My Plain Jane

My Plain Jane

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ISBN-13: 9780062652775
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 6,060
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.41(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the Unearthly trilogy, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an MFA and a PhD in fiction writing (although please don’t refer to her as “Dr. Hand,” as that’s the name of a cartoon super villain). She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, who loves typewriters as much as she does, two cats, two kids, one crazy dog, and a mountain of books.


BRODI ASHTON is also the author of Everneath, a VOYA Perfect 10 for 2011; Everbound; and Evertrue; and the coauthor, with Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, of My Lady Jane. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi lives in Utah with her family. You can visit her online at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com


Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and the Fallen Isles trilogy and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller My Lady Jane. Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com.

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My Plain Jane 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read during a free promo. Well written, historically reasonable alternative given the world building. A little YA, but still fun for grown ups.
ruthsic 13 days ago
Much like My Lady Jane, this book is a comic retelling with paranormal elements; where My Lady Jane was a historical retelling, this one is the retelling of Jane Eyre, and adds a fourth wall element to it. You don’t need to have read either My Lady Jane or Jane Eyre to follow this one, but having an idea of the barebones plot of the latter is a good thing while going into this one, if only to catch the inside jokes. Much like My Lady Jane, this one is told by the Lady Janies aka the three authors of this series, and they tell it much like as if you were sitting and having tea with them. It is a fun-filled retelling, lots of anachronistic jokes, and some deliberate bending of history. In My Plain Jane, we have three POVs – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, and Alexander Blackwood (who is a ghostbuster-esque agent). If you are wondering how the author met her character, in this story, the Jane is a teacher-friend of hers from whom the young teen Charlotte derives inspiration from. Much like the original, Jane falls for Rochester and all, but there are several marked differences: there are ghosts in this book, which have their own canon in this universe. The addition of ghosts allows for the plot to have an extended story, with Helen (Jane’s childhood friend) still hanging around in ghost form to deliver snarky commentary, a royal coup being planned with the aid of ghosts, and an interesting twist in the Rochester family history. The addition of Alexander as a ghostbuster (I will call him that because this joke is made in the novel) is hilarious, because at first it seems like he will be a love interest for Jane, but then he isn’t. Charlotte is a young rebel, who wants to be a writer but just can’t decide what exactly she wants to write. Both of them also have a funny habit of carrying around a notebook in which they constantly write things. The character of Jane is much like the Jane of the original, only she actually gets a backbone after that betrayal. She is also able to see ghosts, much like Alexander, and Helen is her secret companion. She initially hates on Alexander because she thinks he is tormenting the ghosts, and he keeps attempting to recruit her for his organization, which is where the main plot of the story comes into play. Meanwhile, Charlotte and her younger brother Branwell are his assistants, who are helping him with his mission, and later on they all thwart a power grab by a Duke. The story is a bundle of laughs, that goes without saying. There are constant jokes, snarky comments and little wink-wink inside jokes thrown in, so it is entertaining throughout. I found myself laughing quite frequently throughout the book, and also going ‘awwww’ at the romance (not the one you are thinking). The authors also change things around, like introducing burlap sacks and stuff, and a lot of contemporary references – there are jokes calling out The Princess Bride, Jane Austen novels, Harry Potter, the current US administration, and also frequent jokes about propriety and fashion in that era. There is also a sneak appearance of the characters from My Lady Jane. Basically, it is a delight to catch all these references too. However, there was one aspect in which this did not match up to My Lady Jane. That book had an airtight plot, but this one, in the retelling forgoes explaining much of the original story. You see, with the twist delivered in this book, it doesn’t match what happens in the first half of it. The time when Rochester’s wa
Anonymous 10 months ago
Poltergeists, possessions, pop culture references… My Plain Jane takes the story of Jane Eyre, Edward Rochester, and company to a whole new level. My Plain Jane is a retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous novel, but it’s so much more than that. In the hands of The Lady Janies (authors Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton), Jane Eyre’s story becomes one not of duty and romance, but of adventure, friendship, and ghosts. It also answers the interesting question “What if Jane Eyre had the ability to see ghosts?” With that prompt in mind, this novel takes off on a wild adventure with interesting turns and familiar faces who get caught in some unfamiliar situations. Take what you *think* you know about Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë and throw it out the window. You’ll enjoy My Plain Jane so much more if you do. Don’t get me wrong. I’m fascinated by history and most classic literature. (I say *most* because I’m not a Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice does nothing for me. #SorryNotSorry) I love reading stories with rich historical contexts and learning more about cultures through fiction. *But* when a piece of historical fiction expertly pulls off an idea that at first seems too crazy to work (like Jane Eyre seeing ghosts or women fighting in the infantry during World War II)? I’m in. I have no trouble letting go of my historical accuracy hat and just enjoying myself. And honestly? Nobody does alternate histories and historical retellings better than The Lady Janies.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Another fabulous book! I absolutely loved the witty, fantastical first book "My Lady Jane" and was so excited to hear there was a second. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. "My Plain Jane" has all of the same charm that I loved in the first book, complete with a new cast of characters. The unexpected twists on a classic piece like "Jane Eyre" were fun and intriguing, especially for someone who has recently read the original. Once again, this book has captured my attention and my heart!
Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
Well, The Lady Janies (authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows) have done it again with their retelling of Jane Eyre. This was another incredible tale of another Jane, and I had a blast reading this one too. Using a lot of wit, humor, and a few Easter eggs, My Plain Jane is the story of Jane Eyre, her best friend, Charlotte Bronte, and ghosts! I have never read Jane Eyre, but I sort of know the story, and it always seemed like such a dark and gloomy tale. I was never really interested in reading it before. This was not THAT story! This one went places I never expected and was anything BUT dark and gloomy. My Plain Jane was just plain fun! I can't wait to see how these three amazing authors twist up the story of Calamity Jane, which is what they're tackling next. Well done, ladies!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved My Lady Jane and was so excited to get to this one and will admit to not really knowing anything about Jane Eyre going into it. I liked Jane and Charlotte well enough. I enjoyed their fierce loyalty and friendship. Alexander was fantastically stoic, but it was Helen that stole every scene she was in. Plot wise it was just okay? And yes, that’s a question. Things do happen and there’s a lot of ghost action. Of course there was some great and fun commentary from the narrator, yet sadly, nothing captivated me. Overall, I liked it, but could have easily set it down and never finished it. **Huge thanks to HarperTeen for providing the arc free of charge**
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars . I went into this not knowing anything. I hadn't read the first book, which you don't have to do. I was seeing it everywhere and a lot of talk about this one. I came across it on Edelweiss and was lucky enough to have the publisher send me an eARC of this book. Thank you, HarperCollins! This book takes some of the elements from Jane Eyre and turns it into a ghost mystery adventure. Jane turns out to be a really important person, since she is a Seer, that can see ghosts. This was a quick, light, fun read. I didn't attach to the characters too much. I think if any of them, it would have been Charlotte (Bronte). She was funny and always questioning everything. I also liked Helen, who was a ghost. She added some great comedic relief and very plainly the most level headed at times, which was ironic in a way. I haven't read Jane Eyre (I know!) but I didn't feel lost at all. I have seen a couple versions of the movie, so I know the gist of the story. I did like the little twits and turns from the original story and how they implemented it into this world. There were some quirky parts. I liked the nod to "my precious" and "You killed my father, now you must die." Anyone notice those?! Overall, a fun and light read!