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- Paperback $8.89
- Publisher: Poppy
- Format: Hardback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 208mm x 36mm | 499g
- Publication date: 4 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0316084204
- ISBN 13: 9780316084208
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 163,462
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.
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April Lindner is an associate professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her poetry collection, Skin, received the Walt McDonald First Book Prize and her poems have been featured in many anthologies and textbooks.
By Najla Qamber 04 Jan 2013
Jane Eyre is my all time favorite. When I found out about all the retellings it had. I literally bought them all (I might have missed one). As a result of those purchases, this is the third retelling I've read in the last 3 months and it by far my favorite.
Jane Moore, the Jane Eyre of the story, is exactly how I pictured Jane to be like if she was in the modern times. Nico Rathburn, the Rochester, is no different. I absolutely loved how Lindner portrayed them and all the events in the book. It is not exactly the same as Jane Eyre. THANK GOODNESS. It's unique in it's own way.
April Lindner's writing style is so smooth and straight forward. The way she took Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and modernized it is the best I've read so far. Jane Eyre was written to be heart-wrenching, JANE is almost as heart-wrenching and tear gushing. I can never get enough of Jane Eyre.
Overall, JANE by April Lindner is the best Jane Eyre Retelling so far. It was heart-wrenching, page-turning, and amazing! Thank you April for giving us Jane Eyre but in a different light.
By Beth 08 Jun 2011
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is my favourite book in the world. No competition at all. The prize for second place is somewhat harder to give... but Dracula by Bram Stoker is definitely a contender. Why begin with this information? Well, I loved Karen Essex's take on Dracula (namely Dracula in Love), so I thought I'd try a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, namely Jane by April Lindner. Unfortunately, my feelings towards Jane are not as pleasant as I anticipated.
The main reason for this is the horrific injustice done to Mr. Rochester. In Bronte's masterpiece he was an unattractive, but gloriously rich and actually rather subtly witty (albeit somewhat morally shady), fellow. In Lindner's retelling he is Nico Rathburn... but as far as I could tell, Nico Rathburn is actually none other than Hugh Grant's character Alex Fletcher from the 2007 film Music and Lyrics.
Actually, Jane and Music and Lyrics seem to share similar plots: ageing music star braces himself for comeback, ends up falling in love with unassuming girl around when this happens. So, I ended up with the one line of this song that I could recall repeating in my brain throughout reading the book: "I thought I'd never fall in love again, but then POP goes my heart!" (Google it, you won't regret it!).
Jane Eyre feels all wrong as Jane Moore, and scenes from the original seem to have been literally parsed almost word for word, whereas others seem so trite and unlike the original that I almost laughed (especially at the comparative injuries of Rochester/Rathburn!).
Recommendation: Read the original. The language really isn't dated, it's beautifully written, and the characters are so believable and delectably creepy that I still can't read it straight before bed for fear of nightmares! This retelling is both unnecessary and incomparable in scale and storytelling to the original.
By TeensReadToo 28 Jan 2011
Jane Moore has just recently become an orphan, and with no one to help her financially and no one who she can truly turn to, Jane must quit school and find a job. She quickly finds a position as a nanny for Nico Rathburn's daughter, Maddy, at Thornfield Park.
Nico is a rock star who has been through all the troubles that a normal rock star would go through - relationships that go awry and drug problems that make for an escape. However, Nico feels like it's time to clean up and make a comeback, and so he needs someone to take care of Maddy, whose mother is nowhere to be seen, or so people are thought to believe.
With Nico as her new employer, Jane has entered a world full of dark secrets and romance. For some reason, Nico causes Jane to have feelings that go against her rational and practical personality. As their relationship begins to go from boss and employer to something even more, Jane has to be careful, as Nico comes with an attic full of secrets. The emotions between them may be too picture perfect, and letting her guard down might just break her down completely.
April Lindner does an amazing job at modernizing the great classic JANE EYRE, and it tops some of the other classic re-tellings. The plot itself parallels the original, and the characters are so well-developed and intriguing that it does feel like you are reading the classic. JANE is a novel that is part romance and part mystery, and it will leave the reader breathless.
JANE will make readers who have not read JANE EYRE want to go back and pick up the classic to compare the similarities and differences. And with EMMA becoming Clueless, I would not be surprised if JANE was turned into a movie.
By Lydia Presley 25 Oct 2010
Um, hello April Lindner. You might just be my new favorite person.
Let me stop gushing a minute and start this review. Before I start though, I should let you all know that I started this book when I went to bed at 10pm last night. I read until about 2:30am. I went to sleep just after an infamous spooky scene that bore strong resemblances to the original Jane Eyre. I woke up at 5am to a crash (it was thunder) but I couldn't see outside and thought for sure there was a crazy woman in my room. Since I was awake.. and had my light on.. I dove right back into the book and finished it at 8am this morning.
I savored.. no, that's not right, I got drunk on every single word. If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, you might be like me and be a bit hesitant to pick this book up. I mean, modern re-telling? Rock star? Serious? But y'all, it worked. April Lindner didn't give us some hokey rock-star, teenage wanna-be in Jane, what she gave us is a seriously flawed, adult, real character for Mr. Rochester... and Jane, she was perfect. That's all I'll say.
Everything worked - and if you are like me and are a bit hesitant to rush out and buy a book by a debut author, especially when you know it's a retelling of a favorite story, then let me encourage you to at least check it out from the library, enter the contests giving it away or, you know..take a chance like I did and just buy it. It's worth it!
'Lindner, a poet, makes her YA debut with this update of the gothic classic, Jane Eyre. Well-written and faithful to the original, this is a fresh and addictive adaptation' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY