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Plain Jane

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,258 Ratings  ·  79 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
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2011 Michele rated it it was ok
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
Cary Morton
Dec 22, 2014 Cary Morton rated it liked it
This review was originally posted to Author Unpublished.

For me, Plain Jane by Fern Michaels fell into a hazy gray area of books that I sometimes like to refer to with such phrases as “Meh.” or “Mixed-Bag”. It wasn’t a great book, but it wasn’t horrible either. Technically speaking, the writing was grammatically correct, punctuated appropriately, and most of the time retained a pretty steady pace throughout. With the exception of one error that I found (Page 207, Line 31), this was a clean, well-
Jan 07, 2009 Diana rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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.
Mar 30, 2011 Darlis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 08, 2015 Shannon rated it it was ok
If you call the heroine of a novel "Plain Jane," one might expect her to have some other dynamic personality traits. Perhaps she's quirky or funny or brainy, but this Jane didn't seem to have any of those things going for her! She's an ugly duckling, turned...well, I'm not sure exactly. She is sometimes described as frumpy, yet other moments she sounds like a knockout. She tries to present herself as sassy, but it translates as snarky. She makes certain bold moves that seem unwise, yet falls apa ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2015
Amazing book exploring the process of dealing with past events. (Warning - trigger - graphic details of rape on college campus, suicide)

While fortunately not raped, but was a victim of date assault in my younger college years, I know how long an incident can stay with you and be a part of future relationship.

That the perpetrators and the instigator can live in denial for so long is disgusting and hard to accept, but those type of men are out there and we should all be aware. The wonderful type
Jun 23, 2014 Annie rated it did not like it
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
May 04, 2013 Janel rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
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
Nov 21, 2013 Robin rated it did not like it
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
MG Camacho
Jan 07, 2012 MG Camacho rated it it was amazing
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
Deborah Vespo
Jul 21, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2013 Arlene Starr rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Julie Barrett
Mar 05, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2008 Aileen rated it it was amazing
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
Marcia Berg Haskell
Feb 17, 2011 Marcia Berg Haskell rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
"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
Holly Senecal
Jun 08, 2015 Holly Senecal rated it really liked it
For me, Fern Michaels never disappoints. I thought this book was really my mind this means so good that I kept wanting to go back to it when I was doing other things to find out what happened. It tackles important subjects in a relatable way without understating their importance and also weaves together a totally engaging storyline throughout. I think it is one of Fern Michaels best and I have read every book she has ever published. I have already recommended it to my family and friends ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Natalie rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed! This book had all my favourite elements... Romance, Suspense, dogs and ghosts but I was ready to strangle the main character before the 100th page!! The story started off great the characters well thought out but... NO too many descriptions too much information too much of nothing to be honest! Sad to admit I would have enjoyed this if Fern Michaels stuck to the plot instead if losing it!
Michelle Chichester
Jun 16, 2015 Michelle Chichester rated it did not like it
I couldn't wait for this book to be over. It was awful and could have used some serious editing due to all of the continuity problems it had. Jane, the main character, was a basket case and was so hot and cold. I felt sorry for Mike, who ended up marrying her.
Jul 04, 2011 Maryann rated it liked it
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Kim L.
May 08, 2014 Kim L. rated it liked it
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 did not like it
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.
Aug 08, 2011 Tracy L. rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2010 Tammy Klain rated it really liked it
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
Maggie Shanley
Dec 08, 2015 Maggie Shanley rated it it was ok
An exhausting story about people who are independently wealthy and don't have to work. The dog parts of this book were ridiculous and the author failed to make the ghost believable. I recommend you give this book a pass.
Jun 11, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
"Forever and ever. And then some."
Jane Carlson
Apr 05, 2015 Jane Carlson rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Audiobook kept me company on a 700 mile drive -- mindless entertainment,
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