According To Jane
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 tea ...more
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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!
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
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
Ever since Ellie's teacher assigned Pride and Prejudice as their next reading assignment, Jane Austen ha ...more
I have to note that I missed the '80's music, etc. due to the fact that I had children birthed in '79, '82 and '84 and refused to put anything other than children's music on the radio. I don't think it is cute when a 4 ye ...more
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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
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
One day in sophomore English class, Ellie Barnett’s teacher assigns Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, and Ellie’s ...more
"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
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
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
This book shows how Ellie is trying to find her Mr. Darcy with the help of Jane Austen. ...more
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
She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (1st ed. 2009, 2nd ed. 2017); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban mom ...more
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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.”