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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful read!

"According to Jane" is the story of 15 year-old Ellie who begins hearing the voice of Jane Austen when her sophomore English class starts reading "Pride and Prejudice". Jane becomes Ellie's secret companion over the next 20 years as the novel spans Ellie's life from hig...
"According to Jane" is the story of 15 year-old Ellie who begins hearing the voice of Jane Austen when her sophomore English class starts reading "Pride and Prejudice". Jane becomes Ellie's secret companion over the next 20 years as the novel spans Ellie's life from high school to the age of thirty-four. Ellie is searching for true love (something that seemed to evade the real Jane Austen) but that doesn't stop Jane from giving Ellie advice on the men Ellie dates. Labeling men as "Wickhams" and "Darcys" and "Bingleys", "Jane" is ever ready with the same sharp wit she used in her own novels. Warm, smart, and fast paced, I absolutely loved this book and am now left eagerly awaiting Marilyn Brant's next novel.

posted by Maria_Geraci on October 12, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

According to Jane

According to Jane was an okay book. Very emotional book to read but also somewhat funny. An okay book for a free download.

posted by darkangel_1988 on October 4, 2010

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

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    I was very excited to read this book.  I am an Austen fan and af

    I was very excited to read this book.  I am an Austen fan and after reading the reviews I thought this book would be a sure hit.  Like the characters in this book I was so wrong about so much.




    I understand what the author was attempting to do, and I will say that Ellie seems to be a very close portrayal of so many women today. This book is a realistic look at the journey  for romantic love that many  of us go through- and that is about where the positives end for me.




    Honestly, there so many more things I disliked about this book than that I enjoyed.  First, was anyone else annoyed by all the drinking and driving? There were times that Ellie tried to make it clear that she waited until she was "clear headed" to drive again, but several where it was not clear.  It seems we are to buy into the perception that Ellie is some good girl geek.  Yet there is nothing geeky about her.  Ok, she's smart, got good grades, didn't get along with her older popular sister and younger brother.  Other than that, she's just ... average.  "Jane" tells her over and over at certain points in her life that she is above average, but honestly, that was hard to buy.




    As for Ellie and "Jane" (I can't think of this entity as even a fictional portrayal of Jane Austen), I honestly didn't like either of them.  Ellie in turns seemed weak, stupid, demanding, and shrewish.  I could not figure out why any man would be eager to marry here.  Through out the book she is  demanding commitment from man after man, sometimes after the first romantic ( and I use that term VERY loosely here) occasion.  As for "Jane", she did not come off as witty or wise.  She was annoying, judgmental, snobby, critical, and generally unlikable.  If this person were talking in my head I think i would seriously consider extreme measure to rid myself of them.  The entire book as I read, it did not seem that "Jane" was a seperate entity from Ellie, but really a part of her psyche for which she should receive professional help. 




    The other characters were very flat .  It would have been nice to get to know Sam more, he was featured so prominently in the book and yet in the end I felt I knew him not at all.  Feeling as though he was a stranger made the ending feel very odd, and rushed.  It went against the realism of the rest of the book.  The book felt as though the author was trying to create these big, surprising and romantic moments, but that was a dismal failure. There was nothing surprising or romantic about any of it.  The only thing big here was my disappointment in the attempt.












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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    I bought this book because I really enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and

    I bought this book because I really enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match. It was a sweet book and I really enjoyed the story. 

    This novel was so different, it was like a different writer. I personally don't enjoy sex scenes and skip through them. This book had a lot of those scenes, which was disappointing after reading her other book that didn't go there.

    Aside from those scenes, the book's story line was just okay. Although she wraps it up in a pretty bow in the end, I was not a fan of the major love interest. He was a jerk and a pervert in the beginning. I am not a feminist, women-rule kind of person, but I also hate to see women stick with men who treat them horribly. A guy who tries to fondle you in public, especially when you are not inviting it, is not the kind of guy  that interests me.  

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