Nice Try, Jane Sinner Book Review

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Number of pages: 432

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 3

I’m kind of struggling to write this review. On the one hand I’m sort of disappointed, and on the other hand I didn’t have enough stake in loving Nice Try, Jane Sinner to really care.

I went in to Nice Try, Jane Sinner after months of going back and forth on whether or not to buy it expecting a book about transitioning into college/ university with a slight mental health aspect, and it fell flat for me. I read this as someone who had just finished their first year of university, so I was looking forward to seeing a character who was going through the same stuff I went through. Except there wasn’t enough of it. There is so much I went through during this past school year. From missing home, to suddenly balancing 5 super heavy classes and trying to keep my mental illnesses at bay enough to minimally function, to learning that while I may know how to do laundry, make food, and recycle, I actually have no idea what I’m doing in so many areas, to dealing with a ton of loneliness, to really realizing that I am not as smart as high school told me I was, and so much more. And Jane did go through some of that to an extent, but just not enough for me to find it relatable.

On the slight mental health aspect I was expecting, don’t go into this expecting anything. Jane isn’t exactly great at sharing her feelings. I’m pretty sure it makes up one of the journal entries, and then that’s it.

This book is told mostly through journal entries written by Jane, so that means she gets to play unreliable narrator and share (and not share) what she wants. I think there might have even been a part where a conversation references an event I’m not sure was even mentioned (but this may have just been my fault for not paying enough attention).

On the topic of this book being told through journal entries, there are no chapters. This both made the book faster to read, and frustrated me because I like to stop reading at the end of chapters. If not having chapters is going to bother you, you have been warned.

I know I said this isn’t a mental health novel, but I was still looking for that cynical, dry humour that mental health books normally feature, and I was disappointed. Like I laughed at a handful of things, but Nice Try, Jane Sinner wasn’t nearly as funny as I expected in to be.

I did like that this book was set in Alberta. I’ve never been there and so many YA books set in Canada are set in my province (Ontario), so it was nice to see another province represented.

Overall, Nice Try, Jane Sinner fell flat for me, but it isn’t a bad book. It has therefore earned 3 stars out of 5.

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