Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family's reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley's family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear--without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable--save the show. But when her future brother-in-law's car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister's fiancé inside—on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less—things get real. Really real. Like, not reality show real. Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.
Bentley "Bent" Royce, 16, is the attitude-laden bad-girl daughter of the Royces, a Kardashianesque "famous for being famous" family of reality TV royals. It's all an act, though, and Bent wants nothing more than to shed her TV persona and go to college. She is thrilled when the head of the studio, Jeff Grunburg, butts heads with Bent's fame-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and threatens to cancel Rolling with the Royces. But she quickly learns that older sister Porsche's failing lip gloss collection has wiped out the family's fortune, and they desperately need season six to keep the family from financial ruin. Stohl (the Icons series) pulls readers into the underbelly of reality TV and the C-list celebrities and wannabes clamoring for a bit of fame. She adroitly weaves together press releases, posts from gossip blogs, tweets, and news articles to add depth and verisimilitude to Bent's dizzying world. Stohl creates a laugh-out-loud send-up that pulls back the curtain on the unreality of reality TV. Ages 14 up.