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The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson #3)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,930 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
The kidnapping is long past. Janie Johnson can never change what happened to her or to the families that love her. But finally life seems to be settling down for the Springs and the Johnsons.

The worst part of this new life for Janie is that Reeve Shields is away at college. Janie misses him terribly, no matter how many e-mails they send each other. As for Reeve, he's findi
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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If you have ever read The Face on the Milk Carton, the first of the Janie Johnson series, then this is a must read! If you have read this series, it is still a must read. Many years ago, as a teen myself, I embarked on a journey with Janie/Jennie, a teen who finds out that her parents are NOT her biological parents when she happens to see a picture of herself on a milk cartons during lunch at school. While uncovering her roots, she attempts to deal with many issues that arise while unearthing a ...more
Now that Janie has found out about her past, things finally seem to be falling into place, and she's slowly building a relationship with her original family.

Reeve, her boyfriend, has gone off to college to begin a new part of his life. He feels lost in college, but he thinks he might have found something that he can be good at. He becomes a DJ at the school radio station, and manages to get on the prime time slot. At first, he panics, having nothing to say, and then slowly, he begins to tell Jan
Apr 23, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it
Now that Janie knows the truth about everything, life seems to be settling down for both the Johnsons and the Springs. Janie is slowly building a relationship with her blood family.

And Reeve is off at college. He becomes a DJ for his college's radio station and thinks he has finally found something he is good at. But, at what cost did he achieve his radio success? It is because he's telling Janie's story and listeners want to hear more.

Book 3 is different from the first two. Janie already knows
Shally Clark
Summary: It is the third book in the Janie Series, starting with The Face on the MIlk Carton. This book is about Reeves Shield's (Janie's boyfriend) college experience. He finds that he wants to do better at college since he didn't try hard in high school. He finds college life to be exhausting because of all of the pressure. He gets a job as a D.J. at the school's radio station. Feeling the pressure to come up with interesting things to talk about, he starts retelling Janie's whole life. He nev ...more
Karissa Akey
Oct 24, 2013 Karissa Akey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Voice on the Radio" is a very interesting book. This book is very mysterious and suspenseful. This is a sequel to the series called "The Face on the Milk Carton". In this book it shows a high school love story where the boyfriend named Reeve goes to college. He is a very smart and masculine man. He is hardworking and he knows what he wants and he will achieve it. He is a loving man that would never intentionally hurt someone. Reeve's girlfriends name is Janie. She is also hardworking. She i ...more
Anne Osterlund
Janie can count on Reeve. He’s the only one who knows her whole story. How she discovered that she had been kidnapped. The agony of trying to sort out allegiances between two families. The mystery of her kidnapper, Hannah.

But when Reeve arrives at college, he faces his own demon. Dead air. As a brand new freshman deejay, it’s talk or sink. And Reeve needs a story he can run with. A story that will grip listeners. In short, he needs Janie’s story.

I first read The Face on the Milk Carton in middle
Janie desperately want's to finish high school so she can join Reeve in collage. As time slips away Janie would love to visit Reeve and one day her wish finally comes true. Janie, her sister and her younger brother all drive to Reeve who is in Boston for collage. They finally got to a hotel were all of them can lay down and sleep. Janie's younger brother turn's on radio, and they all hear a familiar voice, It's Reeve! Janie had known that he played at that time at night. She began to listen as h ...more
{my thoguhts} - This book covers what happens after Reeve goes off to college and Janie went back to live with the Johnson’s. She decided to work things out with the Spring’s and she finally realizes that things are okay and she has enough love to go around. Jodie makes a trip to look at colleges in Boston and Janie tags along. They discover that Reeve isn’t the person they had thought he was in fact they discover he’s a jerk. And Janie finally comes to terms with having four parents that she ca ...more
Mar 08, 2013 6forbes_jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Voice on the radio by Coroline b Cooney. this book is about the main character named janie in the early 1900,s when they were creating the radio. these people are learning how these people managed to create the first radio and how they made a voice come from another location.the book is about how her friend named steven finds the voice on the radio and gets really excited and researching about how these people were able to create a voice that can travel from destination t ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Janis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 is a bit different from the first 2. Reeve is away at college, and gets the chance to be a DJ on a talk show on the college radio station (that NOBODY listens to). Trying to think of something to say, he starts to tell Janie's incredible story--and he's an instant hit. Like a soap opera, he shares just a little more each time (and goes back and forth in the story so the audience doesn't hear the whole story). He loves the interest and power he feels when people ask him to tell "a janie." ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 17, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I must've read "The Face on the Milk Carton" and "Whatever Happened to Janie?" 50 times each (or more) in my childhood. I've known for several years now that there are three additional books in the series, but I've never read them -- until now.

I picked this up because I needed a book that I knew would utterly sweep me into its pages, and that's what I got with this. Cooney is a champion at both plot and voice, and it's not just her on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling that kept me turning the p
2.5 stars.

I think I read this a grand total of once when I was younger, though I read The Face on the Milk Carton 10,000 times. I could not quite handle what we'd done to Reeve. Mr. Perfect Sweet Boyfriend became the biggest douche on the face of the planet by selling out his girlfriend on the radio. Just because he's embarrassed and needs to fill time on the radio, then later to continue his own popularity and success. Reeve, I went from loving you to completely hating you and being confused ab
Bonnie Morse
This is the weakest book in the series so far, as it focuses on Reeve's college experience of skipping class and putting Janie's deepest secrets and ugliest thoughts out live on the radio. As a boyfriend he just keeps getting worse, and as a character he has no real redeeming qualities. Other than his physical appearance, we don't even know why Janie likes him so much. Yes, he was physically there when she was in need of a friend, but the reader knows that while he was holding her and making sym ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Ghiggins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought that this book might not be as good as the first 2 because i didn't know what new twists the author could put in but now i just want to read the next one right away. This book is the third book in the face on the milk carton series and the plot is that Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, goes of to college. But while he is at college he gets a job at the radio station. He wants to make a good first impression but doesn't have anything interesting to say. The nerves take the best of him ...more
Julie Decker
Janie's boyfriend Reeve is older and in college already, and she really misses him, but he's up in his college town studying to be a radio DJ. Unbeknownst to her, Reeve decides one night--in the absence of anything else to talk about--that he'll discuss the bizarre story of Janie's kidnapping, with recognizable details and without permission. He rationalizes that this is just a college broadcast and he's not really hurting anything, but things get more complicated when one of the calls he takes ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Emaan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frida S
Dec 05, 2014 Frida S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“ The Voice On the Radio is the third book in the “Face on the Milk Carton” series. In this book Janie has decided to stop being “mean” to her biological family and see them more often, as opposed to the time she usually spends with them. She also has to deal with missing Reed because he went off to college in Boston. Except while she is already planning her wedding with her friend Sarah-Charoltte, Reed’s in Boston on the radio talking about the whole story behind Janie’s kidnapping. Of course J ...more
Anna Björklund
Tredje boken i serien om Janie Johnson (3 böcker i Sverige, 6 böcker i USA).

Reeve är på college men sitter hellre i radiostudion än pluggar. Han har blivit omåttligt populär radiopratare genom att dela med sig av detaljerad följetong om hela Janies historia. Janie råkar höra en bit.. Han hade sålt hennes historia för att bli populär själv!
En kärlek till sina biologiska föräldrar har växt fram så sakteliga och hon känner sig hemma hos båda familjerna. Måste hon välja familj?

Den här sista svensk
Apr 28, 2015 Cristians rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a year since Janie Johnson tried to become Jennie Spring. Janie is still staying with Mr. and Mrs.Johnson, Janie’s boyfriend is at college. Although the milk carton is a thing in the past Reeve decides to use Janie’s horrors and turn it into a radio story, something to get attention. When Janie’s life is put back together it falls apart again this gave the Springs a chance to be Janie’s family. While Reeve was on the radio he gets a surprising call is it true or fake. Maybe it’s som ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 27, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janie is adjusting better to having two sets of parents, and her birth-parents and their kids are adjusting to her. Things are also going fairly well with the set of parents that raised her.

Janie also thinks things are going as well as they can with her boyfriend, Reeve.

What she doesn't know is that he's become a disk jockey on a college radio show, and he's been haveing segments about what happened to Janie.

Such a secret can't be kept forever, and it comes out, straining the relationship betwe
Ehh. I read the back of this book thinking it wouldn't be too interesting and turns out I was right. I felt like there was no real story told here but that the theme was very strong. It is basically about Janie's problems with the popularity of her kidnapping, and boyfriend problems. Janie's boyfriend, Reeve goes off to college and gets a job at a campus radio station. To get viewers, Reeve tells Janie's story on the radio. It becomes so popular and Reeve just loves how good he feels about himse ...more
The Voice on the Radio is the third book in the Janie Johnson series; beware spoilers for the first two below, but I do promise no spoilers for this one.

It's been a little more than a year since Janie found her own picture on the milk carton, and life is finally settling into a slightly less chaotic pattern. She still lives with the Johnsons, but she regularly visits the Springs, and some of the Spring siblings visit her. Janie's life is alright, but she misses Reeve terribly. He's gone off to c
Oct 28, 2015 Velociraptor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a very good book, and I found that it was a bit more interesting than the last book I read in the series. I enjoyed the drama of the story. I also enjoyed how in this book she showed the different perspectives of the characters. I found that this allowed me to get a better understanding of the story.
The book is about a girl named Janie who was kidnapped when she was three years old, she found a picture of herself on a milk carton and called the number below the picture. A
Ally Pershina
The Voice on the Radio was a very unique book! Janie went back to Connecticut mostly for Reeve and to have her life back to the way it was for twelve years. Reeve went to college and the couple missed each other very much. At college Reeve became a radio talker and didn't make some very good choices on what he said on air. Janie, Jodie, and Brian went to Boston where Reeve's college is and talked to him about what he said.

I like this book a lot, I like how it changes the persons point of view. I
So I haven't liked Reeve since the first book. When he betrayed Janie in this book I hated him just as much as Jodie and Brian. Janie always seems so weak to me, just lying there on the bed while Jodie and Brian do all the talking. It was kind of pathetic. I'd probably be yelling and screaming but she curls up under a blanket and pretends he's not there. Grow some lady balls already Janie and lady-up and fight back for a change.

Janie always seems to let things happen to her instead of taking ch
Jul 10, 2014 Sierra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I always knew Reeve was an ass.

There are a couple of things that keep bothering me about the series. Janie's lack of female friendship is one. She complains about her 'best friend', and even during the moments that person is being a great friend to her... Janie just talks about how she doesn't want a girlfriend... she wants her boyfriend. UGH. It's absolutely nauseating.

Also, why does everyone keep blaming Janie and needing to forgive her for deciding to live with the people who actually brough
Jan 30, 2011 rivka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If the first two books were about questions, this one is about answers, and about forgiveness.

But not in the way you think at the beginning . . .
Joanna Cabot
Got this from the library so I could finish out the series. It was one of the better instalments in the set. The interior monologues for both Janie and Reeve rang true for me, and I liked Janie's emerging realization that she could be stronger and nicer than she thought. I downgraded the book a little because I thought she regresses some in the later books, now that I have read this one, and because there was a big continuity glitch that really detracted for me. A 'recommend'---if you are a youn ...more
Feb 13, 2010 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reese wasn't doing anything bad! janie needs to get over herself!!!!
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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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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)
  • What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, #4)
  • What Janie Saw (Janie Johnson, #4.5)
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