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Nice Try, Jane Sinner
by Lianne Oelke

Following a really hard time in her life, 17-year-old Jane Sinner has dropped out of high school and has no intention of returning, even though she’s feeling mostly better.  Her parents, however, insist that she at least get her GED, so they pester her to go to a community college and take her exam there, too.  Jane finally agrees, but not before negotiating one concession:  that she gets to move out.  Armed with a plan but low on funds for things like housing, Jane tries out for a Big Brother-like reality show being filmed in a house near the campus.  The show comes with a chance to win a new-ish car, but Jane is more interested in the chance for a new start where no one knows about her past.  After a few weeks, Jane’s plan seems to be working and her newfound fame as a local celebrity leaves a permanent smirk on her face.  But when a psychology class she’s taking forces her to deal with some issues from her past, will she discover that a reality show is nothing compared to the challenges of her real life?

 This story is an irresistible combination of snarky attitude and a lot of heart—just like Jane.

Amy P.
July 9, 2018
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