“Jane” by April Lindner
Publication Date: October 11, 2010
Little, Brown & Co., Poppy Imprint
Complimentary Advance Review Copy
Listing Price: $17.99
Ages 15 & up.
Overall Grade: 4 out of 5 stars (****)
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 romance.
But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?
An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.
Synopsis Courtesy of Amazon.com
This book had me at “hello.” After glancing at the new Young Adult listings on Amazon.com I was immediately intrigued. A retelling of Jane Eyre? I received an ARC within a few days, and finished the book in under two days, glued as I was to the page.
I haven’t read the original Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte yet, so I was truly interested in how this book would be since I was a fresh reader without the prejudices or bias to the original work.
Jane Moore was an interesting character to watch on her journey from dead-broke college student to a rock musician’s nanny. She was a bit quiet, in that her character didn’t speak her mind too much and I hoped she would gain more confidence and strength than what was “told” on the page instead of shown. I imagine this was partly due to the character constraints of the original novel.
I really liked Thornfield Park and the image of the house and grounds were very distinct and had a moodiness to it that made the reader believe that something wasn’t quite right about it.
Nico Rathburn was a great Byronic character, moody, rich, narcissistic and self-absorbed—the bad guy all of the girls want and his interaction with his daughter was sweet and innocent, similar to the interaction between Mr. Darcy and Georgiana Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
This book kept me glued to the pages, and although the narrative was periodically interrupted with already-outdated pop culture references like the original Conan O’Brien show, its lyrical and eloquent style felt true to the original book’s time period. It truly made me want to rush out and buy the original Jane Eyre, which I believe is a great thing this book can do.
April Lindner is a fresh talent with a knack for interpretation of the classics, and who knows what she might write next? A retelling of Wuthering Heights, maybe?… In any case, April Lindner is a welcome sight in the YA genre that is overflowing with zombie, werewolf, and vampire stories.
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Note: This book was a complimentary Advanced Review Copy courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Children, Poppy Imprint. Publication Date: October 11, 2010