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

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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton | Rating: ★★★★★

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. 

If you loved the hilarity that was My Lady Jane, the first installment of The Lady Janies, you're going to adore stepping into this quirky and utterly charming retelling of beloved classic Jane Eyre. While retellings can be tricky to both navigate and get into, the authors behind My Lady Jane move effortlessly and humorously through the story of this particular Jane.

They already established their humorous prose previously ad My Plain Jane solidifies their comedic timing. They, in short, work together beautifully. What I liked most about My Plain Jane is the fact that it weaves together may familiar aspects of the original story, and the face behind it,  and turning it into something new. The one thing readers should do while picking up My Plain Jane? Not take it too seriously and just roll with the punches--you'll automatically have a good time.

I also loved the sarcastic vibe that the prose provides readers. It makes the experience all the more fun. While it doesn't lend a hand in making it particularly unique, it makes the story even more fun than before.

I thought it was clever, too, to have Charlotte be such a massive part of Jane's story. Normally, I'd be opposed to the inclusion of an author in something she'd create (it often seems out of place, if you'd consider it) but something about Charlotte being placed in the plot provides even more humor to what the authors were trying to create. Something charming.

Jane Eyre is a classic for good reason--and this novel does not change that. Retellings aren't for every-one and many fans will, perhaps, turn their nose upwards to My Plain Jane. And that's okay.

While there are those who will do so, there will be many more who enjoy this light tale and will find their way to the classic it is based upon. I thought this was such a fun read for summer and I found myself giggling on more than one occasion. I truly enjoyed My Plain Jane!

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