Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
By Laurie Viera Rigler; A Plume Book 2009

Summary:For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. Her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet, but it is fitted up with lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and a glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice. Granted, if she wants to travel she may have to drive a formidable metal carriage, but she may do so without a chaperone. And oh, what places she goes! Public assemblies that pulsate with pounding music. Unbound hair and unrestricted clothing. The freedom to say what she wants when she wants-even to men without a proper introduction.

Jane relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry" and "rolling a call"? How can she navigate a world in which entire publications are devoted to brides but flirting and kissing and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations? Even more bewildering are the memories that are not her own. And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home. It's enough to make her wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear-that is, if returning is even an option.

My Review:   I love Jane Austen novels and Jane Austen Fan Fiction novels alike. I found this book at a Walmart sale. When I saw the word Jane Austen, I picked it up and headed for checkout.  I brought this book home and started reading it. About four hours later I finished it.

 I thought this novel to be absolutely hilarious and entertaining. Can you imagine coming from a different century and ending up in the world of today? How confusing and yet exciting would it be? How would you adjust? 

Poor Jane. She was so lost and confused and yet she learned how to deal with her situation and make the best of it. Being trapped in another persons body that isn't your own would be so hard. I laughed throughout this so many times. Jane thoughts and speech was hysterical because it was old fashioned and proper and hearing that today we would think she was a crazy person.

 I seriously loved it and I want the companion novel Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict  to see what happened to Courtney who happens to be in Jane's body. If you are a Jane Austen fan like me then I am pretty sure you will enjoy this read. 

Watch Out For: Kissing, mentioning of sex, drinking, body switching, and some profanity.


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