Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YA, Realistic Fiction
Wednesday Books | January 7th, 2020
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?
Jane was your typical seventeen-year-old girl then. Now she stockpiles gallons of water and boxes of Coco Loco brownies in her room. Then she was meeting her friend for breakfast. Now she sleeps in her closet. Then she was supposed to meet the boy she liked at a concert that night. Now can’t tell what was real and what was a lie.
I had no idea when I read the description, that this book was going to be this good. I like how the author doesn’t leave you guessing as to what happened but instead has the chapters go back and forth between ‘then’ and ‘now’. The author also provides a brilliant prologue stating how real this book is.
Kidnapping is no joke and it happens all the time. As sad as that is, we have to be aware of our surroundings at all times. Jane was taken because she made one little mistake. A mistake that got her kidnapped for seven months. A mistake that will take years to heal from.
I gave this book five stars because the suspense in this story had me turning the pages nonstop. I wanted to know what happened to Jane and how it affected her, and if she would ever be able to live a normal life again.
While it’s scary to think of someone being kidnapped, especially yourself or someone you love, this book kind stands a literary warning to be cautious. I highly recommend reading this book.
Thank you, NetGalley and Wednesday Books for this ARC in return for an honest review.