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…
Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…
A Breath of Eyre was a sweet story about a teenager’s self discovery, her family’s past and about what she wants for herself. From reading the description you might think you were about to read a time travel type of book. But this definitely wasn’t the case. I loved how Mont was able to get her heroine Emma, into the story of Jane Eyre, not in actuality but in her mind. I won’t ruin just how that is pulled off but I thought it was well done and made the story more believable/enjoyable to me.
When I first read the description I thought this was going to be a typical teen romance with some interesting twists coming from her jumping into the story of Jane Eyre. I was way off the mark. This is more of a heavy read centering on issues such as depression, suicide, family turmoil, societal classes and prejudice. So if you are looking for a light romantic young adult book this is not it.
The story itself and all of details were well put together and the characters very believable in their personalities and development. Each character served a distinct purpose in the development of the story.
I know almost all of us can look back on our high school years (or heck if you’re still going through them) and sympathize with the treatment that Emma and her friend receive while attending a private school that is usually for students from families with a much higher income. Issues are brought up here that go beyond the normal teenage hazing of a public school.
Emma’s experiences with her family make you really think about all the little things we leave unsaid and how they could be effecting our overall relationships with our friends and family. While the tone of the book can be a bit of a downer at times the overall delivery did not leave me feeling sad.
I would definitely recommend this one to any reader who wanted to try out a YA book that dares to dig deeper, much more so than a lot of the other YA I have read recently.
On an additional note: I discovered that there are at least 2 more books due to come out, one dealing with Phantom of the Opera and the other The Scarlett Letter. I am pretty sure Mont will do just as good of a job with those two stories. However, knowing that they are going to use the same girl, Emma as the main character makes me less inclined to read them because I feel her story has been told. Plus, I am really not interested in those 2 titles that will be part of the upcoming books.
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*Review Copy provided by Publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.