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Jane by April Lindner
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Jan 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

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 college drop out, Jane, and a superstar rock and roll GOD, Nico Rathbburn, seemed like the most unlikely match. And they are, just like Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. But do they come together? Yes! And does it work? Yes. And just like with Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, it's a bit of a fairy tale... The way Lindner follows the plot of Bronte's original in her own sparkling (remember, Rathburn is a rockstar!) manner was great. Jane's time in self-imposed exile from Thornfield Hall was fantastic and I liked the costars a bunch. However, I don't want to give anything else away. But I liked it. Of course, Bronte's Jane and Rochester will always and forever be #1. But this was fun.
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Allison Nope. phew!

Allison Uuupp... But then she did appear...Bibi was her name!

message 3: by Taylor (new)

Taylor I have not read Jane Eyre and I did not love this book. Jane's character was kind of dull & blah. I like how Lindner talked about her parents' and how she wasn't very close to her siblings. However, I kind of wish she would've talked about Jane as a little girl. I liked Maddy and I wish that she was developed more as a character, especially towards the end. I did some research and discovered that Jane Eyre was basically the old-school version of this, but to be honest, I really like the modernized version. One thing that really bothered me was the part where Nico almost runs her over and she doesn't recognize him. To me, it's just dumb and unrealistic. Why would she not recognize a man who she was previously studying? I don't know, maybe its just me, but the part annoyed me. Otherwise, I liked it okay. Now I am excited to read Jane Eyre.

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