Title: Jane Anonymous
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Genre: YA contemporary
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: E-galley from FFBC Tours which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 4.5 stars
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?
This book was really intense. I could barely put it down. We got what happened through Jane’s eyes, but in flashbacks mixed with “Now” entries into her diary or journal that she felt would help her with the therapy everyone said she needed. I wondered if she had a bit of Stockholm Syndrome, if that was what the story was going to be about. But instead it seems that she falls in love or finds a connection with a fellow prisoner named Mason. Honestly, I had a feeling about the whole situation from really early on, and my hunch was correct. However the way the story went kept me guessing and thinking I must be wrong. Seeing how it all went for Jane after she got home and how hard it was just to even get back to normal in any little way was very interesting. How her friends and those around her dealt with it was also intriguing and made me wonder how it would be in real life. I did get that she had trouble working with different psychologists and therapists, until she finally found one that she was able to connect with. I know that for my own depression and anxiety I didn’t click with the first person I was sent to, so I think it is a very important bit for people to realize that getting help isn’t as simple as just talking to any person.I only docked a half a star because some things were left unexplained or unanswered for me that I wanted to know. But it makes me feel like one of the people that Jane hated talking to if I ask those questions.
MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from
Emerson College in Boston.
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.
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.
- Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz (US/CAN Only)
- Starts: 7th January 2020
- Ends: 21st January 2020