Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman, Cassandra Campbell I feel like this is cheating this book a little bit but I can't really say that I liked it.
This was... interesting. I have never seen the show so I didn't really have any expectations. However, I can be a touch judgmental about things like this. If you break the law, you go to jail. If you murder seven people, I don't care if you don't get yummy food in jail. Wah, poor you. I do realize this is a drug charge, not murder and yes there is a big difference, but whatever.
On that note, I did like the fact that Piper Kerman didn't make too many excuses. She kept pointing out that it happened ten years ago (which got a touch annoying) but did not deny that it happened or that she was a willing participant. I can respect that.
She did, however, make excuses for her fellow inmates. "All this woman did was allow them to make and sell drugs out of her apartment." (<-- Not an exact quote) Hmmm. Well, drugs ARE illegal so maybe you shouldn't be surprised if the police show up and haul you to jail.

I feel a bit like Jim Carey in Liar, Liar.


Now, there was some of this whining in the book, but only some, which I appreciated.
Mostly, this was a story of friendships made between women. I enjoyed that aspect but I would have appreciated more. For instance, does Piper Kerman still talk to these women? Does she send mail, money, etc to the women still serving their time? If not, it cheapens the reading of it for me. She managed to capitalize on her time spent with them and their stories, so why not give a little back to the women who helped make her stay bearable? Not to mention, these were supposed to be her friends. Or is it a case of "out of sight, out of mind?"
I needed an epilogue, that's all I'm saying. It ended too abruptly for my tastes.
Overall, though, not bad. Interesting is the best I can give it.