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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  8,814 ratings  ·  1,726 reviews
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job 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 and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden r ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published October 11th 2010 by 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.

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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
***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
Anne Osterlund
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
I thought for sure I'd like this, no matter how terrible it was, because I'm 100% trash for Jane Eyre, so how could I possibly not love a modernised retelling?!

Turns out that when the main character is awful and ridiculously judgmental, things don't go exactly the way you want them to...

I made it a whopping 38 pages into this book before I noped my way out of it, and it's for one simple reason: Jane. She's a pretty awful character, and I had no desire to be in her head for another 330 pages.

Sep 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-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
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-2015, 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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-owned-read

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.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
I'm a huge Bronte fan and Jane Eyre is by far one of my all time favorite classics so I was excited to see an updated version of it and thought it would be so much fun.

Sadly, this didn't work for me at all. Jane and Rathburn had a weird relationship from the beginning and it felt very awkward and almost forced. Like we were lead to believe they cared for each other and yet, there really wasn't any evidence there of said feelings. Yes, I know Jane is very much reserved but even in the classic, yo
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yyay, arc
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Shell Belle
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: september, ya, 2010, 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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Gail Carriger
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
This book was an OK retelling of "Jane Eyre". If it inspires people to go out and read the original then that would be wonderful. ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Sarah Mac
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 all I do i
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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