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Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college, after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a job as a nanny at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic an
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Published October 2010 by Little Brown & Company (Poppy) (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Wendy Darling
When I think of Jane Eyre, I think of a dark mystery, beautiful prose, and strongly moral characters. Most of all, I think of the undercurrent of passion that burns through all of its primary characters, from the tortured Mr. Rochester to his poor mad wife, to the zealous Mr. Rivers to the unhappy and neglected Adele, and above all else, in the quietly determined Jane herself. It is very strange, therefore, to read a book based on this story that is so severely lacking in any of those elements.

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aubrey
Apr 26, 2016 aubrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Marija
Dec 22, 2010 Marija rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I’m truly sorry, but I must say this: If you love Jane Eyre as much as I do, do not read this book. I can honestly say that had I not read Jane Eyre before reading this, this book would have destroyed Brontë’s novel for me—this coming from a girl who’s known the story of Jane Eyre since she was four years old (from watching the Timothy Dalton and Orson Welles film adaptations, finally reading it for the first time at age eleven), and has been in love with it ever since. After finishing Lindner’s ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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WARNING: This shall contain some spoilers for this book, as well as for Jane Eyre.

Meh. Just ... meh. I didn't hate this book. I just ... didn't really like it, either.

Before I picked it up, I knew it was a retelling of Jane Eyre. But, for some reason I didn't know it was a modern-day retelling. Okay, I don't know what I thought it was going to be, to be honest. But anyway, I get the book out of the library and I see this on the back:

"What if Jane Eyre
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Anne Osterlund
Sep 21, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if . . .?

Jane Eyre got her job at Discriminating Nannies, Inc.

And Mr. Rochester drove a fast car on a hairpin turn.

And they both ran into each other, of course, then floated on plastic rafts in the pool, flirted at rehearsals for his world rock band tour, and, oh yes, endured all the angst and self-doubt, jealousy and drama of the original tale.

Well, then you would have Jane—April Linder’s sparkling new novel of impossible love, tragic deceit, and . . . a wicked fine guitar solo.
Sarah
Jan 06, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***I guess I should say this review contains slight spoilers, but nothing of much consequence***
Earlier this year I had the pleasure or reading an incredible piece of literary genius, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I devoured it. And while my classmates were obsessing over Edward Cullen (I am only 15 after all), I was wishing for my very own Edward Rochester :) Needless to say, I became obsessed. So, when I came across April Linder's Jane while browsing on my kindle, I was extremely excited to re
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Sarah
Nope. I can't. DNF, circa 50%.

From top to bottom, this is a Fail. Rochester as a rock star just doesn't work. At all. But the worst crime is Jane's endless whining & cliched personality ("wah wah wah, I don't GAF about clothes or looking good, boohoo, I has nobody! except I never actually interact with people by choice, ho-hum, I'm so DIFFERENT(tm) that nobody gets meeeee, I'm so unlike my peers & yet this rockstar Young Springsteen clone wants in my pants after two days, even though al
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Angie
I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw it pop up around the blogosphere a few months back. As you know, I am a sucker of the largest order for a good retelling. Retold fairy tales in particular are a weakness of mine, but when I saw that April Lindner's upcoming novel JANE was, in fact, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, I didn't know my heart could beat quite that fast. I got my masters in literature, specifically Victorian lit, and Jane Eyre has been a special favorite of mine ever sinc ...more
Nafiza
Feb 21, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Let me start by saying that I love Jane Eyre. There’s something so effortless about the way Bronte weaves her stories that even if I may not like the plot, I will invariably read her book for the strength of the prose alone. The mastery of the words, the beauty of the sentences – all these things that has the literature buff in me swooning.

I won’t say that Jane Eyre is timeless. I mean, yes, the themes explored in Jane Eyre are timeless but the actual events? No, not so much. At least, I don’t t
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Gloria
Nov 27, 2010 Gloria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, teens
Finally! The second book on my list of "Top five worst books I'll ever read." Actually, that was the only reason I finished the book. I just knew it belonged on the list.

Where to begin? Let's start with the cover. The cover is the only redeemable aspect of Jane. The characters, dialog, writing, and plot are dismal. As you can see, I said PLOT. Yes, Lindner took one of the most beloved plots in literature and found a way to make it ridiculous. How you may ask? Mr. Rochester, oh I'm sorry, I mean
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Sesana
For people who have read and loved Jane Eyre, who admire Jane for her strength of character, who fell in love with Mr. Rochester, and who sigh over the passion of their love: stay away from this book. You'll be very, very dissappointed.

April Lindner has attempted a modern retelling. In the Author's Note at the end, she wonders why there aren't more retellings of Jane Eyre, as there are of Pride and Prejudice. She doesn't say why this is something that Charlotte Bronte's fans should envy. She doe
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Allison
Jan 31, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how you love a classic? Not many, just a few that hit you in the gut and heart so hard that you can't breath? That's how I feel about Bronte's "Jane Eyre." It is my favorite!

I approached "Jane" by April Lindner with some trepidation and inside-my-head warnings to the author and narrator: DON'T disappoint me. DON'T stink. DON'T be cheesy. DO be delightful and creative and please tickle me a bit. Well, I can honestly say that Lindner's "Jane" did just that. The contemporary setting of a
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Holly
Sep 01, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sitting in the lobby of Discriminating Nannies, Inc, Jane Moore never felt more different. She’d arrived in a suit jacket and pencil skirt from Goodwill and low heels. She wasn’t reading the latest issue of Instyle or People magazine or listening to her IPod. She wasn’t wearing trendy skinny jeans or ballet flats. Jane felt like an impostor. After her parents died leaving her nothing, she was forced to drop out of renown mostly female Sarah Lawrence university. Her sister ignores her; her brothe ...more
P.
Sep 16, 2010 P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yyay, arc
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Emily
Jul 02, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, just embarrassingly awful. I threw in the towel after 162 pages of hoping things would improve.

I truly thought that this one had potential to be maybe not life-changing, but at least thoroughly entertaining. I loved the idea of it. Sadly, Jane has no Jane in her, and Rathburn comes off as a creep, and not a very intelligent one. HOW can it be possible to so thoroughly screw up a story that is adapted nearly scene for scene? If Charlotte Bronte weren't already dead, I'm sure this would
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Shell Belle
I got this book with a rather hopefull heart; I generally love new twists on old tales. And plus, it was less than ten dollars for more than 300 pages, which is really rare now-a-days. However, I was sadly dissappointed by this book. I love Jane Eyre. I just love it! It's just such a rich, complex, beautiful tale, about so many more issues than just love. But I feel like this modern take just drained it of all its unique, interesting aspects and left it only a shell of a story, just another yuck ...more
Regan
Jan 11, 2014 Regan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
1.5

I really did not enjoy this book, about 100 pages in I started flipping through it. It had the bones of the story of Jane Eyre, but lacked the beauty and weight of the original story. And for the record, Mr.Rochester would never have the occupation of a rock star.
Chelsey
I loved this book. Loved it more than any book since Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I devoured it and was sad when it was over. But why?

Well, it is a revision of Jane Eyre, which I adore, and it does a better job with the portion of Jane Eyre I hate (her time after leaving Rochester) but there was something more to it.

The characters are incredibly compelling. Jane makes sense. Her reasons for staying in the shadows and for falling so quickly in love with Rothburn make sense-- a child who had
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Alexandra
When I first started this book, I was enthralled. I loved the simplicity of it, and how even though it was set in modern time, it still felt a little dated. Though there were a few things from the present that were mentioned pretty much right away, (various publications such as People, Us, Star, the National Enquirer), April Lindner did her best not to drop pop culture references left and right which made Jane seem more "classic."

I loved the drab, morose atmosphere of Discriminating Nannies, Inc
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Micah
Apr 13, 2011 Micah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying this is my first ever “updated” version of a classic I have ever read. Let me also so that there is perhaps no other book that speaks to me the way Jane Eyre does. I have read it numerous times now and each time it’s like conversing with an old friend – a kindred spirit. I love Charlotte Bronte. I have read most of her novels and various biographies. I understand from what place she wrote.
That said when I saw there was a modern retelling of Jane Eyre I couldn’t help but ru
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Mollie
Oct 06, 2010 Mollie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2010, september, arc
So, I have to start off with a confession: I have never read Jane Eyre. I know, know #englishmajorfail #librarianfail, but I'm not unfamiliar with the story of Jane Eyre. I've...seen the movie?! Ok, I know, you're rolling your eyes! Does it help that it was the newest Masterpiece Theater version of Jane Erye? No? Well fine. But keep in mind that, although I haven't read Jane Eyre, I do know the story and I LOVED the version I saw.

With that confession out of the way I have to admit, this book di
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Angela
Jan 02, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gail Carriger
Nov 30, 2013 Gail Carriger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Modern retelling of Jane Eyre. I'm so familiar with the source material I found myself more interested in seeing what tricks the author would use to adapt each scene to a modern setting then anything else. In the end, I feel both Jane and Rochester's characters suffer from the temporal transition, Rochester is too cruel and Jane too lacking in agency when they are taken out of the confines of a British hierarchical class system. In the end, it just made me want to reread The Eyre Affair.
Mandy Sickle
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 close to her siblings and now she’s forced to find a job. Take a job as a nanny shouldn’t be hard even if the agency wants her to work for a celebrity she’s not into all that trendy stuff. Her first Client happens to be the famous rock star Nico Rathburn, and the only reason she knows about him is her brother was obsessed ...more
Nina
May 02, 2011 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the people who love a good romance novel
Recommended to Nina by: sharleen olsen
Shelves: finished
this book is amazing! it's sort of ur typical love story. But there are some twists and turns along the way. Jane Moore is the person trying to get through collage on what savings her parents gave her,wich wasn't much. So she decides to get a job. she meets up with this woman named lucia. Lucia asks Jane all sorts of questions and looks at her rsumee. Jane has dropped out of collage because she needs money to pay for it, and she barely has enough to pay for one semester. On Jane's resumee it say ...more
Jessica
Nov 18, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
What a fabulous book! I read it in less than a day because I simply couldn't put it down! In her Author's Note, Lindner comments that there seems to be so many Jane Austen sequels and retellings and such about, but why no love for the Brontes? And I agree! I am the hugest fan of Jane Eyre, and so excited to see it get a modern treatment . . . because this modern treatment is done in such a lovely way! It's the perfect balance between the original elements of the story and her own new interpretat ...more
April
Are you looking for a modern take on a classic tale minus zombies or vampires? Friend, I think Jane by April Lindner is the book for you. To me, Jane was a worthy version of Jane Eyre. I absolutely loved this re-telling. In this version, Jane Eyre is now Jane Moore, a 19 year old who must drop out of college due to financial necessity. She accepts a job nannying for aging rocker, Nico Rathburn. What results is a quiet romance, never overt, but gently unfolding. ALSO omfg, DEVELOPMENT. It's not t ...more
Keertana
When it comes to JANE, I find it difficult to summon much feeling for this modern re-telling of Jane Eyre.

You see, Jane Eyre is the novel that cemented my relationship with my mother. We'd always been close, but during those awkward, teenage years of Middle School, I slowly began to gravitate away from her opinion, discovering my own instead. Needless to say, our relationship was strained, but that all changed -- surprisingly -- when I picked up my mother's well-worn copy of Jane Eyre from the
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♥Rachel♥
May 30, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing! I was blown away.

I absolutely loved the original Jane Eyre so I was a little skeptical when I first heard of this book. Mr. Rochester a rock star?! But trust me, this modern update does not disappoint!

I hope nobody wants to shoot me for saying this but I think I liked this better than the original. I highly recommend this book!
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“Every so often, a lightning flash would reveal us to each other, and the expression on his face - so rapt, so helpless, so utterly mine - was the most beautiful thing I ever expected to see in my life.” 24 likes
“Come inside with me," he whispered, "and let me make love to you"-he undid another button-"all night along, and then all day tomorrow, and then the day after that..."
"You have a show to put on tomorrow night'" I reminded him.
Mr. Rathburn -Nico- sighed deeply. He brushed my hair back again, tucking it behind my ears. "That's the spirit. You'll keep me honest, won't you?"
"I'll try.”
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