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Janie Face to Face (Janie Johnson #5)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  891 ratings  ·  186 reviews
In this riveting and emotional conclusion to the thriller-romance Janie series, that started withThe Face on the Milk Carton,all will be revealed as readers find out if Janie and Reeve's love has endured, and whether or not the person who brought Janie and her family so much emotional pain and suffering is brought to justice. ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sara
How has what was once a pretty original idea for a novel somehow been milked (oh god forgive the pun) into a five book series!?

In stilted, formal prose that seems intended for a twelve year old audience from 1985 despite references to texting and things like Facebook Cooney once again attempts to get still more action out of the troubled, complex life of Janie/Jennie and the wackadoos who make up her circle of family and friends.

Will Janie/Jennie get back together with creepy Reeve? Will her ho
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Ms. Yingling
Janie's been through a lot in the last few years. When she became The Face on the Milk Carton (1990) it was bad enough, but once she dealt with the fact that her parents were not really her parents, she had to figure out Whatever Happened to Janie (1993) and reconnect with her birth family, the Springs. When her boyfriend, Reeve, decides to be The Voice on the Radio (1996) and propel himself into on air popularity by telling Janie's story, Janie's path was clear-- dump him. But when What Janie F ...more
S.F. Robertson
Where do I begin? Janie Johnson's stories, The Face on the Milk Carton series, are among the few books I've kept since middle and high school. My well-loved, original copies, reread enough times that I stopped counting, remain on my shelf to this day. I was utterly captivated by the tale Caroline B. Cooney spun about a teenage girl shocked out of her comfortable life by the realization that the life she's always known wasn't the own she was always supposed to have. But after four books, question ...more
Avril
Twenty-three years after the publication of the first in the series, The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney completes the 'Janie' saga. I read the first when I actually fit into the 'Young Adult' demographic, and was so caught up by the plot that I have read each new book as it came out, no matter how long it had been since the last one. I was excited to find 'Janie Face to Face' in a bookshop on Thursday and devoured it in a couple of hours.

There are problems with a story that covers f
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Kaya
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Bryn
There are just some books you read as a kid and maybe...they just shouldn't grow with you.

I was a huge Cooney fan in my middle school and even into high school years, so I picked this up for the nostalgia and to see what had happened.

And I realized, no offense to my taste in books as a 12 year old, this really is terrible writing (call me a book snob, I'll live).

It's not a terrible story. It's just told in this removed third person flattened tone with horrible word choice that hearkens back to a
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Anne Osterlund
Janie heads off to college intent on leaving behind her old family(ies) and her old boyfriend, Reeve, in order to become someone else. Not Jenny Spring, the name she was born with and forgot after being kidnapped. Not Janie Johnson, the name she was given by her kidnapper. Instead, Janie will become Jane.

And she will begin a new life. Perhaps with Michael, who knows nothing about her and about whom she knows nothing.

Until the day when she learns that Michael is “researching” her as a subject for
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
In the final installment of the Face on the Milk Carton series, Janie is twenty, a sophomore in college, and trying to put the kidnapping behind her. She's made amends with her New Jersey family, while her "kidnap" family has wasted away - her kidnap father Frank has had a stroke and can barely communicate, and her kidnap mother Miranda has moved into a nursing home with him.

Janie feels that she's trying to decide between her two families forever. Meanwhile, there's a true crime writer who is tr
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Sarah Mae
The Face on the Milk Carton was a favorite of mine as a young teen but this ending is just too happily ever after. The writing is repetitive and the characters are flat. The addition of current technology and social networking is shoehorned in. Janie/Jennie is still conflicted about which parents she should spend more time with. The only interesting part is seeing into the mind of her kidnapper, Hannah, as she plots her revenge on the girl she believes stole her parents and had the easy life sh ...more
Gabrielle
I am so glad that there is a satisfying conclusion to this series. I was really unhappy with how the last book ended. I will post a fuller review closer to the actual publication date because this was a long time out.

Also the problem with reading a book three months before the publication date is that you have no-one to discuss it with.
Maggie61
When I saw this book in the book store, I remembered reading "the face on the milk carton" as well as seeing the tv movie so many years ago. I not sure anymore which ones I have read in between but it was great to read the final book in the life of Janie Johnson/Jennie spring.
I felt this book was written in a more mature narration. There were some cheesy parts but for the most part I enjoyed the writing. It didn't have the same feel as a teen book, but something more resembling an adult book.
I
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Nicole
1/21/13
Waffling between high 2.5 and low 2.5. Waffle, waffle, waffle.

1/22/13
When I was in fifth or sixth grade, The Face on the Milk Carton was the book to read at school. (I went to a Catholic school and it actually ended up getting banned because SEXY TALK!! I remember feeling very edgy when I brought in my own copy to read during class. Sinead O’Rebellion!) I read it, Whatever Happened to Janie?, and The Voice on the Radio (probably the best one, in my opinion) over and over and over. Then, t
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Janie Face to Face' is the fifth book that Caroline B. Cooney has written about the girl who discovered her face on a milk carton, leading to revelations about who she is and who her real family are. I remember reading this series and being both gripped and horrified by Janie's story. I couldn't even begin to imagine how you would feel to find out that you had been kidnapped when you were a child and the people you have called Mum and Dad all your life, aren't your real parents after all.

I did
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Clementine
In this conclusion to Janie Johnson’s harrowing story about being kidnapped as a child and raised in another family, readers finally get answers to all the questions they have about Janie’s life, Janie’s families, and what happened to Hannah, the woman who kidnapped her.

Except this is a hot mess of a novel and pretty much undoes any of the good that the beginning of the series ever did. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of Cooney’s early 90s series, there’s no reason to pick this one up. Ever. At all
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Linda
I've loved the Janie books for over 20 years and am delighted to read a final one to end the series in an amazing way.

This book is rich with suspense, mystery, heart, emotion and the ending was very satisfying. I won't spoil the story, so will just say I found it refreshing that marriage is included as a subplot for two young people in love--rather than moving in together, focusing solely on career, or dating casually with no commitment. I personally like commitment. And I love happy endings. Th
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Barbara Klipper
I just finished this book and I hovered between a 3 and a 4. It was enjoyable reading and it brought the saga to a more or less satisfying conclusion but ... Somehow it was too pat, and while Ms. Cooney gave herself lots of opportunities to provide some real suspense or deeper understanding of the characters, she didn't take them. There were lots of changes of heart without good reason, and the kidnapper Hannah was too one dimensional to be realistic.
I read the earlier books years ago, so I mig
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Laura
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Ficbot
I have mixed feelings about this book. Like many reviewers, I read the original series as a kid and was delighted to see this fairly recently released conclusion. I did not find the technology issue as upsetting as many others did, although it would have been fine for me to keep this one in the 90s too. And I did feel like some of the characters did get to have some growth and evolution.

But other characters did not have growth and evolution. In fact, they backslid. And the conclusion---the most
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Dana
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was a very good book. I enjoyed the story line and the suspense. On the other hand it drove me crazy that the timeline did not match up with the original. In 1990 we did NOT have cell phones. And I didn't know anyone with one until about 1998 when they borrowed their parents. They most certainly did not text or use the internet for social purposes. If the original story took place in 1990 and this book is 5 years later, there should have ...more
Angie
I loved, loved, loved "The Face on the Milk Carton" when I was younger. When my niece asked me to recommend a book, I chose that one. She loved it too, and told me there was a sequel! I was so excited. And then one day on the kindle account we share, this book showed up. I quickly downloaded it and began to read. The whole time I felt like I was missing something. Why start a sequel years after the original story ended? And the book felt like I should know these people. I thought maybe it was be ...more
Wendy
Pretty good, but too long and kind of repetitive. I always thought that scene in New York where the cop points out that Hannah could be any of these women was the most realistic situation, but of course it was not very satisfying, so I'm just as glad to have a real ending.
Christina Rios

Ok is it just me or has there been absolutely zero growth in Janie, the Springs, the plot/point, heck even Caroline herself as a writer since the 90's?

Anyone?! Clearly I need to go back in time to my tween self and stop myself from reading book 1 so I can save myself the time and heartache of reaching this moment decades later.

The whole book felt so damn fake and stilted. I knew the entire plot I kid you not within 5 minutes. Something I could forgive for old times sake had the journey at least
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Erin
This was fabulous! I have always loved Caroline B. Cooney and this book did not disappoint. Ms. Cooney even handled the transition of technology perfectly. The book was believable and contained the exact fever pitch tone as the other books...the tension kept me reading breathlessly even through the noise of my own kids. I wanted Janie to pull off her wedding, to fully embrace her identity as Jennie...and I couldn't stand dimwitted Hannah and her idiotic ideas where she was always the victim. Thi ...more
Jennifer Worrell
Wow, this might be the fastest read around. Through four books, in declining quality since #2, we've been waiting to hear from the kidnapper and get some thrilling resolution. Finally Hannah comes out and you get her side in the even chapters, but what you're left with is a lot of buildup and an incredibly unsatisfying ending.

The odd chapters take place from the protagonists' points-of-view like all the other books, and Janie and Reeve's relationship takes center stage. Another romance comes an
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Jenn
I read the first four books of this series last year and I didn't like the ending much because it felt incomplete. A few months ago I was at the library and I saw that there was another book in the series. This book took me awhile to finish and I even stopped for a month because I just wasn't interested in it. But after I picked it up again I finished it in a few days. It was probably 2nd favorite in the series after the Face on the Milk Carton. Just like the other books it skips around from sce ...more
J.N.
This is the last book in the Janie Johnson series. I have been a fan of the Janie series for a long time and was surprised to discover that more books had been written after the first three. I didn't care much for the fourth and liked the e-book (#4.5) well enough.

I have mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, it was a neat idea seeing Janie all grown up and also learning more about the current Hannah On the other, the book itself just didn't hook me like the first three books.

I did like how t
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Jennifer
I read "The Face on the Milk Carton" back in high school and ended up intrigued in her books. I have not read any of her books in a while but when I heard she finished the series I knew I had to see what happened to Janey. After all these years I still liked her books but unfortunately I am disappointed in how Janey turned out. I thought she was a strong, head spirited, and kind girl who knew her family and knew that things were not what they seem. In this book it seems like she wants to change ...more
hannah
This is mad disappointing. Blogged: http://mclicious.org/2012/12/12/janie...
Emily
Why I picked it up: I’ve been reading about Janie for 20 years.

This finds Janie in college and still struggling, a little, to determine if she is Janie Johnson or Jenny Spring. Chapters are told from the point of view of different characters, including Hannah the kidnapper.

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it. I had previously disavowed all knowledge of books 3 & 4 of the series, so that does create some challenges for book 5 from the perspective that a lot of the previous events didn'
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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