Jayne and the Average North Dakotan | Critical Book Review

Equal parts sweet and sarcastic, Chandler Myer’s Jayne and the Average North Dakotan presents a humorous tale of self-discovery. Erica Ball shares her insights in this review of the Atmosphere Press novel.


Unveiling the Journey

Jayne and the Average North Dakotan unfolds the story of Randy, a buttoned-up accountant in his thirties, on a quest for community beyond his small town. Raised by older parents who seamlessly assimilated him into their routine, Randy decides it’s time for more. His leap into a new world introduces him to a whirlwind of drag queens, drama, drinks, and debauchery, guided by the foul-mouthed Jayne Mansfield.


The Dynamic Duo: Randy and Jayne

Jayne, Randy’s towering and exquisitely coiffed drag queen fairy godmother, challenges his quiet routine. In a mission of tough love, Jayne dismantles Randy’s carefully constructed walls, prompting questions about her mysterious motives. Despite their seemingly different worlds, the heart of the book lies in the unpredictable and spectacular relationship between Jayne and Randy.


Character Dynamics

Randy’s slow progress in self-discovery forms the core of the narrative. From unfortunate and embarrassing moments to triumphs and self-fulfillment, the book captures the complexities of growing up. Some may crave a deeper dive into Randy’s journey, but others may appreciate the realism in the portrayal of gradual change.


The Realism Factor

Myer’s narrative is highly recommended for those who relish camp, sarcasm, and a good roasting, especially within the drag scene. While the book contains scenes with sexual content and frank bodily descriptions, the author’s adept handling transforms them into moments of humor rather than cringe.


Unexpected Wisdom

Jayne and the Average North Dakotan explores the theme of seeking help from unexpected sources. It delves into the challenges of breaking out of comfort zones, examining what to hold onto and what to let go of. Ultimately, it is a cautionary tale about the complexities of fulfilling desires and the journey toward self-awareness.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Atmosphere PressGeneral Fiction / LGBTQ + / Humor332 pages978-1639887675

Equal parts sweet and sarcastic, Chandler Myer’s Jayne and the Average North Dakotan presents a humorous tale of self-discovery. Erica Ball shares her insights in this review of the Atmosphere Press novel. Unveiling the Journey Jayne and the Average North Dakotan unfolds the story of Randy, a buttoned-up accountant in his thirties, on a quest…