Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Jane by April Lindner

Jane by April Lindner
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (October 11, 2010)
Goodreads Description:

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, an iconic 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 tested by a torturous secret from his past.

Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

I remember first reading Jane Eyre when I was in middle school. My mom had encouraged me to read some of the classics she had on her bookshelf. I found some difficult to get through but I didn't seem to have that problem with Jane Eyre. It became one of my favorites. It is a dark story but there is love and it is different from any other book I have read. I've always wished there was a follow up story or a modernized version so I was very excited when I heard about April Lindner's book.

Throughout the entire book I could feel the spirit of the original come through. I was a little worried that it would get lost in the changes needed to modernize it, but all the important elements are there as well as the emotions that the original exudes. I believe that if I had never read Jane Eyre before I would want to after reading this book. Don't let the fact that it is labeled as Young Adult deter you from reading this if you are an adult.

I loved all the characters and I thought that Nico Rathburn (Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre) as a rock star looking for a comeback was perfect to sort of make him seem unattainable and maybe a bit intimidating to Jane. Reading about their evolving relationship kept me glued to the pages, and then of course when disaster hits I couldn't put the book down because I was desperate to know what Jane would do. The most interesting thing to me is that I already know this story and what will happen but the author really drew me in and it was like reading it for the first time.

I know that remakes of something you love often turn out to be disappointing because the bar is set so high, but this book blew me away. At the most I had hoped that it wouldn't suck and that I would kind of like it but it turns out that I LOVE it! I love it just as much as the original it turns out and it makes me hopeful that more great stories are remade with just as much thought and care.




Julie said...

AWEsome review! I just picked up Jane Eyre for a re-read and I think I would really like to have this title on my shelf as well! (Plus I love the cover!) :)

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.

Stop by my blog to see the "teaser" post for a blog hop giveaway.

Details will be posted on Saturday.

Katy said...

I have the original Jane Eyre on my TBR shelf--I need to finally get it read for the first time this year. I've seen nothing but great reviews for this modern version of it. Thanks for the review!

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

This is one of the books on my list. Did you see that they're making a movie from teh books? Anyways just stopping by.