Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
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?
This book was such a great read!
It’s been a long time since I read a YA that was actually deep like this one is. Most of the ones I have been reading are more light-hearted, and this one was just…wow. It was a real emotional roller coaster and I loved it every step of the way.
Jane’s character was one of the best characters I’ve read about in YA in a long time. Her character was flawed, and the development was patchy, but that’s what makes it so raw and emotional: she was kidnapped, so of course this is going to be the case with her character. It made it that much more interesting to read about her and what she had to say.
Fitting in can’t be easy after you have been kidnapped, and that’s exactly what Jane has to try to do. She has to deal with all of the emotional trauma of being kidnapped, all while trying to make friends and deal with her past, and that’s not an easy feat. Because of this, I fell in love with Jane’s character and her journey, and I found her to be written absolutely beautifully with so much personality.
The plot of the book makes for a really great story. Of course at times it was kind of hard to read, but not because of the writing or anything, but because it was so emotional. As a mom, I honestly have to admit that my child being kidnapped is one of my worst fears, so this was a bit scary. But still, it’s deep, emotional, and has so much going on that you can’t help but love reading it.
This book has earned a spot on my “will read again” shelves. If you’re looking for something deep, meaningful, and emotional, definitely check this out.
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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.
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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