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Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Posted by Caitie F on January 18, 2015

Title: Texts from Jane Eyre20695981
Author: Mallory Ortberg
Hardcover: 226 pages
Pub Date: Nov 4, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt
Rating: ++++

Summary 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.


This book is a lot of fun and is laugh of loud funny. As long as you have read the source material (or at least know it). It is so creative and fun. My personal favorites were probably Jane Eyre and Gone with the Wind, but all of them are good.

My one wish is that it would have been longer. When each entry was over, I always hoped there was more.

It is the kind of book you need to own, so when you have read the books that are referenced that would didn’t know before, you can appreciate Ortberg’s brilliance.

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