Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's THE REAL REAL Tour + giveaway

No, I didn't mean to say the Real Deal Tour. The Real Real: a novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus went on sale yesterday and tomorrow they kick off their book tour on Good Morning America.

"In their first book for teens, the bestselling authors of the Nanny Diaries take aim at reality tv, where fiction masquerades as fact and the real drama is behind the scenes."


“Really funny, really smart, and really entertaining. I really LOVED this book!”
   — Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks and How to Be Bad

Praise for The Nanny Diaries:
“Diabolically funny.”
   — New York Times
“Impossible to put down.”
   — Vogue

The Real Real
by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
When Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus penned The Nanny Diaries, they had no idea of how much their lives would change with its runaway success.   They suddenly found themselves in the media spotlight with a bestselling debut novel on their hands, and a lot of attention suddenly focused on them.

Their experience inspired them to write THE REAL REAL--their first book for young adults.  The story begins when Jesse--one of the NOT rich kids at Hampton High – gets chosen to star on the Laguna Beach-style reality show filmed at her school.  Soon she’s forced to pal around with the glamorous kids whose families her working-class parents serve.  But there’s a tuition check attached to being on the show, and at the producers’ insistence, Jesse must trade her actual best friend for four people she’s gone to school with for years, but hardly knows.  As the producers play with their lives to heighten the drama, Jesse must struggle against losing herself amidst the red-carpet hype that is now a part of her daily life and try to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus are the authors of the New York Times bestsellers The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, and Dedication. They live and work in New York City.

by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
ISBN: 978-0-06-172040-6
$16.99                   Ages 14 up
On sale: May 19, 2009
Read an excerpt of THE REAL REAL!

May 23                Bookhampton, Amagansett, NY
May 26                B&N Skokie, IL
May 27                Anderson’s, Naperville, IL
May 28               B&N Lake Grove, NY
June 2                  Changing Hands, Phoenix, AZ
June 3                  Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA
June 4                 Borders, Torrance, CA
June 5                  B&N Huntington Beach, CA
June 6                  B&N, El Cerrito, CA
June 7                  Copperfields, Petaluma, CA
June 8                 Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
June 24               Borders Columbus Circle, NYC

Guess what?  Harper Teen wants to give one of my readers a signed copy of The Real Real, to celebrate the kick-off of the book tour!   Just answer this question: If you could be on any reality show, which one would it be?  This contest is open to US/Canada addresses and will run until May 31st.  Make sure you leave your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

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Anonymous said...

Well of course it would have to be Dancing With the Stars, although there would have to be a bit of un-reality there because I would have to look like one of those girls who wears fabulous costumes AND can actually dance!

Please enter me!

I am a blog follower also.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Jenna said...

I have always wanted to be on Big Brother. My sisters and I used to joke around how it would be awesome if they had a Big Brother: Teen Edition! Just think of the drama!

Please enter me! I am a follower.


Deborah said...

The Next Food Network Star! Granted I can't cook but it would be awesome

Cindy said...

Sounds like a good book. Count me please. I am a follower and I am just about to twitt this.


Julie P. said...

I would want to be on the Amazing Race! I also follow you in my Google Reader.


Gaby317 said...

I would like to be on the Amazing Race -

+ I've become a follower

+ I've posted a link to this contest on my blog's sidebar

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

KR said...

Top Chef

I love to cook!!!

+1 follower

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

Even though I can't sew I'd love to be on Project Runway! How fun!


Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!


Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!


Bingo said...

I would love to win this book. As for reality, my cousin and I always say we are going to do THE AMAZING RACE as it is our favorite. I am a follower....and thanks for the giveaway!

bermudaonion said...

This is a great giveaway! I would be on Dancing with the Stars! I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)

Pamela S said...

For sure American Idol. LOVE that show and then I would be rich & famous & live a glamorous life & meet famous people ....oh wait...this is just play, right?


Unknown said...

Project Runway for sure.

I already follow.

I tweeted.


Carlene said...

This is so easy for me, I wont to be on Big Brother. I love that show. Please include me in your giveaway.

I am a follower.


Carrie K. said...

Hmmm, I'm not a big reality show fan - but I think my daughter would love this book, which is why I'm entering. I supposed I'd pick something like The Amazing Race - but only after I got into shape!

I'm a follower and I blogged this here:

nnjmom at yahoo dot com

Fokxxy said...

I would be on the amazing race.. god I love that show!!


Fokxxy said...

I'm a follower


Emily Harris said...

Even though I don't know how to make clothes, I would have to pick Project Runway, just because I love the show SO much. And getting to meet Tim Gunn would be amazing!

stargirlreads said...

enter me :) I'll tweet

stargirlreads said...

also... America's next top model

Unknown said...

I would like to be on a reality show where people go to random places and get others to talk about the books they are reading or The Librarian's Life where we listen in on patron's questions and other goings-on at libraries! Yes, I know they aren't real but I don't watch reality shows so I would have to make one! :) brainlair AT gmail DOT com

Shannansbooks said...

I would like to win this book and to answer your question I would like to be on Big Brother. One is because it does not require talent and two I am not outside. I also follow you on google reader and twitter.

Email address is Shannanusar(at)aol(dot)com

HilLesha O'Nan said...

Big Brother

lilacbutterfly [at]

HilLesha O'Nan said...

I'm a follower. :)

Emily said...

I would be on Project Runway if I could be on any reality show, for sure!

I am a follower.

I twittered this:

mindy said...

project runway thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Anonymous said...

zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Honestly, I think I'd love to be on DANCING WITH THE STARS! Can't you just imagine how fun and exciting that would be?!

Kelly said...

Does What Not to Wear count as reality? Because I would love a $5,000 shopping spree with Stacy and Clinton telling me what looks good on me! :)


scottsgal said...

The Bachelorette and having my pick of a bunch of hot men.

Thanks for the giveaway

msboatgal at

jemscout425 said...

the real housewife of new york city so i could hang out with bethany for a day. she cracks me up

kathy55439 said...

Hells Kitchen

A Reader said...

The Amazing Race b/c I love to travel.
Thanks for the giveaway!


Nicole D. said...

I would love to be on Survivor!

Tiffany819 said...

I would like to be on Big Brother.

- I am a follower

Tiffanys819 at

Kaizen Fashion Project said...

I'd love to be on Project Runway!

heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

Amazing Race - no contest. I LOVE to travel and they do the coolest things (of course, some are downright frightening and/or gross!)

melacan at hotmail dto com

Pam said...


melacan at hotmail dto com

wendy wallach said...

For me, it would have to be " Big Brother".

madamerkf at aol dot com

Sue W. said...

Darn, I am not a fan of reality shows but I have watched Dancing With The Stars a few times. Problem is I can't dance very well. But sure would enjoy going there to see the stars dance.


Sue W. said...

I blogged this giveaway for The Real Real at:


Sue W. said...

I'm a follower.

Sheila Hickmon said...

I would love to be on Big Brother! Thanks for the giveaway! hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Sheila Hickmon said...

Im following too@! hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Marie said...

I would choose Project Runway -- I loved that show!

Marie said...

I am a follower.

Sharon said...

I would love to appear on The Biggest loser, sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway

sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

Michelle Kuo said...

Hmm that's a hard one! I would have to say Amazing Race, because it's always been my dream to travel around the world! Or possibly America's Next Top Model because the photos taken there are stunning! Or American Idol since I love to sing (even though I'm not very good at it). Haha you can tell I'm an indecisive person.

+1 I'm a follower!
+2 I tweeted
+2 blogged!


L said...

I'd love to be on The Real World. It would be cool to live with strangers and have my experience filmed.

I'm a follower.


sharon54220 said...

I am a Reality Show junkie. This is a hard one for me. First, I would say Biggest Loser, I really need to lose lots of weight, Second, American Idol, and 3rd, Dancing with the Stars.

sharon54220 said...

I am also a subscriber.

Paradox said...

I would want to be on The Amazing Race!

I'm a follower.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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