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A Touch of Jen

A Touch of Jen

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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. It’s especially cringey because the main characters lack self-awareness while sort of also being hyper self-aware. We begin to see the disparity between Jen’s social media presence and her actual self unravel, as her actions reveal her as much more humanly flawed than her tailored posts convey. 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.

Alicia says that maybe she should print out a photo of Jen’s face and tape it over her own while they have sex,” begins the novel (page 5). Content warnings for some rather brutal violence, death and funerals, alcohol use (and probably abuse), references to terminal illness.Throughout the book, we see how Remy is constantly analyzing others’ ulterior motives and attempting to discern the truth beneath others’ words and actions. 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. I really thot Remy was losing his mind and we were gonna get a nice wrapped up ending of what was really going on. To me, I felt that the inclusion of these elements were necessary–as social media has become such a normal and ingrained aspect of our lives that it feels almost essential to incorporate–and quite fun to play around with.

Remy doesn’t bother hiding his desire for Jen or his disdain for everyone else, his girlfriend included. In the first part: we’re introduced not so lovely but absolutely “are you for real kind” of agitating characters: Remy and Alice: looking like boring couple in their thirties, service workers and only thing connects them their obsession to Remy’s former colleague Jen who pursues her dream as jewelry designer. This is the moment they’ve been waiting for, the opportunity to finally see their coveted Jen in the flesh. But some of it is woven in very naturally through this self-help book that gets passed between the characters and referenced more and more.These pages and Beth Morgan’s creative writing are full of surprises and breaks the mold of a traditional story. It’s starts off with Alicia and Remy cyber stalking a former coworker of Remy’s, Jen, who they incorporate into their sex life. By rejecting non-essential cookies, Reddit may still use certain cookies to ensure the proper functionality of our platform.

If the existence of this creature weren’t corroborated by Carla’s witnessing, I would assert that the FMTA (Fully Manifested Toxic Antagonist) was merely a projection of Remy’s mind in his deteriorating sanity and mental breakdown. 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. Happiness doesn’t occur from copying someone else’s advice or as A Touch of Jen proves, copying someone else’s persona entirely. 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. I’m not that smart of a girl so I’m simply going to say this obviously had some page turnability, but it failed to live up to my own expectations regarding the payoff.I have spent some time bemoaning how little What The Actual Fuck fiction there is written by women out there, but I just read two in a row (the other was the very different but also delightful NIGHTBITCH by Rachel Yoder) and I couldn't be happier. Effortlessly beautiful and naturally enviable, her Instagram page is a compilation of her life’s perfection and her journey to being her best self. 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. Reading A Touch of Jen was one narrative left turn after another一as soon as I got in a groove of where the plot was going, Morgan shifted lanes to a different reality entirely.



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