June 14, 2011

Book Review of "Jane" by April Lindner

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Title: Jane
Author: April Lindner
Classification: YA Fiction, Contemporary
Source: The library!

Overall Grade: 
Would I read it again? 
Definitely Yes!!
Would I recommend it? 
Certainly!!
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Summary (from Goodreads):

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, an iconic rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer, and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past. 

Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers. 
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My Thoughts:

Jane has all the mystery, romance, and suspense of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. It is lyrical and intense. At times desperately sad, and at times blissfully wonderful. 

What if Mr. Rochester was a rock star? A world-famous, honest to goodness rock star?

Yeah.

I absolutely loved this book. I have always loved the story of Jane Eyre, because of the decidedly different relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester, the way that Jane grows, develops, and always stands up for her beliefs.

Lindner's adaptation of Jane Eyre is absolutely exquisite. I found her story to be a great mimic of the original, but with enough originality of its own to become a new Young Adult Classic. I seriously recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of contemporary novels, romance, and stories where the smart yet plain heroine gets the rock star. :)
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Overall Grade: 
Would I read it again? 
Definitely Yes!!
Would I recommend it? 
Certainly!!

7 comments:

  1. Great review, glad you loved it! I did too - so much fun to read, and it definitely did capture the exact same creepy Gothic atmosphere that the original did!

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  2. I read this book last year and thought it was okay. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. I thought it was a good retelling of Jane Eyre. Thanks for the review. I'm glad you loved it.

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  3. Allison: I know, right?! To me, it was like the original Jane Eyre on steroids. :)

    Marcie: Thanks for being honest about your thoughts on this book! I definitely know the "meh" feeling. :)

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  4. Yay! Glad you loved this book. It's such a special read :)

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  5. I can't wait to try this book. GREAT review.

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