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A Touch of Jen

A Touch of Jen

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I devoured paperbacks by Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, and Cal Newport, combining all their tips and tricks to optimize my colour-coded schedule, time-blocking the most minute of tasks.

But they are bound by a shared obsession with Jen, a beautiful former co-worker of Remy’s who now seems to be following her bliss as a globe-trotting jewelry designer. We do not have that kind of relationship” Jen says to Alicia after Alicia hugs her and cheerfully thanks her for helping Remy (page 120). Carla is quite open, but would she have to insist so frequently that she has clairvoyant instincts if she was truly secure in her psychic abilities? To Remy, all of these people feel like they’re performing, and because he feels like he’s the only one who can see through the facades, he gains a sense of superiority, a justification to why he’s inexplicably excluded from their group dynamics.When we start to get to know Alicia more, we are creeped out and not sure whether to be concerned for her or to be scared of her. I sort of understood why the story took the direction it did during the last quarter but I thought it was mostly weird and a bit unnecessary. Having few others to turn to, Remy spends more time with Jake, who strives to be as supportive as he can be. It’s like every character is a funhouse mirror reflection of a human…but you want to punch every single one of those reflections in the face.

When we finally encounter real-life Jen, we see her projected persona, the self-improving, non-judgmental, Horus-would-approve version of her, which, though has its moments of flaws, is still a stylized faction of Jen. Mostly, they watch movies together and avoid their “perfectly nice roommate” Jake whom they despise passionately (page 6). Maybe I’m not smart enough or just don’t ‘get it’ but this was just weird and confusing as all get out. While at first I found Remy and Alicia to be horrible people, eventually I grew to like them slightly more, and I even came around with Remy, who by the end of the book I still disliked as a person, but by then I came to view his deadpan remarks as hilarious. Having also been inspired while on the trip to build her spod–essentially an enclosed hot tub, much like a sense deprivation chamber or dark, warm, womb-like vessel–Alicia begins bringing her idea to life, unencumbered by the pressure of perfection and constantly reassuring herself and others that this is just a prototype.

I will donate this book to the Little Free Library next month and hopefully someone will love reading it.

We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. so many WTH moments later, the story’s direction whirl around just like a car jumps off a cliff and repeat that action over and over again. But Alicia gets her way and it is this particular surfing trip which begins to pivot Remy and Alicia’s story into a new direction.

I had to laugh when Alicia, needing to learn how to pick the right drill bit for a project, tries to watch a YouTube video to learn how. The premise is so good and it starts out so well that it’s all the more disappointing when it devolves into what it eventually becomes.

The bravery of Beth Morgan, to take this story to the places she did, reminds me of where Flannery O'Connor took Wise Blood or more recently, where Hari Kunzru took White Tears. It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content. It's almost as if the author got bored of their own work, and decided to completely change the story arc. In and outside the bedroom, Remy and Alicia's entire relationship revolves around fantasies of Jen, whose every Instagram caption, outfit, and New Age mantra they know by heart.The book starts out about this harmless (or so it seems) obsession with an Instagrammer who seems just a little too perfect, and morphs into a wild, weird, disjointed and humorous (really! By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising. Alicia begins transforming into Jen through her clothing (such as a stolen sweater from Jen), mannerisms (acting self-confident and blunt), and speech (repeating word-for-word phrases Jen has said to her), altering her social life to align closer to what she knows of Jen. The toxic relationship and vulnerability of Alicia and Remy is especially painful to read, and that’s without factoring in their obsession with Jen. To me, though, this book was quite clear from page one that it was really effing weird and was going to lean into that hard even though there was little actual evidence of it on the page.



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