Review: A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Title: A Breath or Eyre
Author: Eve Marie Mont
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Paperback, 342 pages

Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher 

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre… 

My thoughts:
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont is a coming of age story about a girl named Emma. Emma is a bit of a loner. She lives with her dad and step-mom, with whom she feels she has little in common. She also attends a prestigious prep school on scholarship. This doesn't make her very popular with the queen bee on campus who makes it her mission in life to make her chosen 'pet' as miserable as possible. Unfortunately for Emma this year's 'pet' is her roommate, Michelle. Michelle is also a scholarship student and she feels vastly out of place. She is very talented and brave but has some anger issues. Emma also has some major boy trouble. She has a crush on her English Teacher but also has love/hate feelings for her longtime friend, Gray Newman. 
Emma receives her mom's old copy of Jane Eyre for her birthday and serendipitously decides to write a paper on Jane. However things get crazy when Emma is transported into Jane Eyre and becomes none other than Jane herself. The lessons Emma learns as Jane applies to her own life as well. These lessons help her deal with the past as well as the present. The situation though different have similarities. Emma starts to doubt Jane's choices as well as her own. 
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time. So of course this book would interest me.  Eve Marie Mont did a great job translating the classic story while also making it modern. Mont points out that we have a lot we can learn, good and bad, from literature. Overall this was a great read. I enjoyed both sides of the story, Jane and Emma's. A Breath of Eyre also made me look at Jane Eyre in a different light as well.  A Breath of Eyre really is a breath of fresh Eyre.  
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  1. I'm glad to read a review from someone who has also read Jane Eyre as that just gives you additional knowledge of where the author was coming from. My feelings on this have wavered based on differing reviews but I'm now leaning back toward the "want-to-read" scale. Thanks for more info about this book!


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