Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelk
Published by: Clarion Books on January 9, 2018
SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AHEAD
I’m not ashamed to admit that reality TV is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. And House of Orange, the show at the center of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, sounds like a show I would love to watch in real life. NTJS is a book that I hadn’t heard a lot about, but I honestly think it deserves to be one of the most talked about releases of 2018, because it has made its way to my favorites list. This book was AMAZING.
Jane Sinner is a high school dropout who, upon her enrollment at Elbow River Community College, decides to join a brand new reality show called House of Orange. The show has a bunch of challenges and the winner gets a five thousand dollar scholarship, plus two thousand in cash and a car. I would love to read more reality TV books, and this honestly inspired me to write one myself, because there is so much room for creativity. This book was hilarious, and I could not stop laughing. It also had so much heart, and I fell in love with Jane and her world.
There is a good amount of romance in this book, but it’s not the main focus, which I was fine with, because I was so invested in Jane and her story. Lianne Oelke does a fantastic job of balancing the humor and heart, and you feel like you know Jane and her friends and family. It’s a very realistic book, and it takes an honest look at faith, family, mental illness, and the future, which I appreciated. Faith isn’t something that’s discussed all that much in YA, but I thought this was a very interesting take on it.
I feel like this review is super short, but mainly because it’s hard to put into words how much I loved this book. I feel like it would make a hilarious movie, and like I said, I really would like to see more books set in the reality TV environment, because it was actually hilarious. If you have the chance to, please pick up Nice Try, Jane Sinner because you will not regret it! Definitely one of my favorite reads.
Until next time,