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It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett's teacher is assigning Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". From nowhere comes a quiet 'tsk' of displeasure. The target: Sam Blaine, the cute bad boy who's teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author's ghost has taken up residence in Ellie'...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2009)
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Marilyn Brant
Aug 18, 2009 Marilyn Brant added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I'm the author, I'm wildly biased on this one, of course. :)
I truly hope those who read it will enjoy the story. And I hope Jane Austen would've been pleased by her place in the novel. I like to think so...

Many thanks to everyone interested in my debut book!
Michelle
Nov 19, 2009 Michelle rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Michelle by: library reviews/ YA reviews
When I received this book from the author to read for first reads, I was excited, but that excitement soon disappeared. According To Jane is sexually explicit to a point that I had to skim through much of it completely skipping huge sections in order to escape reading the multitudinous bedroom scenes.

As a English teacher and a fan of Jane Austen, I loved the idea of this book--that the famed author would guide a women in her romantic life--however, I dare say that Ms Austen would not approve of...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a Jane Austen's voice in your head? Wouldn't you just love to have Jane Austen in your subconscious, speaking to you, being your secret friend? I know I would! Going through my adolescent years would have been infinitely more bearable! But alas, we cannot all be as fortunate as Ellie Barnett, who from the age of fifteen has had Jane Austen's voice in her head.

Ever since Ellie's teacher assigned Pride and Prejudice as their next reading assignment, Jane Austen ha...more
Anya
I generally love all things Austen, but I found myself frequently frustrated with this book. First off, the whole gimmick that the spirit of Jane Austen decides to take up residence in the mind of a teenage American girl and impart advice did not work for me. At times, when Jane's voice would be absent for a while, I forgot that was even the concept of the book and didn't miss it at all. The point of Ellie's internal debates with Jane could have just as easily been achieved by Ellie having an in...more
Laurel
What young lady would not want romantic advise from Jane Austen?

Here's a new novel that tugged at my heart strings and validated my belief that if the world was run according to Jane Austen, we would be much smarter and happier. Enuff said!

Fifteen-year old Ellie Barnett is a bookish geek. She excels at academics, but according to her caustic older sister, she is digging herself into a hole of permanent unpopularity with her scraggly hair, lack of make-up, and inattention to fashion. There is ho...more
Monica
Part of me really thinks that Brant's novel is actually a look into my future. The similarities between her book and my life are almost eery, but I couldn't put it down, nor could my friend who I gave a copy of this to for her birthday. I love Jane Austen, so that's immediately what sucked me in.

And then there was more. The protagonist Ellie studied English in college (like me) and then went to graduate school at a university a few hours south of Chicago so she could study to be a librarian (als...more
Heather
I won this on Firstreads and can't wait to get it. I'm an Austen junkie!!!!

Updated October 2009 - I received this book yesterday. Incredibly fast shipping with a nice handwritten note from the author. Which makes me feel really bad about the review I'm about to write.

I should preface this by saying that I don't watch rated R movies. And I stay away from most PG-13 ones too. According to Jane was rated R, maybe even X. There were multiple scenes of explicit you-know-what. There was also a lot of...more
Lexi
A clever premise, beautifully executed. This book flew by, and I was sorry when it had to end; this was a book I did not want to put down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Jane Austen or who just enjoys a well-written novel.

Edit: I agree with the other reviewers who have noted that this book is much more explicit than you'd expect. I definitely would not categorize this as a young adult novel.
Kimm
Have you ever gotten giddy from reading a book, just because you felt it was written for you? I treasure that experience, because it doesn’t come along very often---and indeed, it has been a very long time since it last happened to me. Finally, Marilyn Brant’s debut novel, According to Jane, showed up on my doorstep, jumped into my eager hands and fulfilled all my expectations.


I love this book. I can’t quite put it into words, but it struck me on so many levels that I’m still not able to get th...more
Elizabeth Scott
Super, super cute! I'd heard a lot about this book, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. It starts when Ellie is in high school, being teased by super-cute-and-natch!-bad-boy Sam, and their English teacher assigns them Pride and Prejudice.

And Ellie starts to hear Jane--yep, *that* Jane--talking to her. Jane keeps Ellie, who is a self-described "geek" company, and assures her that life will get better.

And that she needs to stay away from Sam. (Jane says he's Ellie's Mr. Wickham)

The story runs thr...more
Heather McCubbin
Oct 25, 2009 Heather McCubbin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes YA romance, adult romance and Jane Austen
Recommended to Heather by: no one
I thought I may have been one of the few people to still remember what teenage angst was like back in high school! Obviously not, because either I was inside Brant's head when she wrote this--whispering ideas to her like Jane Austen to Ellie--or she experienced and saw the same things I did years ago. Ellie's journey in "According to Jane" was to find true love, her identity and know what issues were worth fighting for, all the while having a little voice known as "Jane Austen" whispering though...more
Reba Chin
There is so much that I could say about this book - because there is so much that I thought and felt while reading it!
I loved it. There were elements of my own reality in so many of the characters and events that made up this story that it was kinda freaky - but I think that just goes to show how real the story was.
It was totally rad. I totally loved it. (I know I said that already!)
Holly
Sep 12, 2013 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
A very enjoyable read! Liked the characters, liked the story, & of course, Miss Austen. Even though I thought this book could gone have without Austen's voice & been great anyway. This was my first book by this author. I thought her style of writing was very realistic & I couldn't put it down. I'm already looking at her other books:)
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I had the pleasure of meeting Marilyn at an Eloisa James author signing at our public library. It was my first author visit and I got 2 authors out of it! When she found out that I had a book blog, she offered to send me a copy of According to Jane. I have to admit that I have never made it through Pride and Prejudice - more of a time thing rather than a lack of not wanting to - and still it languishes on my shelf. But no worries, you do not have to have read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy Accordi...more
Cristina
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for giving me this book for free in one of their book giveways!!!!!! I'll keep signing up for them and you keep 'em coming :)

"According to Jane" is an intriguing spin on a typical piece of chick-lit. For those hard-core Austen fans, like myself, it will cause you to instantly be jealous of Ellie, the lucky protagonist who has the honor of being the vessel in which Austen's spirit decides to reside. Austen is depicted as I would have imagined; sharp-witted, slight...more
Pamela
Told in first-person, this book jumps between the past and present. After being assigned to read Pride and Prejudice in high school, Ellie suddenly hears a voice in her head. The voice belongs to the one and only Jane Austin. Jane soon becomes Ellie's best friend and confidant and stays with her into adulthood. Jane comments on daily life and dispenses advice just as she chronically does in her novels. She also tries to help Ellie steer clear of romantic pitfalls of the men she meets over the ye...more
Nely
Ellie Barnett is just 15 years old the first time she hears her. Jane Austen and her first 'tsk' of displeasure. That ‘tsk’ is aimed at bad boy Sam Blaine who is sitting by Ellie, endlessly teasing her as he’s done since they were children. From that moment on, Jane’s ghost becomes Ellie's secret companion. She takes up residence in Ellie’s mind giving her useful (yet sometimes unheeded) advise through Ellie’s adolescence and adulthood. She quickly becomes the voice that Ellie trusts with her re...more
Jane Hoppe
Despite the cover copy’s statement that Jane Austen’s “wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts …” this story is more an affront to Jane Austen’s wise and witty advice, since Ellie ignores most of it. Readers expecting any kind of Victorian propriety in this story will be dismayed by its sexually explicit scenes. Belief in the sexual-freedom myth is alive and well in this story. It saddens me to see so many of this novel’s cha...more
Karyn
You need to read this book, it is absolutely delightful. I'm still a bit stunned and not quite sure where to start with this review.

The Book blurb really says it all perfectly in this one case.

Ellie is handed a copy of Pride and Prejudice in school, and behind her Sam is busy teasing her. And suddenly there's a voice in Ellie's head telling her to stay away from him. He is your Mr. Wickham says the voice of Jane Austen in her head.

And there it begins. Ellie's journey through life with Jane Aus...more
kari
Perfection!
This book has a plot that moves from Ellie's teen years to her early thirties as she attempts to make sense of her romantic life or lack of it, while having conversations in her head with Jane Austen.
The story starts with Ellie as a sophomore in high school, but this book is definitely NOT a young adult book and is more mature in content than YA books, so be aware of that.
Ellie is a very likable character as she argues with or listens to Jane's opinions about the various boys/men she...more
jo mo
The story switches back and forth the whole book through. It's told in 1st person from Ellie's point of view.

At the beginning, Ellie is 15. And this is where she gets in touch with Pride & Prejudice and thus Jane Austen, with whom she gets a good friend and companion ... so to speak.

Ellie is pretty much an average girl. She gets good grades. She loves books. She thinks about boys. If only she could get that bad boy Sam out of her head.

Then we see her, a few years later with her disastrous r...more
Cheryl
Ellie Barnett communicates with the famed Jane Austen. She has done so, ever since high school. It all started back when Ellie was sitting in Mrs. Leverson’s English class. She and Sam Blaine were flirting. There had this banter going on between them but hadn’t acted on it yet. Mrs. Leverson tells the class that their next book assignment is to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Ellie skims the book and realizes P&P is not her cup of tea. That is when she hears a female’s voice with a B...more
Kelly Moran
Author Marilyn Brant worked as an elementary school teacher, a library staff member, a freelance magazine writer and a national book reviewer before becoming a full-time novelist. According to Jane is her first novel, which won the prestigious 2007 RWA Golden Heart Award. Her next, not yet titled, novel is set for release in 2010. Marilyn resides in Illinois with her husband and son.
One day in sophomore English class, Ellie Barnett’s teacher assigns Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, and Ellie’s...more
Paula
With According to Jane author Marilyn Brant presents a chick lit story with a Jane Austen twist.

The chick lit portion of the book holds its own within the genre. Brant uses a time shifting technique flopping from past to present that is quite competent. The characters have depth enough to make us care about them.

The problem with the book is the Jane Austen device. Not only do I not buy it, but I believe it detracts from the book. The book provides that the main character is somehow a descenden...more
lielabell lielabell
Triple A+ book. I picked it up today and didn't put it down until I finished it. Okay, so that's a lie. I had to put it down to get my son from school and to make dinner and to do all that stuff, but my head was still firmly between the pages of this book all the while.

This is a life long romance done right. There is the heartbreak and insecurity of the teen years, the anger and bitterness of the early twenties and the forgiveness and ultimate reconciliation of the early thirties. And through it...more
Atlantis
Okay, this book was a free download on Amazon for the kindle or iphone app and that's why I risked it-I recommend that if you read this book please check it out of the library or download it for free as that's about what it is worth. It's not badly written, but it's a little weird. It is a first person narrative of Ellie, the main character, who suddenly in the middle of one of her high school classes, begins hearing the voice of Jane Austen herself. This continues throughout the book and is qui...more
Melissa
I had to continue my Jane Austen alternative literature spree. Since I had "According to Jane" on my iPod Touch through the Kindle app, it was easy. When I first spied this book I thought it was a YA book due to the description. The book surprised me as it was not. It was an adult book with adult scenes and situations. Ellie merely has Jane Austen helping her along as a very opinionated spirit guide. As you view Ellie's life you actually travel back and forth in time. Yes, occasionally, I would...more
WifeMomKnitter
Oct 15, 2009 WifeMomKnitter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to WifeMomKnitter by: Anyone who likes the works of Jane Austen
I had originally "bid" on this book when it came up for giveaway on Goodreads First Reads because I am a big fan of the works of Jane Austen, but was not fortunate to win a copy of the book. It was OK.

I picked up a copy of the book the other day and devoured it within two days.

The main character, Ellie Barnett, is handed a copy of "Pride and Prejudice" during sophomore English class and soon finds the ghost of Jane Austen has tagged along as well. Jane's advice guides Ellie through the trials an...more
Amber Downing
I easily fell in love with this book. Ellie is a character that anyone can relate to in some way. It is set in the modern time so everyone can relate to the people and situations in the book. Most of use have probably experienced some of those situations ourselves. But it also shows how the literature we read plants a seed into our mind and helps shape our perspectives and life views. Even our views on love.

This book shows how Ellie is trying to find her Mr. Darcy with the help of Jane Austen....more
Susan
ACCORDING TO JANE combines chick lit and Austen-love with engaging results! I loved the narrator, Ellie Barnett, who starts hearing Jane Austen in her head during her sophomore year of high school. Jane tsk-tsks her when she feels pangs of longing for Sam Blaine. "Stay away," Jane tells her, "He is your Mr. Wickham." Only Ellie can't seem to forget about Sam, even as high school ends and college begins, bringing a whole new crop of potential boyfriends. ACCORDING TO JANE takes us nearly two deca...more
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Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction, and she was recently named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their m...more
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“But here I am at this moment, a thirty-four-year-old geek, and against my will and against my reason (although, okay, not against my character), I still want that fucking Cinderella story for myself.
More than an amazing, no-one-else-on-the-planet-knows-this secret.
More than anything else.
I want that happily-ever-after ending I imagined, as a teen, I’d get someday. That daydream I held on to as my prize for surviving those sucky years of adolescence.
Dammit, I deserve that ending.
It’s just that, if I’m truly honest with myself, I can no longer tell if it’s Sam, specifically, I want or if it’s the nearly two-decade-old fantasy featuring him as the heroic lead.
So, at the last second, I cop out.”
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