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Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. Bu Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. But when the skies clear, Jane realizes the wind has blown in something worse than annoying boys: Her mother, Susan, and Susan's new fiancé, Erik, have flown all the way from Hollywood to file for custody and bring Jane back to California. Now she needs to find a mate for her marine biologist father and figure out what's truly important about Whickett Harbor, so she can prove to her mother that this is where she's meant to stay.


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Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. Bu Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. But when the skies clear, Jane realizes the wind has blown in something worse than annoying boys: Her mother, Susan, and Susan's new fiancé, Erik, have flown all the way from Hollywood to file for custody and bring Jane back to California. Now she needs to find a mate for her marine biologist father and figure out what's truly important about Whickett Harbor, so she can prove to her mother that this is where she's meant to stay.

30 review for The Next Great Jane

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    A determined writer and a haughty science geek find themselves stuck together during a hurricane. When the wind winds down and the rain stops falling, they find their lives ever complicated by that day. Jane's voice shines through brightly in The Next Great Jane. She knows who she is. She knows she loves her small seaside town of Whickett Harbor. Most of all, she knows she loves her father and couldn't bare to be taken away from him. I felt like I really got to know why Jane loved her small town. A determined writer and a haughty science geek find themselves stuck together during a hurricane. When the wind winds down and the rain stops falling, they find their lives ever complicated by that day. Jane's voice shines through brightly in The Next Great Jane. She knows who she is. She knows she loves her small seaside town of Whickett Harbor. Most of all, she knows she loves her father and couldn't bare to be taken away from him. I felt like I really got to know why Jane loved her small town. I could imagine myself smelling the sea air which added to a wonderful atmosphere that reminded me of summer in Florida. The added environmental discussion was surprisingly interesting as I was not bored reading about plankton. Who would have thought? The tenuous relationship between Jane and her mother was well thought out. I was invested in seeing how her relationship with her mother would change throughout the story. At first, I thought her father's absent-mindedness with forgetting to buy food (Anna, the babysitter, stocked up their refrigerator) and his overall silliness in the beginning of the story would become a problem with me liking his character. However, you really see him as a strong and caring father figure in Jane's life later on in the story. I liked seeing Jane and Devon discovering that maybe you shouldn't judge someone right away because there might be more to them than first meets the eye. Lastly, Jane's writing progression was so well done. She had ups and downs when it came to her writing but ultimately it came together in the most perfect way. The main weakness I found was that I would have liked to get more of Devon's side of things regarding his parent's divorce and his feelings on his absent father. His family dynamic mirrored Jane's so it would have been nice to see a conversation between him and his mother since he had some pent up frustrations towards her at the beginning of the story. Explorations of his brother and sister's thoughts and feelings would have been interesting too. Kitty was another figure that could have been examined more as well since she was raised by her grandmother and lost her parents. She could have added more layers within the story instead of just being an ordinary side character. However, I truly didn't think about this while I was reading. I was thoroughly immersed with K.L. Going's writing and enjoyed my reading experience. The Next Great Jane was a wonderfully layered story with a focus on family, writing, environmentalism, and second chances set in the perfect seaside atmosphere of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Thanks to Dial Books (Penguin Group) and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Next Great Jane in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Funny, charming, and just a hint of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Neeb

    Thank you #NetGalley for the eARC of #TheNextGreatJane. To me this was mostly a modern day middle grade Jane Austen book, except for the science. I really appreciated that the author gave a lot of insight into their science project, which allowed for the reader to learn new things, and move this beyond a modernized Jane Austen book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was such a cute story! As a fan of Jane Austen’s work, I loved how the author incorporated some themes from Austin’s novels into this book. The main reason this story works is because it focuses more on character’s personalities instead of the plot, similar to Austen’s novels. The author wrote the characters very well!I loved Jane as the main character. She is complex and vulnerable, yet head strong to succeed. I loved he [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was such a cute story! As a fan of Jane Austen’s work, I loved how the author incorporated some themes from Austin’s novels into this book. The main reason this story works is because it focuses more on character’s personalities instead of the plot, similar to Austen’s novels. The author wrote the characters very well!I loved Jane as the main character. She is complex and vulnerable, yet head strong to succeed. I loved her friendship with Devon as well. Devon and Jane reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice , and Jane’s date reminded me of Mr. Woodstock from Emma . Susan, Jane’s mother is also one of those character you just love to hate. Erik is hilarious and gave a humorous spin to the story. Another reason why I really liked this story was on the interesting information provided on marine ecosystems. I had no any idea about plankton and how vital they are for our environment, until I read this book. I really wish that the author wrote my science books as well when I was in school because she makes science sound so interesting by highlighting the important of why they are important and what would happen without them. The only criticism I have for the story is in the details. I wished it had been longer. Even after reading the story, I feel like we didn’t get to know any of the characters very well except Jane and her father. I wished we knew more about Devon at least, if not any of the other characters. Moreover, I also thought Ana was very complex who we don’t get to know. Apart from that, I really enjoyed reading “The Next Big Jane” I know Jane Austin enthusiasts would also enjoy reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sanchez

    Jane Brannen is a budding writer who loves Jane Austen. She lives with her marine biologist father in a small town, Whickett Harbor, Maine, where nothing of interest seems to happen. Then, a famous romance author comes to town, and Jane sneaks into the author event to learn the secret of good writing. A hurricane disrupts Jane's chance to meet the author, and she's now thrown together with the author's obnoxious son, Devon. Jane's long absent mother flies into town from Hollywood with her boyfri Jane Brannen is a budding writer who loves Jane Austen. She lives with her marine biologist father in a small town, Whickett Harbor, Maine, where nothing of interest seems to happen. Then, a famous romance author comes to town, and Jane sneaks into the author event to learn the secret of good writing. A hurricane disrupts Jane's chance to meet the author, and she's now thrown together with the author's obnoxious son, Devon. Jane's long absent mother flies into town from Hollywood with her boyfriend, Erik. She's supposedly there because of her concern for her daughter, but Jane soon learns her mother is seeking custody because Erik wants a family. Jane and Devon find themselves involved in a scheme, based on science, to connect their parents so that Jane can live with her father permanently. In a nod to Jane Austen, a twist in events helps Jane's father find true love and helps Jane find true happiness.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Next Great Jane is a story many kids will be able to relate to. Jane's looking for to become a world class writer, but when her chance at meeting a famous author gets waylaid, she could never imagine how much her world would change. Her mom drops in from California hoping to whisk Jane away to the Hollywood life she never wanted. The new boy ends up being her science partner, and she can't decide if she I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Next Great Jane is a story many kids will be able to relate to. Jane's looking for to become a world class writer, but when her chance at meeting a famous author gets waylaid, she could never imagine how much her world would change. Her mom drops in from California hoping to whisk Jane away to the Hollywood life she never wanted. The new boy ends up being her science partner, and she can't decide if she hates him or thinks he's not so bad. I liked that Jane grew to stand up for herself and find her passion over the course of the two weeks of this story. It was a quick read, and I think there will be many readers who can identify with Jane's struggle with her mom.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Jane wants to be the next great writer, and what better way to perfect her skills than attending the visit of a published author! She is so excited to see her favorite author speak that she risks going out in a hurricane to do it. What she learns, though, is that there is no big secret that will make her a great writer. Readers that dream of writing themselves will love to dive into Jane's quaint, Maine town. They will relate to her idealistic fantasies and cringe-worthy mistakes. Even if reader Jane wants to be the next great writer, and what better way to perfect her skills than attending the visit of a published author! She is so excited to see her favorite author speak that she risks going out in a hurricane to do it. What she learns, though, is that there is no big secret that will make her a great writer. Readers that dream of writing themselves will love to dive into Jane's quaint, Maine town. They will relate to her idealistic fantasies and cringe-worthy mistakes. Even if readers do not want to be writers themselves, they will be able to sympathize with Jane. From battling with the new boy, to barely tolerating her estranged mother, Jane - both fallible and lovable - learns a lot about what it means to be a friend, a daughter, a scientist and a writer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A little Jane-Austen style matchmaking, a young writer trying to find her voice and figure out the sudden arrival of her mostly absent mother, a solid infusion of science and the trials of growing up - all in one charming and funny book. Going provides a lot of fun, really engaging characters and a great setting in small town coastal Maine as well as a tip of the bonnet to Going's favorite author, Jane Austen. Delightful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth Dettman

    The characters were a little over the top, but still pretty good for this middle grade read. I really liked the main character’s arc, even though I wasn’t a huge fan and f the plot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by Follett First Look Jane lives with her father in Whickett Harbor, a very small fishing community. Her father is a scientist who studies plankton, and her mother left years ago to become a Hollywood actress and director, and hasn't been as involved in her life as Jane might like. Instead, much of her care is in the hands of Ana, who lives nearby, and Granny V, who is raising Jane's best friend Kitty. When a famous author comes to the local library, Jane (who wants to be an author) ARC provided by Follett First Look Jane lives with her father in Whickett Harbor, a very small fishing community. Her father is a scientist who studies plankton, and her mother left years ago to become a Hollywood actress and director, and hasn't been as involved in her life as Jane might like. Instead, much of her care is in the hands of Ana, who lives nearby, and Granny V, who is raising Jane's best friend Kitty. When a famous author comes to the local library, Jane (who wants to be an author) wants to go, but is not allowed because the event is adults only. Instead, she breaks into the attic of the library, where she meets snooty Devon, whose mother is the famous writer J.E. Fairfax. The two have quite an adventure in a storm, but all ends well. When Jane's mother and her fiance come to visit, Jane and Kitty are concerned that her mother will try to get custody. They think it would be helpful for her father's custody status if he had a girlfriend. Who better than J.E. Fairfax, who seems interested in him?! Of course, Jane and Devon had a rocky start, but his siblings, Matthew and Caroline are nice, and soon the two families are doing a lot together. There is a school project on environmental matters, and Devon and Jane are working on plankton. Kitty has enlisted Matthew to help with a Butterfly Ball that will be held at the Fairfax's large estate (which they renovated before moving in). There is an ill-fated boat ride, local trips with her mom and Erik, and the Butterfly ball, all of which help shape Jane's ideas about her parents are her life with them, and which also reveal some surprising relationships. Strengths: This had a lot of good details about what it is like to live in a small, coastal community, and I appreciated that the fact that there isn't much cultural diversity in some of these communities was addresses. The descriptions of the school were interesting; I can't imagine having the same teacher for three years, or so few students. Jane's family situation was interesting, even though the stress was palpable. There aren't many middle grade books that address the issues of custody, and there should be! The Fairfax family was delightful, and the book didn't dwell on Jane's interest in writing, which was good because I don't think many of my students even know who Jane Austen is! Weaknesses: I've read so many books with children getting caught out in storms lately, but Going gets points for starting with this rather than making it the climax of the book! What I really think: I didn't think I would like this one because of the connection with Jane Austen and Jane's writing (there are so many books with students who want to write!), but both of these things were minimal, and the focus of this book was on the family dynamics and the big school projects, which was fun. Will definitely purchase.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    Loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is a definite must-read. I love how the author weaved Jane Austen into the story while not overpowering the plot. Middle grade readers will relate to Jane and her experiences.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book like the girl who speak spare is amazing and is one of my new favorites.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    A mix of a homage to Jane Austen, and a modern STEM novel for MG kids, The Next Great Jane is a well paced novel with likable characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nora

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mompop

  22. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Rogolino

  23. 5 out of 5

    The Marvelous Ms. Kaia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth Raff

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen Blair

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

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