Inspired by her obsession with The Book, Jane Eyre, 14 year old Charlotte is looking for a living breathing Mr Rochester. Worried that she’s been single far too long, she decides it’s her duty to find the perfect man for her lovely Mum (and of course the chance to wear a gorgeous but not too frilly bridesmaid dress would be a bonus).
So when the new French teacher Mr. Grant arrives at school, Charlotte decides immediately he’s the one. Convinced she has engineered the perfect match, Charlotte’s smugness is short lived, as Mr Grant seems to be the complete opposite of perfect! Can Charlotte stop her mum from making a huge mistake? And will her meddling mean she’s too busy to catch her own Mr. Rochester?
Charlotte is THE most adorable character; it’s hard to not fall in love with her. Full of the best intentions this romantic dreamer lets her imagination run riot, usually putting two and two together and coming up with five. I loved how she came to wild conclusions from almost nothing when it came to her Mum’s relationships, it reminds me of some of my own wild wonderings about my parents when I was (a lot!) younger.
I also really appreciated how Kay Woodward made Charlotte an unconventional heroine. A love of books probably isn’t something a young teen would automatically see as cool, but Charlotte manages to make it so. Her passion for Jane Eyre is contagious, and I can imagine many a girl being tempted to go and have a peek herself after reading Jane Airhead.
Jane Airhead is probably suited to the younger teen reader. I know I would have loved reading this when I was aged between 10-14. It’s sweet, funny and with just the right amount of romance to leave you with a big sigh. I’m sure if I’d read this book as a pre teen myself I’d have been inspired by Charlotte, she’s exactly the type of character I’d have aspired to be. It would also have had me dusting off my Mum’s ancient copy of Jane Eyre as soon as I’d finished the last page! I’m passing this on to a friends 12-year-old daughter who I just know will really enjoy it too!
Thanks to the publishers, Anderson Press for sending me this book for review.