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Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney
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May 11, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: series, drama, female-protagonist, high-school, long-lost-family, contemporary, young-adult
Read on May 11, 2012

It's a little weaker than the first book, I think. It's less clean cut- the plot, the writing - there are more povs than just Janie's, the drama of the two families and the ending. I wish the families worked out a better deal in the end - there are more options than just either here or there. But still a good read. Different povs allow us to see how different members of the family (Janie, Stephen, Jodie) and Reeve deal with it all. While Janie's behavior is a little frustrating at times it's also understandable and Cooney presents it in a way that allows the reader to feel for all the parties involved. It's hard to watch their suffering as everyone is sympathetic, no one is black or white, evil. It's not too stretched out or over angsty. But drama all around.
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