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Title:
Jane Anonymous
ISBN:
9781250303707
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
306 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"Jane" was just your typical high school student... until a series of small coincidences led to seven months locked up in a stark white room. Instructed how to eat, bathe, and behave; never knowing if it was day or night. Holding hands with Mason through a hole in the wall, taking solace from their pact to escape together. But the day she escaped she had to leave him behind... and now the detectives say there were no other kidnapped kids. How far will "Jane" go to uncover the truth of what happened? --
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Seven months. That's how long I was kept captive. Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. And when I finally escaped, I prayed I'd never see him again. Now that I'm home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don't understand that dining out and shopping trips can't heal what's broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy--but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should've stayed buried. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened--and will it break me forever?


Author Notes

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, Shutter, and Bleed, as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series. With over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been translated into thirty languages, been named on numerous award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, both through the American Library Association.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up--Seventeen-year-old "Jane" was popping into work for a last-minute gift when she was abducted. Held in captivity for seven months, Jane was fed through a cat door, instructed to bathe and keep her room clean, and given stars for good behavior. Then Jane met and developed a deeply emotional attachment to fellow captive Mason, who visited while sneaking through the air ducts. But when Jane finally escaped and sent the police back after Mason, he was nowhere to be found. Jane is back home with her family now, but she left part of herself behind. As she works to readjust to life outside of confinement, difficult memories begin to surface, and Jane isn't sure she wants to know the truth. Alternating between events Then and Now--during captivity and the present--Jane tells her story as an attempt at therapy. The teen's struggle is at the center of the plot and includes believable coping mechanisms, realistic depictions of panic attacks, and detailed descriptions of her confinement, but the work does touch on the suffering of side characters as well. Knowing from the beginning that she survives her ordeal allows readers to focus on the details of Jane's captivity and recovery. Though this close examination may lead some readers to decipher the work's conclusion beforehand, the ending is no less compelling because of it. VERDICT A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.--Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC


Kirkus Review

An abducted teen recounts her harrowing captivity.Stolarz (Shutter, 2016, etc.) ups the psychological ante by crafting a confessional narrative in which her 17-year-old protagonist is taken and held for months against her will. Gutsy first-person narrator "Jane Anonymous" tells her story by alternating between two troubling presents. "THEN" details the moments leading up to and including her gripping "seven months away" while "NOW" tells what has happened since her escape to the "girl who sleeps in her closet with a knife tucked beneath her pillow, trusting no one but herself." Though the cast of charactersfrom Jane's abductor to Jane, her family, and friendsexhibits a blanched, generic, suburban quality, the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing and the twist on the Stockholm syndrome, disturbing. Jane's probing monologue while captive details both the mental and physical coping mechanisms she developed and convincingly displays her unwitting realizations, such as her heightened sensory awareness borne of being confined. But Jane's return also clearly shows the fallout of her tormentnot only for her, but for those who care about her as well, demonstrating just how far life is from being back to how it was before she was taken and prompting Jane to wonder if her shattered psyche will always be "far beyond repair." This novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive. Main characters are white.Powerfully graphic. (Fiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Healing starts the moment we feel heard. Seventeen-year-old Jane doesn't feel heard. Her parents, friends, and therapists all want her to talk about the seven months she spent in captivity before she escaped from her abductor. But they only seem willing to listen when she says what they want to hear. They don't want to hear that her favorite foods make her sick now, or that she can't stand the scent of honeycomb candles. Instead, Jane writes her own account, separated into alternating Then and Now chapters, where she can be honest about what happened and why her old life no longer feels like hers. Only, being honest is hard when she's hiding the truth from herself, too. The Then chapters, chronicling those harrowing seven months, are nervy and suspenseful, while the Now chapters relate the fallout with poignant authenticity, from Jane's feelings to those of her family and friends. Less graphic than it sounds, this engrossing confessional is both heartbreaking and hopeful, as Jane slowly comes to recognize and accept the help that's offered.--Krista Hutley Copyright 2019 Booklist