AR Reading Level: 7.9
On the library stacks: YA/Adult fiction
Recommended for: Ages 16+
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Since I don't think there's really anything I can add to the multiple thoughts, reviews, criticisms, essays and books written about this author and her classic work of literature, here are some random thoughts:
- Why didn't anyone force me to sit down and read this earlier?
- I had no idea this book was so readable. I was bracing myself for stuffy Victorian language and meanderings. But this book is straightforward and, even at times, a downright page turner.
- There were whole sections that I had to go back and re-read numerous times because the language was so beautiful.
- I loved how Bronte dealt with themes of self-respect, integrity, morality, pity, and forgiveness. Sometimes her ideas are complex and I think may require more life experience to appreciate fully. For that reason I would recommend this book for an older teenager.
- I liked how the romance element did not come to fruition in one fell swoop on the second to last page like I think happens too often with Jane Austen. Then again, this was written decades later so maybe social conventions of the time has something to do with it. This book certainly contains much more passion than anything in Jane Austen's writing.
- This is one of the few books I know I will read again. I adored it.