Book review – My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

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Caidyn: Today is a very special day for me. That being, it's the third anniversary of the day I changed my name. Why is that such a big deal? Because I'm trans and that means I no longer had to go by my dead name. That day was so special and I'm so grateful that I had the ability to do it. Not all transpeople have those resources. . So, in honor of this day, I'm reading some of my highest anticipated reads! One, obviously is My Plain Jane. I had my first every @owlcrate box and I am so glad I own this book! I loved My Lady Jane so I'm excited. . I'm also going to read The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by @themackenzilee and Bedfellow by @jeremycshipp ! . #bookstagrammer #transman #transvisibility #myplainjane #bedfellow #theladysguidetopetticoatandpiracy

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TW: sexism

The Janies are back! I got Owlcrate’s July box and I was so happy to see this book in it. I love it and was going to get it for myself one way or another, but it was amazing because I have a unique cover and a signed edition of it.

This book was a lot of fun, just like My Lady Jane was. Instead of it being about actual history, it was a loose retelling of Jane Eyre. The main characters were Jane herself, Charlotte Bronte, and, a completely new character, Alexander.

In this, Jane was a real person and was friends with Charlotte. She really went to a school, but she can see ghosts. Charlotte still wants to be an author. Alexander can also see ghosts, but he’s a part of the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits and, for most of the book, he wants to recruit Jane to the Society.

I loved the humor in the book and the general plot, but I do feel that it dropped off in the middle and got a teeny bit boring. It wasn’t killing me, but it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it could be. I think it could have been condensed to around 100 pages left and it might have been stronger for it.

But, that’s not a bad thing. I still enjoyed it. I love the retelling of Jane Eyre and how characters from the book and real-life people made cameos in it. There were also tons of fun times and snarky jabs at sexism throughout the book.

It was just a fun book that I enjoyed reading. It made me laugh each time I read it and now I’m just eagerly waiting for the next book in the Janies series!

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If you read this, what did you think?
If not, what’s your favorite Jane Eyre retelling?

7 thoughts on “Book review – My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

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