Thursday, December 18, 2014

book review: Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

The basics: Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters is a humorous take on classic literature. Ortberg humorously imagines interactions between classic characters through text message.

My thoughts: I have not read many classics, but I am moderately familiar with many, many classics. And even with the classics I was not as familiar (ahem, Daisy Miller), it was still easy enough to get the jokes.

I found this book best to read in short spurts because I find text speak annoying and intolerable in large doses. Yes, I use complete sentences and proper punctuation in text messages, but I have fallen hard for emojis.

And it is funny. It's sometimes silly funny and sometimes smart funny. It stretches from ancient Greece (Medea) to modern childhood favorites (The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High). Reading it made me feel super smart, because I almost always got the jokes.

The verdict: Texts From Jane Eyre is a fun, smart read sure to delight young book lovers. If you like to feel smart and laugh (and you like books), it's a fun read--and would make a great holiday gift. 

Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 240 pages
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Source: library

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