A Touch of Jen Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A young couple's toxic Instagram crush spins out of control and unleashes a sinister creature in this twisted, viciously funny, "bananas good" debut. (Carmen Maria Machado)
"Um, holy shit.... This novel will be the most fun you'll have this summer." (Emily Temple, Literary Hub)
Remy and Alicia, a couple of insecure service workers, are not particularly happy together. But they are bound by a shared obsession with Jen, a beautiful former coworker of Remy’s who now seems to be following her bliss as a globe-trotting jewelry designer. 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.
Imagine their confused excitement when they run into Jen, in the flesh, and she invites them on a surfing trip to the Hamptons with her wealthy boyfriend and their group. Once there, Remy and Alicia try (a little too hard) to fit into Jen’s exalted social circle, but violent desire and class resentment bubble beneath the surface of this beachside paradise, threatening to erupt. As small disturbances escalate into outright horror, we find ourselves tumbling with Remy and Alicia into an uncanny alternate reality, one shaped by their most unspeakable, deviant, and intoxicating fantasies. Is this what “self-actualization” looks like?
Part millennial social comedy, part psychedelic horror, and all wildly entertaining, A Touch of Jen is a sly, unflinching examination of the hidden drives that lurk just outside the frame of our carefully curated selves.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 44 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 13, 2021|
|Publisher||Little, Brown & Company|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #105,992 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#141 in Dark Humor Literature & Fiction
#303 in Satirical Literature & Fiction
#853 in Dark Humor
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
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Remy and Alicia, a couple of insecure service workers, are not particularly happy together—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. In and outside the bedroom, and Alicia’s entire relationship revolves around fantasies of Jen. When they run into Jen, in the flesh, she invites them on a surfing trip to the Hampton’s with her wealthy boyfriend and their group. Once there, Remy and Alicia try to fit into Jen’s social circle, but violent desire and class resentment bubble beneath the surface, threatening to erupt. As disturbances escalate into horror, Remy and Alicia tumble into an uncanny alternate reality, one shaped by their deviant, intoxicating fantasies.
Okay, this book is so wild! The story follows couple Remy and Alicia who become obsessed with a girl named Jen. They follow her every move and when they are invited on a surfing trip by Jen, they attend. What follows is a deepening obsession and the changing of their realities. This book is so hard to describe as it is a blend of so many genres! It really took me by surprise and at points I had no idea where the story was going to go next. You definitely need to keep an open mind if you decide to read this! Overall, the plot worked for me because it was so out there, weird, and it didn’t try to be super “realistic” but it did have a lot to say about some real topics. I am definitely looking forward to reading other people’s reviews about this, and seeing what they made of it.