The last time I tried to do a buddy read, my buddy read partner, Malanie, DNFed the book. (sadness but I totally understand because I almost DNFd the book, too) So THIS time, we chose a book you can’t possibly DNF!
My Plain Jane is fast paced, hilarious, and just perfect. I mean, it’s Jane Eyre? Of course, it’s going to be good.
We somehow managed to gather our thoughts about this treasure of a book and write a semi-coherent review. Mal’s thoughts are in italics, mine are kind of normal. 🙂
Look at me, carrying around my water bottle. I might be trying to drink water, haha.
Oh my gosh I have so many things to say about this book!!!????? SO MANY THINGS.
I honestly wasn’t sure if this book would be better than the first book in this series, My Lady Jane. I mean, I laughed A TON with the first book. And I just hoped My Plain Jane would make me laugh AGAIN. But it did so much more!!! I fell in love with My Plain Jane!!!
I loved the little asides from the authors, put right into the narration, it’s such a cool way to do third-person and it made the whole thing seem more magical??? It just fit so well. And it was so much fun. The author directly addressed us!!!! I was BLUSHING.
++++++ HELEN!!! MY ONE TRUE LOVE. I was so afraid she wouldn’t be in the story, because in Jane Eyre she’s killed off so early on.
And Jane has Charlotte, so I went into this resigned that my adorable Helen would be forgotten. BUT NO. SHE GOT TO BE IN THE STORY, OMG. I’M STILL HAPPY ABOUT THIS. She’s Jane’s best friend and their special connection was so special sldkfjdskljfds
Confession – I really never enjoyed Jane Eyre, so I wasn’t invested as much in the characters as Malanie. BUT I loved all the characters in My Plain Jane so much, everyone has so much personality and breathed life into the pages.
I also loved Charlotte! She gave me such Felicity Montague vibes. Her spirit and determination and strong af feminism.
“But she was a writer, so while she did get this moment of thinking herself somewhat brilliant, it would soon be offset by a crippling doubt that she had a gift of words at all. Such is the way with all writers. Trust us.”
Ahem, amen, amen. Charlotte was our hero. I loved her constant writing, and persistence, and the way she took notes and kept track of everything.
BUT CUTE ADORABLE BRAM!!!! He is a mess but also a smol marshmallow sprinkle. And the world’s sweetest pea. He needs to be sheltered and loved.
And I LOVED Alex. He was just so committed to his ghost hunting. I mean, if you’re going to be a super natural investigator, you better do it right. (and he did)
And the plot was so amazing, there were so many things I didn’t see coming at all. + it was perfectly paced. I was invested the whole time and I never felt bored
So, um actually, the plot in this book was a lot better than My Lady Jane. It tied together SO NICELY and everything fit perfectly! And so many surprises! Yay, yay, yay!
Just such good writing and everything was so wholesome. I love ridiculous adventures and GHOSTS! Speaking of ghosts, the ghostbusters vibe! This felt like teenage ghostbusters team in a Jane Eyre AU.
Aha! Yes, this is essentially Jane Eyre: Ghostbusters edition. Which was NOT expected?! And made me laugh and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I also LOVED all the snark. Everyone is genuinely funny. I have never liked Rochester and the writers took a very miserly weirdo and turned him into something I could understand. Okay? It just made a lot more sense than the original Jane Eyre, to me.
“Never in any Jane Austen novel did the love interest pretend to be a fortune-teller,” Helen said, “Why would someone do that?”
I mean, is not Rochester just creepy? He keeps his wife locked in an attic. That is bad manners 101. Charlotte and I are on the same page.
“Of course I’ve been lying. I’m a politician.”
And the HISTORY. As a nerd, I loved the historical ghost hunting society + the king of England history. It’s just delightful to have a book that can have incredible funny plot and jabs at history at the SAME TIME.
And speaking of snark, the snark about current politics is ON POINT. I was laughing out loud at this conversation.
“Earlier this year, His Majesty decided to balance the royal budget. He kept Meal on Wheels and the National Endowment for the Arts,” Branwell said, “Because we aren’t animals, for pity’s sake. The Society…”
“The Society had to go,” Alex said, “Arthur Wellesley fought hard to keep the program funded. But King William doesn’t believe in ghosts or the need for our services. He cut the program and suggested that Wellington could find alternative funding. He suggested we ask France to pay for it.
“What did France say?”
“France said no.”
Do you like to laugh? Or read about ghosts? Or just be slightly sarcastic about today’s politicians? Then you will LOVE My Plain Jane.
Malanie and I both really enjoyed this twist on a very classic book. I mean, it was supposed to be a buddy read BUT Mal finished the book in ONE day and it took me three days to read because SCHOOL. So, be like Mal. Finish your books in one sitting.
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on 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, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
Have you read My Plain Jane or Jane Eyre? If you could write a retelling of a classic book, which book would you choose?
Would you rather be a ghostbuster or a vampire hunter? (just asking, because you know, curiosity and such)