19-year-old Jane’s parents are dead after a car crash. She has to drop out of school and take a nanny job to survive. The agency places her with rock star, Nico Rathburn, because she cares little for pop culture. Jane becomes caregiver to his daughter, Maddy. Nico seems puzzled by Jane’s simplicity and non-groupie behavior. Jane really doesn’t know what to think of Nico. If you know the story of Jane Eyre than you will not be surprised by the rest of the plot. April Lindner follows Charlotte Bronte’s story pretty faithfully. Settings are one of the things I love most about books and I was pulled right in. I love how the author describes the Thornfield Park, the beautiful grounds and the barn where Nico’s band rehearsed. I very much enjoyed this book. But mostly it was because of the mood and feeling I had while reading it. I felt like I was at Thornfield Park in the beautiful fields feeling all the same feelings as Jane. I got lost in her world.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Would you want to be a nanny for a celebrity? If so, which one?
Does Nico remind you of any rock stars you like?
Discuss how Jane is not into popular culture. What do you think that would be like?
Compare Jane Moore with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Why do you think Nico is drawn to Jane?
Discuss the tenderness between Nico and Bibi, even though she repeatedly tries to kill him.
Discuss now Nico wants to dress Jane up. Talk about her reaction to that.
When Jane finds out about Bibi, she runs. What would you have done?
Talk about how Nico changed after his injury.
Nico and Jane talked about getting married shortly after becoming a couple. Talk about celebrity marriages that happen quickly and end quickly. Why do you think this happens?
Talk about Jane’s relationship with River. How would that relationship differ from the one with Nico?
Talk about Jane’s relationship with her mother and how she compared her to her sister Jenna.