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Jane Paperback – September 5, 2011
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In my experience there are four kinds of books. There is the kind that takes forever to read because it is so boring you have to force yourself to get through it, the kind that takes forever to read because you read it slowly, savoring it and stopping to think about a particularly poignant passage you just read, the kind that you read quickly because you simply cannot put it down, and then finally, the book you quickly read, like gulping down cough medicine, because you paid good money for this book, plus shipping and handling, but you just want to get it over with.
"Jane Eyre" is one of my all-time favorite books, but I was fully prepared to fall equally in love in a modern interpretation, curious as to how a story with such "Victorian" sensibilities could be translated for a new and modern audience. Spoiler: it doesn't translate.
If you're going to make Jane a "modern girl" who isn't religious, has sex before marriage, has no problem being completely independent, why would you have her accept a marriage proposal from a man she hasn't even "dated"? The idea of a 19 year old girl marrying a man she hasn't been in an intimate relationship with for more then a night is ridiculous. What is her motivation to get married? What is his? Instead of "interpreting" the story for a modern audience the author simply changed names, and locations. (Bianca Ingram? Stupid, but not nearly as terrible a name as Nico Rathburn.)
And then there is the offensive and ignorant depiction of a person with schizophrenia.Read more ›
I thought the recasting of Mr. Rochester as a rock star was a stroke of genius. I mean who else can convey the moodiness of a current character better than a rock star. There is no questioning why Nico Rathburn is almost bipolar than to make him a musical artist. Jane comes off vulnerable, yet still strong and develops in a way that she does become Nico's true love. She doesn't fall into the trap of Rock Star Groupie, but becomes something more. There are elements of drug abuse and sexual relations so this one is best suited for older teens. Another rock star romance that I can really recommend!
This book would have been much better off if the author had abandoned the notion of basing this on Jane Eyre at all. But even taken on its own merits as a young adult novel, much of it really doesn't even make that much sense. There's just absolutely no way a girl with so little experience and interest in children would ever be entrusted to be the nanny of someone in Nico Rathburne's position, and no convincing reason (being that this is modern times) why he should not have been able to divorce his wife. And do most girls tend to ask their new employers whether he's been tested for sexually transmitted diseases? The relationship between Jane and Nico never felt genuine or loving or real, and really, very few of the characters have any life of their own either. Poor little Maddy, the whole reason why they come together in the first place, is relegated to merely a plot device, as are the other servants, the band members, Jane's siblings, etc. Nico's rock star status seems especially random and doesn't contribute to the story in any meaningful way, except as the realization of some sort of adolescent fantasy.
Jane herself is also a puzzle.Read more ›
Jane drops out of college because of financial woes after the death of her parents. Her quest for employment brings her to a nanny agency. She is quickly placed as the nanny for Maddy. Maddy just happens to be the daughter of a famous rockstar who is in the midst of planning a comeback tour. Jane's the sensible kind of girl who doesn't crave celeb gossip, and the agency is confidant she won't become starstruck and have it effect her job. Jane finds herself drawn to famous Nico much to her dismay, and Nico seems to relish in Jane's straightforward attitude. After years of being told what he wants to hear it is almost as if he is grateful for her honesty. Can quiet, conservative Jane actually live the life of a rockstar's girlfriend? Will the secrets Nico is keeping tear them apart?
I adored this book. Jane is truly an endearing character. I love that she wasn't the picture of physical perfection. Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I get tired of reading about main characters staring in a mirror thinking how gorgeous they are. I admired her values. You can't not like Jane. I dare you to try ;) Nico didn't win me over immediately, but as his relationship with Jane blossomed I found my first impression changing. He had that damaged, but redeemable hero thing going on that I kind of dig. The romance between Jane and Nico was well paced. It was a case of opposites attracting, but they complimented each other so perfectly. The mystery was a nice little twist. While I found it predictable I don't feel the predictability took away from the story. Jane's struggles and growth is what this book is all about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book. i rarely re-read books but ive read this one 3 times now. its a quick read but you'll get hooked. a modern spin of an old tale. i loved it!Published 9 months ago by AllisonV
There's is no better romance than books like these, the ones that have real life scenarios in them that can happen with Jane being a nanny who just happens to be hired by a famous... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ariel Key
I read this a couple years ago and wasn't able to put the book down the whole time I had borrowed it from the library. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna
This is probably going to send my high school English teachers into convulsions, but I actually liked April Lindner’s Jane more than Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angela's Library
Jane is a modern day spin on the classic Jane Eyre novel. Jane’s lost everything her parents has passed away leaving her poor without a way to pay for school, she’s never been... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mandy
This was a good modern day retelling of a classic story. I thought that it really captured the personality of Jane. I found the story hard to put down.Published 14 months ago by Kora87
I enjoyed reading Jane by April Lindner it did capture the essence of Jane Eyre (I have read the original Jane Eyre a couple years back before reading this) - and this is leaning... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anon