My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadow, and Brodi Ashton

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If you are like me, you loved My Lady Jane two years ago. My Plain Jane is my most anticipated book this year. So much so I bought the Owlcrate to get the exclusive edition, which wasn’t only signed but it just happened to be my favorite color, purple.

This is the true story behind the classic novel. Jane Eyre sees dead people. All the time. Thery’re everywhere (OK, the Lady Janies didn’t make that reference, not completely, but I had to). Her best friends are Cholotte Btonte and the ghost of her friend Helen. To avoid the Royal Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits from trying to recruit her, she flees to Thornfield. There she meets Rochester and the plot of the famous novel follows. Mostly. But with more ghosts and mayhem and Jane getting a far more appropriate and happy ending. Because, let’s face it, Rochester is no Darcy.

Along for the ride is Alexander Blackwood, a ghostbuster from the SRWS, and yes I kept reading that throughout as ROUS. How could I not? Alex falls head over heels in love with Charlotte and helps the girls discover what’s really going on at Thornfield and why Rochester is such an ass.

The novel was sprinkled with reference to to numerous fandoms. Most notably Pride and Prejudice (staring with that hilarious and oh so true dedication), Ghostbusters, and of course, The Princess Bride. Others included: Emma by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Harry Potter, The Sixth Sense, Star Wars, My Lady Jane, and probably a few I either didn’t know or missed for some reason.

MPJ is hilariously funny, whatever you do, don’t drink anything while you read it, you may end up snorting it up your nose (no, I didn’t do that, but I know I would have if I’d tried to eat and drink while reading this). Every time I got to a new reference I laughed harder. It’s brilliant really. And a much better story than the original.

All in all, this is one of my all time favorites. One of the best books I’ve ever read, and definitely a best of 2018 if not the best. I give it Five Lightsabers.

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