Coming back to add some comments about this book, years after having read it. Am currently reading King's latest title, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, and am struck by how brave both books are in their explorations of family dynamics. While Glory O'Brien's History of the Future delves into the lingering grief experienced after a family member commits suicide, Reality Boy deals with a family member who is manipulative and psychotic. When you are a child in a family with this kind of "problem child," what can you do? What power do you have when the parents refuse to acknowledge there is a problem?

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