Title: My Plain Jane
Authors:Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Series: The Lady Janies #2
Genre: Humor/Paranormal Fantasy/Historical
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 10 hours (447 pages)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Recommended for fans of: Jane Eyre, satire, historical inaccuracies
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.
This was fun, but this spoof of Jane Eyre wasn’t as good as My Lady Jane. It always had too much or not enough going on.
I did not like the way Jane was portrayed in this reimagining. She was bland, naive, and willfully ignorant, unlike the classic heroine I know and love. And don’t even get me started on how annoying Helen was! I like the other POV characters, but I expected more from the titular character.
I always love a good paranormal twist, but the ghosts could be a bit overwhelming. It was difficult to see where the story was going, and some of the twists were a bit too out there. Yes, the point of this book is to be ridiculous, but sometimes it went too far. It was really though. I enjoyed the humor and often found myself laughing out loud, especially at the pop culture references.