My Plain Jane ★★★★☆

myplainjane.jpgMove over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of My Lady Jane are back with a fantastic, romantic, hilarious reimagining of Jane Eyre.

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s My Lady Jane was a New York Times bestseller, “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now they’re back with another irreverent tale of mischief, mayhem, and romance—perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions as one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood embark on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

I’m not a huge fan of the classics, but Jane Eyre has always held a special place in my heart. It’s got “ghosts,” it’s got mystery, it’s got a crazy lady in the attic burnin’ the whole place down, and a super creepy romance between a teenager and a man in his forties. But hey-love.

I enjoyed most of My Plain Jane, in ways that I certainly did not enjoy My Lady Jane. This was funnier, well written, and did a wonderful job tying in the source material while commenting on the original story in a modern way (mostly that Rochester is old enough to be Jane’s grandfather-gross)

Perhaps where it lost points for me was its attempts to draw in other elements of pop-culture like Lord of the RingsThe Princess Bride, and others. I would rather the authors relied on their own humor which was vastly more successful than the lines they stole from others.

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Pub Date: June 26th, 2018

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