Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
After the bombing, which sent Jane to the hospital, different things become important to her. When she gets to her new school, she isn't interested in being popular. She wants to be happy and find people who will support her in doing things she loves. She finds this in the Janes, but the Janes all have the desire to be part of other groups. One wants to be friends with the popular girl, one wants to be part of the theater crowed, one wants her chance on the athletic field. Jane wants to show them that they don't need that. They're the coolest group around!
I liked that although Jane had a traumatic experience, she refused to let it scare her. She didn't want to hide. It gave her the bravery to do her own thing and not care what people thought. Jane helped the other girls see that they could be happy with who they are. They should embrace their passion and not worry about people who might try to put them down.
There is also a sequel, Janes in Love.