In 2020 I have definitely embraced the buddy read. I had already requested this on Netgalley after the synopsis grabbed my attention: A disturbing portrait of a modern American family…exposing secrets within…from beneath the plastic surfaces of their new “smart” home. Love Orange charts the gentle absurdities of their lives and the devastating consequences of casual choices.
Then, I got an email saying the publisher was running a buddy read. I have loved every minute of it. For the past 3 Monday nights I have spent an hour chatting to like minded bookworms about this book on twitter. Tonight is the fourth and final night. I think it actually increased my enjoyment of the book. We’d read a set number of chapters each week and then discuss. It was great to get different views and observations. It was like being part of a book club, which in these odd times, was great to connect with people over a new book. I want to thank Riverrun Books for organising this. And would love if this became the norm, as it was so much fun. I can’t wait to hear what everyone’s final thoughts will be on this book. But here’s mine.
Thank you to the author Natasha Randall, publishers Riverrun Books and Quercus and Netgalley for an arc of this debut book.
Meet The Tinkley’s. Jenny and Hank with their smart house filled with technology, look like they’ve got it all. But scratch beneath the surface and you see that not all is as it seems. With Hank obsessing over his Viking heritage, Jenny secretly writing to an imprisoned convict named John and two sons, one in therapy and one surfing the dark web, things are most definitely dsyfunctional.
A book that also highlights the danger and dependence on technology. Written before lockdown, but eerily predicting what the near future may hold. Have a confession to make at church? Just text it into the God Phone.
The Tinkley family are put under the microscope in this unpredictable, modern look at gender roles. A Stepford Wives for the millennium generation. Hank is annoyingly chauvinistic, but because he does breathing exercises and yoga, thinks that he’s in touch with his softer side. And we see Jenny slowly unravel as she loses control and becomes dependent on the orange flavour paper John sends her. Sharp and witty. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And was Team Jenny all the way (especially after you find out how they met) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Out now #loveorange 🧡🍊
“She had once asked Hank, ‘Is there anything hard about being a man?’ She knew it was an odd question so she explained herself. ‘I mean, I can tell you what’s hard about being a woman… there are body issues, age issues, the periods, childbirth, the problem of being taken seriously, glass ceilings – you know that sort of thing. But, I’m just thinking, what about for men?'”