Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Goodreads Summary: Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.
My review: I have never had such a mixed opinion about a book after reading it. This is a new feeling for me and I almost think I would rather either really love a book or really dislike it because now I don’t have a concrete feeling for the book overall. I do have opinions on certain parts of the book though, since it was kind of split into times of the life of Jane Eyre.
The beginning was Jane Eyre’s life as a 10 year old girl and her living with her horribly mean family, kind of like a fairy tale. She then goes off to a boarding school and there is no plot line whatsoever for this entire part! The first 40-45 percent of the book is based on this and I basically just gave away everything that happens. It was a cute story but it went by so slowly that I found myself wanting to quit reading. This book is one of my mom’s favorites though and I read great reviews on this book and the love story (which was pretty much nonexistent for the first 60%) so I decided to push through it.
Do not judge the book based solely on the first half because the second half was really good. The book would have been better overall if the first half moved faster and had a plot line, or was condensed. As soon as she grew up, it felt like the actual story began. There is a love story, I cannot say too much on that or I will ruin it, but it was really adorable and I am in love with this man. Things did not move quickly with the romance like they do in more modern works so I had to keep reminding myself of how old this book is and it made it better. The story developed, a plot was created, there were actually some plot twists that didn’t involve romance, attachments were made on the main characters and I really enjoyed the second half. The ending was beautiful and lovely and I found myself swooning and smiling to myself like an idiot, but I didn’t care because book romance is amazing.
My opinion on this book is iffy. For me, the second half was good enough that I can kind of forget how boring the first half was, but the problem is getting through the first half. This is not a quick read, but I do recommend it if anyone is in the mood for a good romance or just some good old classic novel reading.
Here are two of my quotes from the book, just for fun:
“[I] never thought of hating because I despised him so absolutely”
“Gathering me to his breast, pressing his lips on my lips: ‘so, Jane!'”
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