I kept hearing how great the Netflix series for this is, so I figured I had to give the book it was based on a try. Here is my review of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman.
I can see why it would make a good tv series. Sure most of the story is Piper’s but we get introduced to a ton of characters who all have different impacts on her experience in prison. I think this is probably the strength of the book. You get all of these characters who are all are responding to the same system in different ways.
My one complaint was that at times Piper was a bit annoying. There was a significant lag between the time of her crime and when she went to prison, so I get that she’s not the same person who committed the crime. She kept saying she was no better than any of the other prisoners, but there was an occasion feel of ‘I really shouldn’t be here’ that sometimes rubbed me the wrong way.
Overall I liked this book. It was an interesting story about something I had never really thought much about. Next time I end up subscribing to Netflix I will probably also give the tv show a try. I give it three out of five stars.