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Jane Eyre – Early feminism, dense but compelling.

jane_eyre_largeTitle: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte

Summary: A young girl by the name of Jane Eyre is an orphan without any family as far as she knows. The closest thing to family she has is her abusive aunt and bratty cousins. Jane is a passionate girl and she is very deeply affected by injustice. Because her aunt wants to get rid of her, she sends Jane to school. Lowood isn’t the most ideal school, however. It is lorded over by a strict religious man named Mr. Brocklehurst and Jane can’t stand him. Jane is intelligent, though, so after many years at the school Jane is hired as a governess at a place called Thornfield. She meets Mr. Rochester here, a man whom she grows to love, and she tutors a young French girl by the name of Adele. While here, Jane notices strange occurrences in the house. These strange occurrences increase as the mystery of Thornfield unfolds.

I started reading because: I was interested in reading British literature written by a woman in Victorian society.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because it’s really really slow to pick up and get interesting, but once you finish the story you’re glad you did because it becomes rather compelling.

I loved that Charlotte Bronte originally published the book under a male pen name because of the gender prejudice of the time, let the book get really popular, and then revealed that it was written by a woman. The book also contains feminist elements. I hated how dense it was at times. The settings’ descriptions can be a bit too wordy as well.

If Jane was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: Sit In The Corner At A Party.

Anything else we should know? The main chunk of the action and astonishing reveals are towards the end of the novel. I didn’t want to spoil anything in my summary.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle


Teen Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

TEWWGTitle: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Summary:  Tells the story of Janie, a Negro girl living in Florida at the time of the Jim Crow laws, who sets out to find love after fleeing an arranged marriage.

Why I started reading:  my teacher recommended it.

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  Find love whatever it takes.

This book reminded me of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison because they both deal with the topic of racism, and in both stories, the main character goes on a journey.

Watch out for the plot twist!

–Christina, Northeast Teen Adviser



Tavi Gevison @ Vera – Today!

TaviTavi Gevison will be at The Vera Project today at 1pm to launch Rookie Yearbook Two!

“For those who don’t know Tavi Gevinson, let me bring you up to speed. In 2008, at the age of 12, Gevinson started a fashion blog Style Rookie that drew tens of thousands of readers a day. Due to the success, she was invited to attend New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, commissioned to write articles for fashion magazines, and even landed a modeling gig for a clothing line at Target. In 2011, she decided to stop writing primarily about fashion and founded Rookie Magazine, a blog focusing on issues impacting teenage girls written mainly by teenage girls. Some bold guest contributors included Lena Dunham, Miranda July, & Bethany Consentino. A popular series on the blog is the Ask a Grown Man videos with contributions from Paul Rudd, Jimmy Fallon , and Jon Hamm. In 2012, after releasing a print edition of the magazine, Rookie Yearbook One, Gevinson spoke at TEDxTeen focusing on representation of women in popular culture.

This brings us to 2013 for the release of Rookie Yearbook Two. There is something in Yearbook Two that all woman and even men can relate to. I think Anna Minard from The Stranger says it best, ” The book and the site feel like a riot, a celebration, overflowing with advice and hero worship and a sort of road map to your own agency, no matter what age or gender you are.” (from Vera’s website)

Join the Vera Project today as Tavi Gevinson and other contributors will be reading and signing yearbooks for the launch FOR FREE. They’ll even have a zine workshop in conjunction with Short Run and Elliot Bay.

You don’t want to miss out!