MY PLAIN JANE is a Gothic, humorous Jane Eyre retelling that will have you giggling. If you liked MY LADY JANE, you will like this is as well.
However, I didn’t like MLJ. I couldn’t get past the fact that the love interest turned into a horse. I get it, it’s supposed to be funny and obviously magical. I just could… not… do it. MPJ went a lot better for me, however it wasn’t without it’s own un-believable scenes. It was a lot easier to get through.
Jane Eyre is a teacher at an all girl’s school and her best friend happens to be Charlotte Bronte. Jane is hiding a big secret from Charlotte and when a disturbance happens at a local bar, Charlotte begins to wonder what exactly Jane is up to. After Charlotte finds out the secret, she joins up with a “ghost buster” and they try to get Jane to join the Society for Wavering Spirits. It sounds easy in theory, but Jane is in love with her boss, Mr. Rochester, and refuses to leave her job (even though he may be a murderer).
The crew ends up going on a real life ghost busters hunt and chaos ensues. I mean, what do you expect to happen when a bunch of literary and real life characters get together? It was actually pretty funny seeing Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre as best friends.
The first half of this book was iffy for me. It was funny, yes, but I just didn’t really care much about the characters. As the book went on, the plot picked up and I was able to get more into it. The last 100 pages were really good. I actually didn’t see the twists coming, so that was what saved this book from becoming a three star read.
All in all, this was pretty cute. I’m struggling between a 3 and 3.5 stars. From a creative stand point I think it was really good, just not my cup of tea.
What I liked:
I like the way this was retold, with some elements being the same (Mr. Rochester, Thornfield Hall, Grace Poole).
I REALLY liked Bramwell, Charlotte and Blackwell. Definitely the best characters. and Helen!
The pacing of the story was quick, which I prefer.Loved the pop culture quotes.
What I didn’t like:
Mr. Rochester (but I didn’t like him in the real Jane Eyre either).
I didn’t get a real “Gothic” vibe, which I desperately wanted. I think my expectations were too high.
This book didn’t have much for atmosphere.That the book didn’t pick up until after the half way mark.