Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

From Goodreads:
Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.
The idea behind this is brilliant and the execution is perfect.  I don't really have just a ton to say about it other than that it's hilarious and made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions.  It reads super fast, so you can either devour it in a night like I did or you can read a few text conversations at a time.  If you're not already into books, you may not get most of the jokes as they all come from well-known works of literature.  I'd only hesitate to recommend this to those who are completely unfamiliar with all works of classic literature.  If you've read even one classic, I think you'll find this delightfully funny.

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