Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton

Jane Eyre is a poor orphan. That didn’t change from the original novel. She teaches at Lowood school and enjoys painting. She has two best friends: Charlotte Brontë and a ghost named Helen Burns. Yes, Jane can see ghosts and that’s why the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits interested in recruiting her as an agent. But Jane has other plans. She applies for a job as a governess in Thornfield Hall. She is finally warm and not hungry and the master of the manor is simply irresistible. Tall, dark and brooding, the gorgeous Mr. Rochester. But Jane doesn’t know Mr. Rochester is hiding many secrets.
Jane must figure out whom to trust and who is seriously dangerous.
My Plain Jane wasn’t nearly as good as My Lady Jane. The first book was original, hilarious and amazing. But My Plain Jane was just boring. It didn’t have that spark as the first book, it wasn’t funny, it wasn’t exciting it was just PLAIN. The idea was cool, the re-telling of the famous English classic with a paranormal twist. Ghosts really fit into that gothic atmosphere the original Jane Eyre has, and it could be so good. However, unfortunately, it wasn’t. The plot was predictable and the characters weren’t appealing and quite annoying most of the time. I can’t believe they could turn my favorite character ever Jane into a childish, selfish and shallow. That’s not my Jane! Jane was wise, opinionated, kind and brave.
The idea of adding Charlotte and her family to the plot was cool though. I always thought Jane and Charlotte could be friends in some parallel reality and it happened. The dream came true.
In general, the book was ok. But I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted. I didn’t connect to any of the characters. It felt like a not very good parody rather than a reimagining. There is so much to be done with a novel like Jane Eyre but it wasn’t enough in this case.

Rating: 3/5

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