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"Jane Sinner snarked her way into my heart, and she's never leaving. Prepare to fall hard for this hilarious, heartfelt gem of a book."--Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

It's Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen's attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. 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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : CLARION BOOKS, 2017
ISBN: 9781328828842 (electronic bk.)
1328828840 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC OELKE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Dec 22, 2018

I feel like the premise for this book is most teenagers dream. Not even 18, and moving out to live on her own? Of course, it's a little more complicated than that for Jane. She hasn't only moved out, she's also joined a reality tv show. It starts out as a fun and entertaining read, but grows into something more as I began to care about Jane and the characters around her.

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.

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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