by Lianne Oelke


About the Book:


Author: Lianne Oelke

Pub. Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: Clarion Books

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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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.

There are two types of songs: the type that quickly becomes annoying, and the type that gets better with each play. For me, every song on my dream pop playlist is the latter. I listen to these low key, gut-wrenching, and dreamy songs over and over because they are THAT GOOD. Perfect for studying, tuning out obnoxious roommates, or long introspective walks at night.

Was There Nothing by Ásgeir (If you only listen to one of these songs, listen to this one. It’s so beautiful it hurts.)
A Simple Beautiful Truth by Wild Beasts
Her Ghost by Woman’s Hour
Foreground by Grizzly Bear
Illuminate by The Kite String Tangle & Dustin Tebbutt
Retrograde by James Blake
Spanish Sahara by Foals
Midnight by Coldplay
Sister by Andrew Belle
I’ve Got Your Fire by Jenn Grant
We Were Here by Boy
St. Peter’s Cathedral by Death Cab For Cutie
Breathe In by Low Roar
The Way We Look At Horses by Trent Dabbs
In The Morning by Fields
Varúð by Sigur Rós
Broken by Patrick Watson

Lianne lives in Vancouver, BC. A mere three years of working in the film industry has left her far more jaded, bitter, and misanthropic than she could have dreamed possible. Having worked on one too many made-for-TV movies featuring the mild romantic antics of generically attractive white people, she’s taken it upon herself to push back with some pretty substandard stories of her own.

Besides books, her three great passions in life are cats, craft beer, and camping. When she’s not working, Lianne likes to take off, eh in her ‘83 camper van. She maintains a steady hate/ love relationship with hiking, but is always up for exploring British Columbia- whatever it takes to find a nice spot to set up her hammock. Her hammock is her favorite place in the world.

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