My Plain Jane (Cynthia Hand)

This was such a clever twist on the “true” events behind Jane Eyre! The general idea is that Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte are friends at Lowood school when Mr. Brocklehurst is murdered. A team from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits comes along, led by Alexander Blackwood. He’s got his own reasons for wanting to hire Jane as a seer, but I won’t spoil that part of the story. Basically, Jane can see ghosts and has the potential to be a Beacon, yet she’d much rather be a governess. So through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events, she conveniently ends up as a governess at Thornfield Hall…

The twists on the original story ranged from hilarious to straight up clever, but I think my favorite parts were the little details in each character. I loved how Charlotte had a notebook where she wrote down all of the rumors and good lines friends said… it just seemed like such a writer thing to do. The little boy who’s a SWRS agent and is all “I see dead people” was pretty funny too.

This totally felt like a British comedy sketch of a murder mystery! I reallllly hope these authors continue to retell British history and/or literature because I am 100% here for all of it.

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Wrap Up

  • 9/10
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    Young Adult
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    Classic Romance
  • 5/10
    Ghost Busters

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Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel MY PLAIN JANE (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with two cats, one crazy puppy, two kids, and an entourage of imaginary friends.


No doubt! I had been waiting for this book for over a year and it didn’t disappoint! The authors of My Lady Jane are back with a fun and whimsical take on my favorite book, Jane Eyre!

Paul M. Hague
Paul M. Hague

This is a great book.Actually,love it.

Helen Starnes
Helen Starnes

I never get tired of Cynthia handbooks, They
always have something new to offer. This book
is a clever tale and twist of Jane Eyre. I would
want you to read the story and decide how well it’s written. It has humor which has presented
in a different way.5 stars.