Snow Falling

Snow Falling

It’s been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut!Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peabody Award–winning The CW dramedy, has followed Jane’s telenovela-esque life—from her accidental artificial insemination and virgin birth to the infant kidnapping and murderous games...

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  • Caitlin

    I wanted it to be a lil better tbh but Jane the Virgin is my favourite show so OF COURSE I LOVED IT. Even though this is about Michael, I’m team Raf for life byeeeeee

  • Jessica

    I am normally not a romance reader nor a novelty tie-in reader, but I fucking love

    so fucking much that I want to read the hell out of this.

  • Aoife

    If anyone watches Jane the Virgin, they know exactly what this book is - Jane and Michael's love story and how it should have ended. This is basically the entire first season of Jane the Virgin summed up into a 240 page novel set in the 1900s. The characters have been renamed and it's set a long time in the past (before accidental artificial insemination could happen) but it's the story we all know and love.

    I didn't go into this expecting a mind-blowing story. I went in for those Michael and Jan

    If anyone watches Jane the Virgin, they know exactly what this book is - Jane and Michael's love story and how it should have ended. This is basically the entire first season of Jane the Virgin summed up into a 240 page novel set in the 1900s. The characters have been renamed and it's set a long time in the past (before accidental artificial insemination could happen) but it's the story we all know and love.

    I didn't go into this expecting a mind-blowing story. I went in for those Michael and Jane feels, and that's exactly what I got. The story is a bit simple and cheesy at times, and far from historically accurate but I still enjoyed it.

    #TeamMichael forever.

  • Selene

    This is exactly what I expected it to be.

  • Megan

    I was only interested in reading this book because it was a tie-in to the "Jane the Virgin" TV show. The story line is almost an exact copy of the TV show's, just change the time period and how the pregnancy happened. The only part I liked about this book was the ending

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  • karen

    no extry points. just...romance.

    you might look at the two-star rating i have given this book and say, “well, yeah - you don’t like romance novels, karen, so obviously you wouldn’t like this.”

    and it’s true - i am not a fan of the genre, and lines like

    no extry points. just...romance.

    you might look at the two-star rating i have given this book and say, “well, yeah - you don’t like romance novels, karen, so obviously you wouldn’t like this.”

    and it’s true - i am not a fan of the genre, and lines like

    make me squirm, but that’s just a taste thing, and i’ve been schooled around the readers’ advisory block enough to know how to put my personal preferences aside when necessary in order to assess a book’s merits through a filter of pure objectivity.

    thing is, it's not (only) the romance aspect that ruined the book for me. the biggest problem is that the book is inconsistent with its own origin story.

    quick aside - i do watch

    . it is a cheesy-sweet romance-centric show, not my usual thing, but dana kept bugging me to watch it (i miss you, dana!!!), and once i start something, i see it through, so even though it is not my favorite thing on teevee, it's one of those second-tier shows i watch while i'm peeling vegetables or sewing on buttons or whatnot. (do not ask me about my third-tier shows).

    before we discuss the book part of the book, this is what appears on its back cover, next to the “author” photo of actress gina rodriguez:

    these are the events of the show. if this book is meant to be based on those specific events, it has done a poor job of it.

    and if it is meant to be the book jane is writing on the show, it is also consistent with

    .

    correct me if i'm wrong on any of this, and i know you will. on the show, jane’s big breakthrough moment as a writer was when she realized that she could write through her grief and incorporate michael’s death into this romance she was writing about her abuela, and it became both cathartic and gave the story more literary weight.

    is supposed to be that book.

    it is not. first of all, it’s barely historical - it's very easy to keep forgetting it's supposed to be 1902 - there are no historical details, no context to ground the reader, no sense that life was any different then - for women and immigrants especially. instead, all the characters are more or less as they appear in the show, with different names, occasionally slightly different professions.

    one difference is that the sex is consensual and the pregnancy a result of that sex rather than a medical oopsie (which is, i suppose, ONE concession to historical authenticity).

    second of all, it is

    about her grandparents' relationship at all. it is about a character who is writing a story about her grandparent’s relationship. got that?

    is a show written about a woman writing a book about a character writing a book. the book on the show is about her grandparents, the book published pretending to be the book published on the show is not, and its "whatness" is used as a plot point to propagate another book into existence.

    in the book, she is never the target of any crime lord, although her fiancé is.

    speaking of that fiancé, the dumbest deviation is that - spoiler alert - michael does NOT die in this book.

    so in what way is this the book "as seen on Jane the Virgin?" because the blurbs are by characters from the show? because it has the same title?

    the only reason this book got published is because of the show, and it doesn't even follow its own rules! you had one job!

    a more accurate synopsis would be:

    as a novelty item attached to a show, it's fine - you don't expect great writing from something ghostwritten by someone who was probably forced to shoehorn their writing into a premade mold of expectations and restrictions.

    taking that fan-appeal away from it, it's just not a good book, it is both cheesy AND corny

    the writing is clunky and unsophisticated; exposition without nuance, dialogue without grace:

    "wondered aloud" is particularly vexing.

    also, the word “spunky” appears far too many times. gross.

    the characters are shockingly superficial - even in a romance-fantasy, no man is going to feel guilty and apologize to his fiancée for feeling conflicted about the fact that she got herself knocked up after letting some other dude take her virginity. the first time he gets to experience sexual bliss with a woman he's loved for two years is after she's already pooped some rich guy's baby out of her stretched-out bliss-hole. that earns you some justified ambivalence in my book. not in this book.

    anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with the show would be baffled by the interjections of the om narr which are dumb-charming on the show but completely distracting and unnecessary on the page. it's also another example of how little this project was thought through, because the show's om narr isn't part of jane's

    , he's part of the framing device that is presenting jane's life as a telenovela (which encapsulates her writing of the novel and writing of the character who is writing a novel who is writing a novel &turducken etc) and she's not aware that his voice is a thing that exists and so wouldn't have written him into her own book, so unless the big season five reveal is going to be some sort of bullshit

    actually, given the chekhov's snow globe in this book, i might not be far off!!!

    i wrote (and thought) way more about this than i should have for some forgettable media tie-in novel.

    but at least i never let myself get knocked up by a man named Rake.

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  • Stephanie Laurenza

    I wanted to love this so hard. I LOVE Jane the Virgin and thought timing the "real" release of Jane's novel with the fictional release of Jane's novel was borderline genius - I even pre-ordered it. Although I still think it's borderline genius, I'm super disappointed in the book itself. It's essentially the entire storyline of Jane the Virgin (down to seemingly random italicized narrative that isn't really explained). I occasionally read romance novels, so it's not the genre that disappointed me

    I wanted to love this so hard. I LOVE Jane the Virgin and thought timing the "real" release of Jane's novel with the fictional release of Jane's novel was borderline genius - I even pre-ordered it. Although I still think it's borderline genius, I'm super disappointed in the book itself. It's essentially the entire storyline of Jane the Virgin (down to seemingly random italicized narrative that isn't really explained). I occasionally read romance novels, so it's not the genre that disappointed me - it's the style. It is juvenile and almost lazy. Arguably, the disappointment is my fault because I was so excited for this, but I still wouldn't recommend it, even to extreme fans of the show.

  • Gabby

    I love Jane the Virgin, so I just couldn't not own this, even though I'm very firmly, 100% Team Rafael. But, whatever. I wanted to read this . . . and I wish I hadn't. It was my biggest fear going into this that I wouldn't like it because, if I didn't, everytime Jane talked about her book / someone praised it, I'll be cussing at the TV (saying that it's shit). But I read it anyways. JTV is on hiatus right now, so I need some JTV to fill in the gap (I just finished a re-watch). But NO. This was t

    I love Jane the Virgin, so I just couldn't not own this, even though I'm very firmly, 100% Team Rafael. But, whatever. I wanted to read this . . . and I wish I hadn't. It was my biggest fear going into this that I wouldn't like it because, if I didn't, everytime Jane talked about her book / someone praised it, I'll be cussing at the TV (saying that it's shit). But I read it anyways. JTV is on hiatus right now, so I need some JTV to fill in the gap (I just finished a re-watch). But NO. This was terrible. This didn't have the same charm as the show. It was't funny, heartwarming, NOTHING. It was boring. The characters were all one-dimensional. HATE. Ugh. So now, from the time of finishing this, I will try and distance Jane from this novel and think of it only as a dodgy-ass fanfiction of the ghost writer (it felt like dodgy ass fan fiction) and not Jane's actual book. Because I don't think I can take her, or anyone else, who praises this book seriously. All I can think right now is that Jane's manuscript should've stayed in the bin . . .

  • Lior

    oh my god it’s a real book???? AMAZING!!!

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