While there are mentions of punishments and happens, the author never actually tells any alarming stories. Some of the characters she starts to develop, but never really are fully developed. Some of the narrative makes me so tired of the authors whining I want to slap her. Her biggest worry about being in federal prison is how to get people on her visit list.
The existing characters need more development and she mentions friends (almost as an acknowledgement), but their relation to the story (other than a visit) is not relevant.
The only redeeming value of this book is to highlight why nonviolent offenders should not be sent to prison and the illogical rationale for sending some of these individuals to prison. Unfortunately, this book is too full of statistics that are pulled to support the story line. You would think that would be good, but the reason is so clearly to fill in the story that it takes away from the narrative. Awful.
She did some stupid stuff, she should not have gone to prison. But her real crime is writing this horrible book.
Prisoners may enjoy this book.
The narration was good.
The only redeeming quality is that writter found some remorse from her actions. She never fully expressed the damage and turmoil her actions caused others, let alone the cost to American taxpayers.
It was difficult to warm up to this book. With 25+ characters lacking adequate personality or background, the only person one could relate to was Piper Kerman. Although she testifies of her miserable experiences in prison, it sounds more like CLUBFED to me.
I liked this book.
It is autobiographical, therefore the plot doesn't have the same flow as fiction. There is no rise and fall of Protagonists vs. Antagonists. No 'all is lost' moment at the end of Act II and then a 'hero conquers all' third Act.
It is simply a narrative - with less drama - told in the first person, of one person's struggle to retain normality and sanity in ridiculously curious circumstances.
To me it was a cross between a documentary and a diary. It has all the personal hallmarks of a secret diary. An internal dialogue, thoughts, feelings. It also had the descriptive elements of a documentary.
I really enjoyed the Netflix TV series. I enjoyed this maybe a little less - it has less drama. But it was truly eye-opening.
The story is very interesting, the background of how she ended up in prison. I felt that where there should have been more story it just stopped and started something else, some what disjointed
Remember that a terrific movie (and a legendary TV show) emerged from a mediocre series of comic novels about doctors in Korea, and accept the fact that Piper Kerman is not as good a writer as the folks who turned her story into a dazzling Netflix series. With that point in mind, you may enjoy hearing a very different set of stories in this autobiographical text.
Ms. Kerman doesn't have strong narrative skill and evidently got little editing. As a result, stories are sprinkled around with little continuity or development, and characters jump up and down in a fairly random order. One example is the way the incarceration of Martha Stewart is handled - it is foreshadowed and anticipated, only to fall flat when the TV homemaker manages to be assigned a "nicer" place to stay.
Cassandra Campbell tries to keep the players straight with a few accents, but they are not specific enough and become as much an intrusion as a help; her long stretches in a normal voice are easier to take.
The best story is not here or on TV - Ms. Kerman now works in public relations on prison reform issues; a true tale of prison rehabilitation.
And if you do like the book - wait 'til you see the series!
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This book was pretty boring throughout. Nothing like the series as many other reviewers have pointed out. Piper's self centered style is dry and matter of fact. I found it hard to make it all the way to the end of this book; I kept loosing focus. Not so good.
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This is the story of a thirty year old woman who is serving fifteen months in prison for a decade old crime transporting drug money for a friend. She transported the money one time but because of US mandated laws on drug trafficking she had to serve the time.
This story was way to nice to be a prison story. If I am reading a prison story it needs shanks, fights and drama. This was like summer camp with a lot of heavy rules or like living in a college dorm with less freedom. There was no drama whatsoever! I was very disappointed!
I wasn't aware this was a TV series until after I finished this book. I selected this book due to all the positive reviews from previous readers. After reading it I cannot get over why there are so many positive reviews. I am thinking maybe the TV series influenced some of them. I'm sure the screenwriters probably did a lot for this story for the series to have such high ratings, to bad they weren't around for the writing of the book.
P.s... I write reviews to help others find good books. Why waste your time and money on bad books? If my reviews help you please click the "helpful" button, sometimes I think I am wasting my time and efforts with this. Thank you!
An inside look at how a little rich girl can ruin people’s lives and still think it's a terrible thing to happen to HER. I mean REALLY? She's going to rant and rave about the government, the court system, the prison system and how unfair they treated her after TRAFFICKING DRUGS? Whine, make excuses, whine some more and make yourself the hero while you’re doing it. I felt like I was reading a Sixth Grade'r English assignment on narcissism
First off, the book is quite a bit different from the Netflix show. It is much less sexual and less comedic (although there are funny bits).
It was well written and engaging and it was a worthwhile inside look at life in a Federal women's prison.
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I have mixed feelings about the author, but the book held my interest all the way through and the narration was very well done. Thus, I gave it 4 stars over all.
Lucky for me, I have not yet watched the Netflix TV show by the same name, so I have nothing with which to compare this audiobook or to disappoint me. Besides, TV and movies often "enhance" a book's content to such an extent that it is difficult to compare them in the best of circumstances.
Some of the things that bothered me are the following. Piper always came across as the spoiled, advantaged, pretty girl. She began whining about the prison conditions from day one, when she missed her fiance and her friends unbearably. For cripes sake, she wasn't even there for 24 hours! And after all, her crimes were only committed to satisfy a need for cheap thrills. Incongruent with her frequent indignance about the unfair treatment and unpleasant conditions in prison were the descriptions of all the fun she had--making cheesecake, having pedis, visiting the lake, making new friends. Even more puzzling was her constant need to pat herself on the back--for making so many friends, having so many visitors, being so well-loved by just about everyone.
On the other hand, I really did enjoy Piper's story. I was surprised and happy to learn that there was so little violence in a women's prison--is her experience really typical? And it was interesting to get an inside picture of the often mundane day-to-day existence of prison life. I just wish she had added a small bit about life after prison and some follow-ups on her prison girlfriends. Puzzling how the book ended so abruptly. It felt a bit incomplete.