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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jane Anonymous REVIEW & GIFs


Jane Anonymous

Title:  Jane Anonymous
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Wednesday books
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Print Length: 320 pages
Genre: Young  Adult, contemporary

Edition:  ebook 

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Kobo | Google Books #CommissionsEarned

Reason for Reading – Requested to be part of the Fantastic Flying Book Club blog tour. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  


Photo from the publisher: taken from Amazon


Synopsis:


Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


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Awesomeness Factor: 5 / ★★★★★




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Main Characters

  • Jane Anonymous- abducted for seven months
  • Mason- also held in captivity, Jane's companion
  • Shelley- Jane's best friend from BIWM (Before I Went Missing)

Characters: 5 / ★★★★★

Plot

Told in two timelines: THEN- events leading up to and during abduction and NOW- after being reunited with parents. BIWM Jane was a normal 17 year old who worked part time at a boutique. Jane's friend Shelley came home early and wanted to get together for her birthday. Jane ran to her work to grab Shelly's present before they opened. While at the store a good looking stranger kidnapped her and held her hostage in an abandoned warehouse for seven months.

Now Jane has to learn how to re-enter society but everything reminds her of before. Smells, sounds, meals, a white table. She is stuck in her head unable to communicate her trauma. Meanwhile her mother just wants to go back to normal and doesn't understand how long healing can take. Jane's one companion during her time kidnapped was another missing herson: Mason. Mason is still not found, and Jane misses him.

Plot and Themes: 5 / ★★★★★


Setting

Suburbia, New England State, senior year of high school

Setting: 5 / ★★★★★



Theme

PTSD, Kidnapping,  obsession, guilt, grief

What did I like about the book?

I really enjoyed reading this. I guessed the plot twist early on but even so it broke my heart just as much as I'm sure it broke Jane's. Reading the events while also being with Jane as she learns to cope was a wild ride.

Jane was abducted but she tried real hard not to be a victim. She membered things people told her like:
  • Don't get moved to a second location (RUN!)
  • Struggle! Leave evidence or some kind of trail
  • Sensitive parts to attack: eyes, throat, groin
Poor Jane thought about how she could escape if the opportunity presented itself. Even wrote letters to her capture trying to appeal to him. Not everyone knows what to do in situations like that. I loved the extra knowledge. 

Jane's journey and emotions were so raw. I have never experienced anything like her situation but I connected and sympathized with her character. I'm hoping after reading this I can be more aware of my initial reactions to others and can be more sympathetic even if I don't now what's going on.

Favorite QUOTE

"Healing starts the moment we feel heard."

What did I not like about the book?

N/A

Date Started/Finished :

Writing: 5/★★★★★
Story – 5 / ★★★★★
Romance – 5 / ★★★★★
Angst – 5 / ★★★★★
Content Flow – 5/ ★★★★★




Recommend?

Recommend To – contemporary readers
Would you encourage others to read this book? Absolutely! Especially if you are wanting to read a story about PTSD or maybe how to be sensitive to others.
Would Read More from Author? Definitely

Overall Rating: 5/★★★★★

Jane AnonymousJane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Healing starts the moment we feel heard."


View all my reviews based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – LOVE, it was amazing, highly recommend.


Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been named on various awards list.

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Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz (US/CAN Only)
Stars: 7th January 2020
Ends: 21st January 2020

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