Gold Award Winner in the 2018 Literary Classics Book Awards for YA Contemporary Literary Titan Gold Book Award 2018 Bronze Medal in the YA Adventure Readers Favorite Awards 2018 Semi-finalist in the Dante Rosetti YA CIBA Award 2019
“…an incredibly readable, fast-paced, YA coming of age adventure novel where everyone has a secret, and no one is who they seem.” —Chanticleer Review
"Brooks’ riveting, multidimensional characters drive the story...this lambent, indelible cast outshines any gold they might find." —Kirkus Reviews
High school senior Riley Ozaki is desperate to change her reality after an avalanche of Internet shaming ruined her life. With her reputation and self-esteem at rock bottom thanks to cyberbullying, Riley needs to do something drastic to repair her social standing—which is why she decided to try out for a reality TV show. Suddenly, she’s dropping onto a deserted tropical island with nineteen other teens for a Survivor-style competition that she hopes will be her redemption.
With a cast of vivid characters who will stop at nothing to win the show, a cursed island setting, and a priceless treasure waiting to be discovered, Reality Gold pitches readers right into scheming web of lies, love, and betrayal. This novel is a fast-paced journey where allies may not be who they say they are, and legends abound. Riley must embrace all of life’s realities, including loss and deceit, in order to discover who she truly is.