A scholarship student at an exclusive prep school, Emma Townsend feels like an outsider. Her stepmother doesn't come close to filling the void left by her mother's death. And her only romantic prospect - apart from a crush on her English teacher - is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma's confusion. "Escape" comes in the old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre that Emma receives as a gift. Then a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane's body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma experiences a sense of belonging she's never felt before, and a growing attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane's story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own...
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Emma must go on her own journey. She has depth. She is torn. I loved how Mont gave her multiple dimensions. She moves flawlessly through two realities, her own world and that of Jane's Yorkshire,England. Monte has classic style storytelling. The reader does not get lost through the changes of time and is allowed to feel the same jarring that Emma feels when she is first torn away into a different world.
The female reader can instantly connect to Emma whether she is 12 or 65; the sense feeling confident yet unsure, too visible yet invisible, safe yet uncertain, and yet a sense of where you are going but not where you came from. The woman who wants to speak her mind yet hides her courage behind locked doors.
I have to admit my love affair with Jane Eyre started to diminish after years of teaching the novel. I would like to thank Eve Marie Monte for allowing me to fall in love with the novel all over again. I recommend this book to readers who have read Jane Eyre (even if you didn’t like it) and those who have yet to discover the magic locked in its pages. Looking forward to her next novel with bated breath.
Emma is a scholarship student to a very expensive prep school. She's bored and wants something more and when she gets an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre, she falls in love with the story. Later, after she's struck by lightning, she finds herself transported to the story as Jane Eyre. This part of the story was my favorite. But there's something not quite the same with the version that's she living and the story we all know. While at Thornfield she finds that she has choices to make. Choices that can change the outcome of the story.
Gray is her childhood friend that ends up not being what the gossip makes him out to be. Emma isn't sure whether to trust her heart or continue to compare him to Mr. Rochester, who looks an awful lot like her English teacher. One thing I loved about this book is that it doesn't play up the school girl crush on her high school teacher but rather gives Emma choices that are more realistic. Her room-mate Michelle is outspoken but also shows some vulnerabilities that ring true. There's also the mean girl, Elise, who's almost too nasty. I kind of wanted to see a chip in her mean armor that wasn't just that she was a pot head.
Great premise with writing that sweeps you right along. I want more! There's two more books in this series. Next year Emma ends up in the Scarlet letter in the book A Touch of Scarlet. A total must read for fans of Austen and those who love a historical based YA with some paranormal elements.
2. Great chemistry between Emma and her childhood friend Gray
3. Great way to get teens interested in reading the classic
I thought it was very clever how the real people she knew where other people in Jane's life. Anna as Adele, Mr Rochester and her english teacher, and her french teacher as the head maid. This made it mirror her life, so it bought a new twist. I love the ending of her leaving Jane's life, saying that her and Jane were very different, as Jane stuck to the rules and forgave Mr Rochester, where as Emma was a rebel!
I thought the ending was pretty lame, as the Jane Eyre part of the book had died away, and went back to a realistic teenager's life (except with the lightning and other incidents). The father and daughter connection was really nice, and I loved it.
I think this book needed to change the ending, but it was really awesome other than that one part. I think everyone should read this book!