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Janie Face to Face (Janie Johnson #5)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,478 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
In the vein of psychological thrillers like We Were Liars, Girl on the Train, and Beware That Girl, bestselling author Caroline Cooney’s JANIE series delivers on every level. Mystery and suspense blend seamlessly with issues of family, friendship and love to offer an emotionally evocative thrill ride of a read.


Janie Johnson has received unwanted attention ever since she r
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Ember (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sara
Jan 08, 2013 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kaya
Jun 05, 2013 Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan (Wastepaper Prose)
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
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
Avril
May 17, 2013 Avril rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Bryn
Apr 26, 2013 Bryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Dana
Mar 23, 2014 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Osterlund
Dec 02, 2013 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Marianne
Jun 08, 2016 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
i really enjoyed this series but there were so many inconsistencies between all 5 books. In one book, Lizzie tells Reeve that Hannah is dead, but by this last book, it isn't mentioned again and Hannah is definitely not dead. In book one, written 23 years before this one, janie is listening to cassettes in the car, and by the last book, which really only takes place 5 years later, janie has an iphone, ipad, ereader, and facebook page. I think Cooney could have done without all the technology refe ...more
Sarah Mae
Dec 20, 2012 Sarah Mae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, yar, ebooks
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
Oct 06, 2012 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, e-books, netgalley
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.
Lindsey
Mar 22, 2017 Lindsey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually take the time to write book reviews, but brother, I wish I'd READ some before picking this up. If you, like me, were a big fan of Ms. Cooney's books as a young teenager, do yourself a favor and leave your fond memories unsullied. Within the first two chapters, I found myself thinking that this book was written by someone who was somewhat out of touch with technology and bitter about it (Within 4 chapters, the sentence "Nobody would talk to anybody because they were all on their p ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This latest YA novel by Caroline Cooney is the conclusion (really this time!) of the popular Janie Johnson series begun back in 1990 with The Face on the Milk Carton. This final book addresses all the issues explored in the first book and its four other sequels: Janie’s two families, her relationship with Reeve, the motives and mental state of her kidnapper, and Janie’s own true name and identity. The plot focuses mainly on two things - a true crime writer who is trying to collect interviews fro ...more
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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Shantele Laviolette
Plot:
Janie Face to Face is a wonderful book created to close the Janie series. She goes through many trials beginning with the realization of her kidnapping and going into her struggle to find herself. In this particular book, it begins with Janie in college and struggling to keep two families as her own; the one she was born into and the one she was left growing up with. She's still unsure of what to do, but soon enough she finds someone she thinks she could love-at least until she finds out t
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Clementine
Sep 12, 2012 Clementine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2013
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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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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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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Linda
Mar 05, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Courtney
This book is the fifth in "The Face on the Milk Carton" series, so this is a total throwback to my childhood. I read this out of interest in Janie's story. I thought this book was being marketed to adults, but I found it to be more juvenile/YA in its premise. As other reviews notes, not much happens in the book, aside from some very quick closure at the end. I found most of the characters grating and immature.
Ashley Aaroones)
Nov 08, 2015 Ashley Aaroones) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I honestly don't understand why everyone thought this book was so terrible. Sure, the technology was way off for the time frame this book should be set in and the ending was abrupt, but it gave a great background for just about every character. I mean, can't readers just be happy to see Janie having such a great relationship with her birth parents? That's all I could have every wanted.
Alex P
This book was interesting and too long for the content. This book was mostly fluff and didn't have much excitement. I read this book thinking it was a thrilling mystery but was long and boring. The book had a lot of times a reader would think the mystery would be solved, but the book just kept going and going.
Elena
Feb 18, 2016 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally. Done with this series, never to revisit again. That was so rough. And kind of awful.

I enjoyed/cringed every time she used technology like, "look guys! I'm cool! I'm hip! I can write from modern times!"
Wendy
Oct 02, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
sarah
Jan 03, 2013 sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Read my review on Forever Young Adult:

http://foreveryoungadult.com/2013/01/...
hannah
Nov 14, 2012 hannah added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is mad disappointing. Blogged: http://mclicious.org/2012/12/12/janie...
Anna Björklund
#5 Janie Johnson

Janie börjar på college och från scratch i livet genom att kalla sig själv Jane. Hon vill inte ha något att göra med kidnappningen och gör allt för att undvika frågor om hennes båda familjer. Syskonen Spring är alla utflugna och studerar på olika håll i Usa och Jodie på uppdrag på Haiti.
En författare är ute efter Janies historia och kontaktar alla i familjen. Alla ignorerar honom men en sviker och ger intervjuer. En kille som visar intresse och som Janie blir tillsammans med, vi
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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!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem
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Other Books in the Series

Janie Johnson (6 books)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
  • Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson, #2)
  • The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, #3)
  • What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, #4)
  • What Janie Saw (Janie Johnson, #4.5)

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