Friday, 23 October 2009

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

From Amazon: What's not to love about Jane Eyre? Gothic and passionate, it features the ultimate male hero - Mr Rochester. And that gives Charlotte a top idea: she'll look for a new Mr Rochester for her lovely mum. So when Charlotte finds the ideal man, she can't believe her luck. He's dark, brooding and mysterious. He's PERFECT. But the real-life romantic hero also turns out to be sarcastic and rude. Does Charlotte really want her mum marrying him? Perhaps it would have been better if Mr Rochester had stayed between the covers of Charlotte's favourite novel...?

Jane Airhead is a humorous look at teen life and relationships, as seen through the eyes of Jane Eyre enthusiast Charlotte. The use of Jane Eyre references is a great homage to Charlotte Brontë, and has now made me want to check out the book. As someone who doesn't do too well with classic literature, this is quite an achievement on Kay Woodward's behalf.

The characters throughout Jane Airhead are all thoroughly entertaining, with problems and disagreements that all teenagers and mothers and daughters face at one point or another. The male characters are realistic, especially Jack, a boy not sure how to show his emerging feelings for Charlotte. The fast paced plot made for a fun read, as did Charlotte's determination to find her mum her very own Mr. Rochester. Schemes like this never go according to plan, which is a lesson Charlotte soon learns when she confronts her mum about the mysterious new teacher Mr. Grant.

I love UK teen books -- they're always written in a certain style, and are usually lighthearted and funny. After reading so many books that focus on serious topics, it's a nice change to pick up a story with no major drama, and this is why I enjoyed Jane Airhead so much. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more novels by Kay Woodward, and until then, I'm going to get over my fear of the classics and dig out a copy of Jane Eyre.


9 comments:

Chicklish said...

Oh, this sounds great! Thank you for the review - I'll definitely look out for this book. We have a review of another Kay Woodward book going up early next week (Skate School).

Chicklish said...

P.S. There's a Jane Eyre graphic novel that you might enjoy. The text is unabridged but our reviewer loved the illustrations:
http://keris.typepad.com/chicklet/2008/12/review-jane-eyre-the-graphic-novel-unabridged-version-by-charlotte-bronte.html

Just thought I'd mention it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds so good! I know what you mean about classics though, English Lit has made me hate them! ESpecially Great Expectations *shudder* :)

Kate said...

This sounds really good. I know how school can turn anyone off classic literature. Although it has never really had that affect on me. Mayabe I'm just strange that way. "Jane Airhead" sounds like a fun read. Great review!

Thao said...

Another lovely UK teen read. I'd love to check it out sometimes. Cute cover, by the way.

Lauren said...

This sounds really cute! I'm not a major classics fan either. If I'm honest, Jane Airhead sounds *way* more fun than Jane Eyre.

Becky said...

This sounds like a fun one to add to the School Library. Thanks.

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