Jana Goes Wild

Hachette Audio. May 2023. 11:38 hrs. ISBN 9781668630143. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Five years ago, Jana met Anil, the perfect man. Then she learned he was still married and that she was pregnant. Since then, outside of a co-parenting app, they’ve barely spoken a word. When their best friends get married, the forced proximity leads Jana and Anil to consider their relationship, their desires, and their unsettled anxiety from years before. Soneela Nankani’s outstanding narration captures Jana’s character development as she learns to release shame and accept herself and her unique family. Nankani channels Jana’s range of emotions—embarrassment, frustration, and joy—as she slowly falls in love again with Anil. She ably switches between characters, pulling listeners into deep conversations that are constantly interrupted by dozens of people at the wedding. The audio enhances themes of communication and miscommunication with the inclusion of typing and clicking sounds as the characters text back and forth; this device brings out Jana’s acute anxiety as she anxiously awaits the buzz of an incoming response.
VERDICT Heron’s (Kamila Knows Best) hilarious yet introspective second-chance romance is perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert. Listeners will be charmed by its slow-burn relationship and enchanting happily-ever-after.
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