Book Review of Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Jane Sinner left her high school before graduating, and after a few months of doing nothing other than watching reality tv shows and working part time, she enrolls in a program at her local community college to get enough credits to officially graduate.

Ready for a change, she joins a low budget community college production of a reality tv show slightly like Big Brother, except real life still goes on outside of the house, AND they watch the episodes as they are out together.

The book is highly readable as it is written in the style of a journal. The dialogues are also written like movie script dialogues

The main issue I have with this book is that the stigma of a suicide attempt is what led Jane to stop going to her high school in the first place. Told from Jane’s perspective, people treated her horribly after the attempt, and when people find out about it later, this is also very heavily stigmatized. Unfortunately, the stigma is never called out by anyone involved in this book which made me quite sad because otherwise, it is a really great book.