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The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson #3)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  8,006 Ratings  ·  377 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
Lindsay Nixon
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series has taken over my weekend (and my life). That hasn't happened since the Hunger Games.

Back then I was on a 12-hour train ride so it didn't matter... but this? This must be that Netflix binge I hear everyone talking about. When you fall deep into a blackhole, desperate to know what happens next that you keep going and you're enjoying the depths so much that you don't mind you've been in a cave the whole time.

I start the next book right after the finishing the previous one, swearing I
Mallory Lyon
Everyone loves Reeve including Janie. He is the perfect guy with an amazing voice. Then he does something that will crush hearts and trust. Will anybody ever trust him again?
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. There is a pretty big betrayal by Reeve, and some of the metaphors get a little tortured in covering the emotions. The emotions are ultimately handled well, though there is a mystery remaining.
Apr 22, 2015 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
Karissa Akey
Oct 24, 2013 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
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
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
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-film
{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
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
Apr 10, 2010 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
Mar 08, 2013 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
Irely Knox
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The first 2 were great, but after a while it started to get old.
Apr 01, 2008 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 . . .
Cynthia Sillitoe
I wish there weren't more Janie books because now I feel compelled to read them, but I didn't like this one much.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reese wasn't doing anything bad! janie needs to get over herself!!!!
Katy Mulvaney
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's deeply appreciated to see all the characters a few years down the road from the delicate negotiations for a balanced family relationship. It's sad to see that they feel, overall, tired and strained by the relationship. But seeing that they may have relaxed both families' hold on the traditional trappings of the perfect nuclear family actually felt like a step forward gained by their unusual sharing of Janie.

Sure, the food's not as good, but the siblings have more real talks with one another
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
Oh Reeve, you absolutely idiot.

I wanted to believe in him and Janie/Jennie, but how can I when he's such an idiot. I'm hoping that they can patch things up as they're wonderful together. I'm sure she can learn to forgive him, I mean, not that he deserves it, but still. She can't hate him forever, she loves him still too.

I am starting to get hooked on this series. I'm still not enjoying Janie/Jennie, she flip flops so much between loving and hating her two families. Okay, hates a strong word bu
McKenzie Allyshia
The further this series gets, the more I find myself enjoying it. Each book is a very quick read that throws you for a roller coaster of emotions. It doesn't help that the endings are always cliffhangers. So you don't have much choice but to read or continue wondering what could happen next. I wish that I would have read this while I was in junior high because I know that I would have loved it so much more. As an adult I move between annoyed and curious.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third time I’ve tried to read this series (some of my students love it so much that I keep trying), but I can never get past this book!

I think I need more from the plot and it rolls on just a little too slow for me. Because the premise is so interesting and because it has so much potential, I keep trying; I want it to be more than it is.

Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I found out that I'm attracted to mystery AND romance. This book wonderfully illustrated greed, and how something meaningless, and something small can impact more than you can ever imagine.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book! I didn't want to put it down at all! Since this is the third book in the series you should of read the first couple of books, but if you haven't then you need to! All of these books are hard to put down and I'm happy I found these to read!
Erin McDermott Versosky
It was a really easy read once I got into it. There is not much story to it though. It was a bit repetitive in retelling the first two books but I enjoyed it. I believe this is the last I read in my youth so I am looking forward to how it ends!
Andrew Jarboe
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a great book about a girl and her life. That would be hard to be in the life she had with all that stuff going on. But the only bad thing I have to say is that it was a little hard for me to know when they switched who it was that was my only problem. But it was a great book.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growth
I would not recommend for early teens because of the too-young-boyfriend-girlfriend thing, and was ready to abandon this. The story has some pretty heady situations and much was learned, but would have been strengthened by including God. The trauma was not only to children, but also to parents.
Meredith Pocius
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was a really good book and that it portrayed Janie as knowing that she could finally be able to love her real parents who she lived with until she got kidnapped at 3 years old and that she could be able to call them mom and dad like all of her siblings.
Can somebody else kidnap Janie and take her to live with good people who actually experience empathy and recognize that this is a CHILD who is going through one of the most traumatic experiences possible and that blaming her for her feelings is not at all constructive?????
This story continues to be an emotional roller-coaster. It seems like nothing could be worse than the way it started but it did get worse. Of course, Cooney did a wonderful job at wrapping up. I cant wait to see what happens in the next book. ...more
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