Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.

But that past has caught up with her.

Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. –


I think I have mentioned before that my cousin and I tend to share books. This one was one of hers that I picked up late 2015 when I was powering through eBooks. I think I read so many that I’ve made myself sick of them for the time being, though it can’t be too bad since I’m saving up for a Kindle.

I read Orange is the New Black just before I started watching it on Netflix. I’d already seen a lot of posts about it on Tumblr and knew that it was a lot of people’s favourite show so I was pretty confident that I would enjoy it.

The book was a pretty good read (the show definitely differs from it quite drastically in parts but that makes sense since it wouldn’t have been longer than a season at most if it didn’t).

The characters, or people I suppose, were quite interesting and Piper’s experiences never failed to entertain. I did find this one hard to get through towards the end because I started to lose interest. I’m not sure whether that was just me or the novel itself, though.

All in all it was a pretty interesting insight into one person’s prison experience but it’s not a book I would reread.


  • Interesting, insightful


  • Didn’t hold my interest

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