If you are like me, you wait all year for the new season of Orange is the New Black to come out on Netflix. This show has become and addiction for me and my fiance. We wait impatiently all year for the new season to come out and then we binge watch it in only a couple of days. We then proceed to regret watching the whole season so quickly and wish we had paced ourselves. This past year to make the waiting game a little easier on myself I decided to pick up the memoir Orange is the New Black (yes it started as a book first) and dived into the world of Piper Chapman and prison life all over again. 

GoodReads Synopsis: 

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of 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 #1187-424  - one of the millions of people who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system. 

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced code of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. 

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman's story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison - why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they're there. 

If you are looking for a book full of drama like this book's TV show counterpart then this book isn't for you. The "Piper Chapman" of the memoir is a much calmer and less violent individual who is at peace with doing her time unlike the Piper in the TV show. Also, a major contrast from the book to the TV show is that all the names are different. I was so confused when I started reading this book and didn't seem names like Red and Vause and Sophia. However, those TV show characters are based off of people from the book they just have different names and sometimes completely different personas. 

This book definitely gives you an at peace feeling when you have finished that the TV show excludes throughout the series. My favorite books are ones that give you that feel good feeling once you completed it like this book does. I ended up rating this book a 4 out 5 rating. It could be slow at times but overall this is a wonderfully written memoir that really paints a picture of what is going on in women American prisons. 

Published by Cameo Jonas