Hey, Night Owls! Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke is about a girl named Jane Sinner. During her senior year Jane suffered a personal crisis and was expelled from her high school. Now she is going to a community college to get some credits she needs in order to get her diploma. She also stars on a Big Brother type reality show called House of Orange. 5/5 stars for this debut because it was excellent.
Jane Sinner lives with her very religious parents and sister, until she decides to go to community college. She’ll go on the condition that she can move out of her parent’s house. She decides to be a psychology student so she enrolls herself in Psychology 101. On her first day on campus, Jane is handed a flyer about a reality show called House of Orange, a film student’s project. She decides to compete because the grand prize is a used car and her love for reality shows. She competes against 5 other people on the show. Then the show goes from being a film student’s project to becoming a local TV show and prizes just get bigger.
Suicide and depression are mentioned throughout the book, but I they aren’t the sole focus. Trigger warning for suicide and depression. Since, Jane is taking Psych 101 there is psychology related content. If you are interested in psychology but aren’t interesting in taking a class this is a good book to introduce you to the subject.
The book is written in a journal format so it was a pretty quick read. The thing I enjoyed the most with this book was the humor. Jane has a very sarcastic sense of humor. If you like April Ludgate’s sense of humor you’ll love this book. Oelke’s debut was amazing! I highly suggest picking up this book if you have a chance because you will fall in love with the characters and the writing. As far as I know there isn’t going to a sequel, but if there will be one I will read it. Happy Reading!