I picked up Nice Try, Jane Sinner because reality t.v. can be so much fun, even as you’re watching the characters spiral, as well as the fact that Jane sounded like a smart ass that I would love spending time with.
Earlier this month I reviewed Lianne Oelke’s novel, which you can read here, and am so pleased to be able to share with you today a guest post by the author. I asked some questions about her favorite reality shows, what Jane might take with her if she had to choose only five items, and more.
Published: 9 January 2018
Publisher: Clarion Books
Category: Young Adult/Contemporary
The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.
Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.
As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.
Guest Post by Lianna Oelke
About the Author
Lianne Oelke holds a degree in philosophy and works in the film industry. She resides in Vancouver, and Nice Try, Jane Sinner is her first book. Visit her online at lianneoelke.com and on Twitter @lianneoelke.
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