you do. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I have a sort-of normal life now. Like, I’ll be walking through my kitchen to get coffee and keep my head down. I used to do that so that the cameras couldn’t tape my heinous morning face. And then I’ll suddenly remember: no one can see me.
Patrick: [smiles] Well, almost no one.
Chloe: [kisses his cheek] So, um. Yeah. Life is good. My old therapist used to tell me to take it one day at a time. Like, if I look at my whole future, like, future with a capital “F,” I freak out. But if I think all I need to do is live today, enjoy today, then I’m okay.
Patrick: But everything that happened…that’s not going to go away completely.
Chloe: I definitely have my bad days. Sometimes I’m just sad, you know? Sad for me, sad for my family. Or angry.
Patrick: But most of the time, we’re just trying to hide out, hang out. Then school will start up again. So, you know: life.
Chloe: Yeah. Real life.
Thank you again to you both for answering my questions. Hopefully I'll see you both again in another novel in the future.
If you want more of Chloe and Patrick read Something Real by Heather Demetrios. I'm going to be pushing the novel to all my friends because it's that GOOD--it's right up there with My Life Next Door (Fitzpatrick) and Anna and the French Kiss (Perkins) for me.
For more info about Something Real and author Heather Demetrios, stop by her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. You also might want to check out the Book Boyfriends Facebook page for some swoon-y #PatrickSheldonIsMyBoyfriend and #BennyBakerIsMyBoyfriend quotes.
Thanks to Macmillan, one lucky reader will win a copy of Something Real (US only; ends 3/7). Trust me, you want this book!
P.S. Don't forget to read my review of Something Real.