Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

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Jane Sinner, a 17-year-old dropout, sets out to redefine herself through a series of schemes and stunts, including participating in a low-budget reality TV show at her local community college.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780544867857
0544867858
Branch Call Number: YF OELKE
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 22 cm

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Cynthia_N May 03, 2018

Unique YA title. Jane is going to be completing her high school classes at her local community college. She is not yet 18 but she doesn't want to live at home. She finds out that a student at the college is creating a reality tv show (House of Orange) and if she is accepted as a member, she has to live at the house. I really enjoyed the reality tv show aspect of it!

OPL_KrisC Mar 30, 2018

As a fan of reality TV for better or worse, I was excited to read "Nice Try, Jane Sinner" by Lianne Oelke. Jane Sinner is so sarcastic that I found her quite funny and I enjoyed the Big Brother-like reality TV show that she takes a part in. Once I started reading and learning more about Jane as a character/person, I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to figure out what this big "Event" was that caused her to get kicked out of high school and I wanted to see whether or not Jane actually wins the reality competition.

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Jan 11, 2018

A big thanks to Clarion and Edelweiss for an ARC of this title. I did find the reality part of the plot to be fascinating and seeing the challenges and inside life of the house along with Jane's snarky commentary was quite entertaining. She played some really great pranks on the rest of the residents, too. Being a rule-follower myself, I must live vicariously through characters like Jane.

While this book does mention God quite frequently and the title of the book is a clear reference to the state of fallen man, I never see the God in John 3:16 and the Son is not even mentioned except in an expletive. I also found the language to be more graphic than my comfort level. For older teens, for sure.

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OPL_KrisC Mar 31, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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