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Howdy YAL!

I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

Jane - April Lindner really enjoyed this book. Jane Eyre was the first classic I read without being coerced--uh, assigned to read. And I've always been partial to it, I even wrote my senior thesis over it. I liked the fact that Lindner decided to have Rochester inspired character, Nico, be a rockstar and that Jane was his nanny. It was quite fitting . I thought for the most part the characters were acting "in character" as well. Especially the St. John inspired character, he's just as insufferable as the original. Be forewarned though, parts of the book move incredibly slow. Best Feature: Proper Retelling: I really thought this book was true to the original. Sure, the whole Lowood school plot line was dropped. But to be honest about it, I was sort of glad that that plot line was changed. The stuff that happened at that school was more than just a little depressing. Okay, a lot depressing. It could give Dickens a run for it's money in how it fulfills the three d's (death, depression, and destitution). Other changes were made as well. But nothing too detrimental. Worst Feature: River St. John: Ha, seriously this has to be one of the most insufferable characters in literature. Although, Lindner tried to make him likable-after all, he was doing humanitarian work for earthquake victims in Haiti. I just couldn't get behind him. To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2012/02/classic-week-jane-april-lindner.html