Book review by Aarene Storms: Jane

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna, 
illustrated by Ramon K. Perez

Jane grew up as an unloved orphan in her aunt's house. As soon as she is able, she leave the aunt behind and heads to New York to study art. Once there, she needs a job and finds one: as nanny to the under-loved daughter of Edward Rochester, Extremely Rich Guy.

This graphic novel retelling of the classic Jane Eyre transports the story across the pond and into the present day. Some elements totally work: the affection between Jane and young Adele, for example.

However, the romantic fascination between Mr. Rochester and Jane which was intriguing in the original story feels creepy in the modern days of the "Me Too" movement.

The artwork is beautiful, and admirers of the original will be beguiled by this interpretation, but I doubt that new readers will be drawn to Bronte by way of this book.

Recommended for Bronte fans, ages 12 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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