Thursday, July 30, 2009

Book Review: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, Grade: C+

The story starts out with Courtney Stone waking up two hundred years in the past and in a new body, that of Jane Mansfield. She's trying desperately to figure out how to get back to her own time and yet not screw up Jane's life too much in the process. She can't stand Jane's mother and isn't sure about Jane's suitor Mr. Edgefield either. Does she get back and can she assimilate while she's here in Jane's time? Her only comfort is the two published books of Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.

SPOILER ALERT

I really wanted to like this book since I'd heard a lot of great things about it, but I hated the ending, absolutely hated it. Does Courtney get back to her life, does she get together with the person she should be with in her own time? NO! Basically, once she lets go of her individuality then she forgets really who she is and she falls in love with Edgeworth and gets married and then says that she has a vague dream of being somebody else, but she's not sure what it means or what it was. Sorry, but gag. I don't like the idea of us all being one and our individual lives are nothing. I assume it's the same way in her sequel Rude Awakenings..., but with Jane Mansfield in Courtney's body and life. I'll still be reading it, however grating it'll be...

I like being me and I would be devastated to have to be someone I'm not. I know it's just a novel, but I hate the idea of her philosophy...grrrr....

END SPOILER ALERT

But on a good note, it was still fun to see her reactions as a modern woman in a society where women don't have a lot of real power.

Part of the Everything Austen Challenge.

5 comments:

  1. I remember reading this sometime last year, and while I didn't dislike it, it certainly wasn't one of my favorite Jane Austen modern-day heroine time travel books. I'm not sure if I'll be picking up the sequel, hopefully you enjoy it more than you liked this one though!

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  2. Haha this is such a funny review - I can tell it really bothered you. It bothered me at first too, but I got used to it and I kind of grew to like the ending. I couldn't think of a better way to end it.
    I'm looking forward to finding out what happens to Jane when she takes over Courtney's life in the Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.
    Although - the title bothers me because how is Jane a Jane Austen Addict?

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  3. I didn't care for this book either..parts of it just really bugged me.

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  4. I disliked the ending too, but felt that the second book answered some questions I had, so in retrospect appreciated the ending much more after reading book #2.

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  5. I just read this for the Everything Austen Challenge, I was so disappointed in the ending! I wonder if the second book is worth reading, maybe it will help answer some of those questions?

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