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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,069 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Fern Michaels is indisputably one of today's foremost writers of women's contemporary fiction, cherished by readers everywhere for her tales of family and friendship, love and triumph. Now, she delivers the story of a former "plain Jane" who finds her future colliding with her past when she's offered the chance to become a truly extraordinary woman. . .if she dares.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Kensington (first published 2001)
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Jane Stewart
4.5 stars for Trixie and the dogs. 3 stars for the Jane story which was most of the book, and it was enjoyable.

Jane is a successful psychiatrist with a radio talk show. She is trim and attractive now, but in her youth she was overweight and undesirable to the guys. When in college, she and Connie were attacked one night while walking home. Three men raped Connie while two men held Jane down. Afterwards Connie made Jane promise to keep this a secret because Connie was getting married...more
I'm discovering that I definitely like a plucky heroine. Give me Kinsey Milhone, Cree Black, Anna Pigeon, Stephanie Plumb, even the sometimes-anxious Kate Scarpetta. They are strong women and I enjoy their adventures. Plain Jane had a lot going for it. It's a combination mystery, tragicomedy, love story, ghost story, dog story and more. But I found the whiny, insecure heroine to be annoying. I felt the same way about Eat, Pray, Love - so many good elements but if our heroine bursts into tears on...more
Sherrill Watson
Dr. Jane Lewis is a psychotherapist who is still running from when she refused to take Connie Bryan to the hospital to be checked out after her rape in college. Jane was "too fat," and a "tub of lard, a beached whale" herself. So she lost weight and got her degree, but was traumatized by Connie's suicide. However, she ends her radio show with "The three R's, respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for your actions."

Billy Jenson, and Jeeter, both ghosts, tell her just enough to be ta...more
Ugh. Fern Michaels is sap queen. One part between two people basically goes like: "I love you. I've been dreaming about having kids with you." "Really? Me too! I love you, too!"

Blegh. And the tension about the central point of the plot-- good idea, just way too melodramatic in the conclusion. I like my denouments to be believable.
We were really enjoying this on the cd player but when we got about 3/4 of the way through it, Jane turned into a stupid twit and I was just yelling at the radio for her to knock it off. I can't even begin to think why she became to stupid. She was just annoying so don't read this one,
I hear Fern Michaels is a well-liked author. This is the first book I've read of hers, and to be honest, it was terrible. The main character, Jane, was whiny, manipulative, and moody to the point where she was hurting herself and others. I have no idea why Mike liked her so much. The story lines were numerous and most were too far-fetched to be believable. Add in ghosts and the whole thing gets weirder. Too much going on, not enough character development, and non-plausible plot lines with inexpl...more
Could not finish the book. As soon as a ghost came into the picture I was uninterested.
Contemporary first romance when Psychotherapist Dr. Jane Lewis 'Plain Jane', talk radio DJ in her home town in Louisiana who had been a witness to a horrible gang rape on her last day of college before she left for medical school that was never solved when the girl suicide instead of going to the authorities. Jane has never had a serious relationship because she was overweight when she was younger although she does have a successful (professional) life. She does have Olive, a sweet dog companion...more
I've only read two other books by Fern Michaels. The first one, LATE BLOOMER, I loved. So much that I read it in one day, and then immediately looked up Ms. Michaels' back list and added all of her books to my wish list. Next I read FINDERS KEEPERS, and I liked it for the most part, but I didn't love it the way I loved LATE BLOOMER.

I still had high hopes for this third book, but they were dashed pretty quick. The prologue moved quickly, as Jane and Connie are walking from the library to their d...more
MG Camacho
To be honest, for years, my mom has Fern Michaels in her bookshelf until she decided to donate her beloved copies to charity. I don’t know why I didn’t read her then but now, after having read Plain Jane, I’d say it’s a great, intriguing, and hard-to-put-down book – one that I very much enjoyed reading – because her style is a combination of two among a dozen of my favorite authors namely Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon.

It’s not too dramatic but at some point, it did brought tears to my eyes a...more
Deborah Vespo
I've read this book before and have decided to revisit it as it has been awhile. I liked the book but at the same time found myself not liking Jane's character so much. She's a psychologist who is dealing with some past hurt over her mother and her lack of love and unkindness to her. She also was witness to a horrific rape of a young woman in college who had committed suicide a few days later. When a client comes on board who is there because he's having difficulty accepting the rape of his wife...more
Arlene Starr
I think the title “Plain Jane” is misleading and doesn't do justice to the book but I can see why is was chosen. It is a fast paced, suspense filled book, and hard to put down until you have finished. It begins with a crime being committed, and jumps ahead a few years to how the crime is eventually solved. It involves a female, Dr. Jane Lewis, who has a psychiatric practice and host a radio talk show. Events occur which drive her to want to solve the crime that she had witnessed while she was at...more
Carol  MacInnis
This is Fern Michaels at her best.

'Plain Jane' is Dr. Jane Lewis, Psychiatrist. Back in college, Jane was at the library studying for her final exam, when Connie Bryan, (Homecoming Queen) approached her and asked if she would mind walking back to compus with her as it was dark out. Envious of Connie, with her extremely good looks and lovely figure, Jane felt even more plain and overweight than ever. When approaching the campus there were several guys on their path and they approached Jane and he...more
Julie Barrett
Plain Jane by Fern Michaels
Jane and Connie are on their way back to the dorms when several men pull them off into the bushes and Connie is raped. She's the head cheerleader and most popular and is to be wed to the football hero. They didn't want Jane she's overweight and ugly the men say.
What happens next you can never imagine. Many years later Jane is now a psychiatrist and not only has a practice but a radio call in show where she talks others through their problems. She's had enough of the ca...more
Plain Jane By: Fern Michaels

The story is told in the author’s narrative and the dialogues of the characters. This book is about a psychiatrist named Jane Lewis. This book starts off with a prologue of a flashback telling us who Jane was back then when she was still in college; “plain”. There was nothing special about her looks, which is probably why she is ignored most of the time. One day she was studying in the library and when she was just about to leave a girl named Connie Bryan approached h...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
"A fantasy of every awkward, spotty, nerdy young woman who dreams of one day becoming a beautiful swan. Jane Lewis's life is perfect. Isn't it? No longer the overweight, frumpy, painfully shy girl she once was, Jane has it made with a thriving psychiatric practice, a popular radio call-in show, and now the attentions of the hottest boy in high school who has since grown into one seriously seductive man. So what's wrong? Jane is haunted, unable to forget one horrific night in college when she was...more
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Kim L.
I did not like this as much as some of Fern Michael's other novels. It was entertaining but her writing style felt too hokey.
Oct 18, 2014 Tara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: awful
not good, weak undeveloped characters who do and think stupid things. I got more than halfway and gave up on it.
Tracy L.
This was an awesome book. Even though the main character believes she is plain, she's a special lady. She has a heart of gold, and those that know her well, know she's a wonderful person. In reading this, it makes you wonder why we as a society feel it is so important to be beautiful, have a hourglass figure, and money. Yes, money makes living life easier. Beng beautiful and having ahourglass figure makes others the envy of you, but is that more important than the beauty inside each and every on...more
Tammy Klain
Fern Michaels is one of my favorite summer reading authors. My newest read was Plain Jane.The characters are very well written, which draws the reader in, and you can't help but become immediately emotionally involved with them and the story.

Jane Lewis grew up to be a strong independent woman who is still haunted by an unsolved death in her past. To be free of the past, she must resolve it. Jane and Mike are perfectly matched old friends that fall in love. Secondary characters Trixie and Fred a...more
"Forever and ever. And then some."
Deena Santori
I read it to the bitter end. Some plot that kept me going, but I rolled my eyes a lot during the reading. I should have stopped at the first ghost sighting.
It was om.
Some good moments and interesting story (just about the only type of mystery/rape case I can handle - the watered down kind).
It seemed to drag at points, although everything was necessary.
More than just a romance novel. Jane witnessed the gang rape of the most beautiful girl on campus, who ultimately commits suicide. Many years later, now a successful psychiatrist, Jane's memories of the event haunt her until she confronts the men who raped her friend. Jane is portrayed as a strong woman, but she spends too much time in tears in this book to be believable. A complex novel with many subplots -- not all of which seem necessary.
I'm discovering that I definitely like a plucky heroine. Give me Kinsey Milhone, Anna Pigeon, even the sometimes-anxious Kate Scarpetta. They are strong women and I enjoy their adventures. Plain Jane had a lot going for it. It's a combination mystery, tragicomedy, love story, ghost story, dog story and more. But I found the whiny, insecure heroine to be annoying. Jane Lewis is, astonishingly, a psychiatrist.
Lucy Bilik
Always loved books psychology love tales. This one has portrayed very strong characters, human weaknesses, human emotion and great love story. I could not put it down not knowing how it will turn out, I was expecting that Michael somehow might have been also involved in fatefull night plot because of the way he acted. Gutsy book - great read, reminds me why I fell in love with this reader!
Cas H.
Plain Jane is about this girl who becomes a psychiatrist because of her friends rape, she feels that she can help people, the way she could not help her friend deal with the pain. I liked this book, this book had a interesting plot along with a ghost who haunted Jane's house. This book was entertaining and even though it dragged in parts, it picked right back up, a few pages later.
If I could give this story 10 stars I would!
In college Jane Lewis is overweight, frumpy and painfully shy.
Now, she's a successful psychotherapist, and radio talk show star.
When the present suddenly collides with the past, Jane risks her
life to solve the mystery of the death of her friend in college.
EXCEPTIONAL... I've read this story many many times.
Jane isn't the sharpest point on the pencil either. What an arrogant group of people!
It's Dr and Dr not Dr and Mrs. Jane has her titles, too.
Awful portrayal of an older couple.
Silly ghost plot line.
Poor portrayal of the women who were raped. I think that they would have more mental toughness than what was shone.
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