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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbe
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five I found a new author who is gifted, brilliant and develops amazing characters, I couldn’t put down this book, disconnected with outside world, stayed focused, jumped up and down at some parts and created a new term as “three dimensional reading”, because every suffering, every traumatic experience, every scared moments, every fight of Jane truly resonated with me stars!!!

The one thing I really like about the books make your emotions all over the place as they shake you to the core a
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided via Netgalley. I am very thankful, even though I won't be able to walk anywhere alone, after reading it.

This...this was a rough one.
Even though I read and loved some of the author's previous work, I was definitely not ready for Jane Anonymous.
So raw and painful, it made me feel as if a brick was lying on my chest while reading.
At certain parts I even regretted ever starting it.
I was googling if it's possible to get a chip installed in people (me), so they (I
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is a weird one for me to review. It was extremely entertaining and gripping, and I definitely feel like it accomplished what it set out to accomplish, but there were times when this felt a little... exploitative to me? I am definitely the odd man out on this one as all of the other reviews of this are glowing, so maybe I went into it with the wrong mindset, but there were definitely times where I felt like handling the topic sensitively took a backseat in favor of entertainment value. And i ...more
This book follows a 17-year old who is kidnapped, held captive for 7-months and then escapes. It's about her returning to her life and processing what has happened to her. This intrigues me. It sounds really dark but also gripping. I cannot wait to get into this!

Thank you so much, Wednesday Books, for the ARC.
I am truly excited for this one!

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because I devoured this book in one day. Once I picked it up, I didn't put it back down until I finished it.

Great book!!
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Fantastic! I loved it!

Jane Anonymous is abducted after stopping at the boutique where she works to pick up her best friends birthday gift that she had forgotten to bring home. The store is closed but the guy looks nice, he is handsome and seems genuine about it being his 1 year anniversary with his girlfriend, so she lets him in. He gets her with chloroform after she turns around to wrap up his gift.

The story is told from the ten months
rachel ☾
◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jessica *The Lovely Books*
“Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”

Have you ever had a moment when picking up a book and just knowing from opening it, that it’s going to be one of those books? Kind of like an instant connection that feels as if it’s coming straight from your soul? I read a lot of books. So many that make me feel sooo many different things and each of them teaching me something different about life or myself. Jane Anonymous is what I like to call a once in a lifetime book—for the sheer ability to attach itself to my
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz in exchange for my honest review.***


As a form of therapy, JANE ANONYMOUS, not her real name, writes about her seven months in captivity and the difficult transition back home.

I enjoy abduction stories and had already preordered JANE ANONYMOUS when I saw the ARC on NetGalley. I couldn’t wait to devour Laurie Faria Stolarz’s story. I immediately knew J
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
4.5 stars
This book totally sucked me in and I loved it! It was such a cool premise, a girl who was kidnapped and managed to escape, telling her story. The Then and Now back and forth really broke the story up and made it engaging. Seeing what Jane went through and how hard it would be to adjust was great. I also thought the way her parents, especially her mom, reacted seemed realistic. They tried to understand, but no one really can. Jane's mom just wanted her to get back to her life, but to do
Stacey Kade
Dec 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-2018
Honored to have had the chance to read “Jane” early and oh my gosh, you guys! It is absolutely terrifying and heartbreaking. I LOVED IT! More soon...
Joanna Bennett
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So captivating and heartbreaking at the same time!

Full Review to Come. (closer to release date)
Andrea Pole
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz is a YA novel that is nothing short of a revelation. This is a new author for me, but certainly one who will be on my radar in the future.

This is the story of an abduction, told from the perspective of Jane (not her real name), the abductee, in the timelines of 'then' and 'now'. Journaling her thoughts as a means to deal with the trauma endured, Jane shares with us her richly detailed memories from the point of abduction through her seven months
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
Jane, anonymous is a story about a girl called Jane who has recently escaped from being kidnapped and decides to write about her experience as a form of therapy, as actual therapy isn’t working.

I loved this book, It’s written journal style alternating between past during her captivity and present; Jane trying to cope with her life at home with her parents.

As someone who has suffered from panic attacks the way the author described this happening to Jane was so accurate.

Jane clearly is sufferin
sanna ♡
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as unreleased  ·  review of another edition
7 October 2019
I don’t know if I’m interested or just disturbed. I want to read this but it sounds heavy. People have told great things about this so I probably should give it a chance. I just hope I don’t freak out.
Madelaine Pope
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Sep 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received this arc courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Jane Anonymous is a book I recommend wholeheartedly, but it's also a book that's intensely dark, so dark that at times one might question whether it really belongs in the YA section. But while the subject matter is something hopefully no teen reading it will go through, in many ways the kidnapping could be a metaphor for any of numerous situations teens face, like depression.

There are a lot of content warnings for this
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

God what a book. I haven’t cried this hard in a LONG time. This book was so intense and I just found myself hurting for Jane. Her story is so provocative and scary. This is one of those stories so raw and painful that it’s almost hard to read. I could feel my chest tighten and a lump in my throat through most of it. I had to step away a few times to compose myself. Laurie takes you
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

This was AMAZING. Not only is it great as a mystery/thriller (the main character is abducted, although the narrative is told in two timelines-then and now- so you know that she eventually gets away), but it is also an incredible look at anxiety, fear, paranoia, and what it means to try to find yourself after a tragedy. Highly recommend. This is a first
3.5 stars. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed her style of writing. It flowed well and her development of the plot and characters kept my attention. I almost stopped reading it at the beginning because I am not a fan of fictitious kidnapping plot lines, esp if they go into detail of what the character endures while held captive. Although the main character is held captive the author keeps the story interesting without adding gratuitous details. With that said, Jane is still kidna ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Such a great, compelling story. It's fast-paced, vivid, and forces the reader to feel what Jane feels.
In the "THEN" chapters, there is a clear, palpable feeling of the panic and despair of being held captive, fading in and out of consciousness, and being unsure of what's to come.
In the "NOW" chapters, Jane is back home, seven months later, struggling to piece together what happened to her and trying to find some sense of normalcy.

I received an advanced copy of this title through NetGalle
Johnna Whetstone
4-5 stars, this book was very captivating to me. I found myself completely absorbed in what I was reading and desperate to find out more. The author developed the characters in an amazing way and the book was fast paced and made sure to chill me to the bones and keep me guessing on what was going to happen! Definitely recommend to my fellow thriller lovers!
I will make sure to let everyone know this is a must read!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was so well-written, I actually felt fear and panic as I read many of Jane’s entries. What I really like is that there is no tying up of all the loose ends. Jane isn’t fixed. She remains beautifully broken and perfectly imperfect. I think the novel could give hope to people who are suffering from trauma. I’m thankful to the publisher and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for my review.
Aug 17, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr
I feel like this is going to have that huge twist or revelation in the end that'll blow away my mind and I'm SO HERE for it

Received a digital copy of this via Netgalley. Thank you, Wednesday Books and Laurie Faria Stolarz!
An emotional and gripping abduction story (view spoiler)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

*3.5 star review, but not enough to round up to a 4.

When I first read the description for the book, I was intrigued. I really enjoy thrillers (especially psychological thrillers) and was quickly pulled in to this one. It was a page-turner that was a quick read. Unfortunately, I was able to guess very early on who the abductor was, which is the main reason I couldn’t give it a higher rating. Overall, as a qu
Tracy Barrett
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was excited to get an advance reader copy of this book. I read the description and it reminded me of The Stranger Game which was a short book I enjoyed. There will be spoilers in this review so read at your own risk!
I feel like everyone can relate to Jane. We all have had things go wrong in our lives and have felt the pressure of everyone wanting us to go back to the way things were. This book explores what it means to have a new normal. It explores how events in our lives can permanentl
Brenna Clark
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book! I have loved Laurie Faria Stolarz since high school, when I picked up 'Blue is for Nightmares' on a whim, and was utterly and completely charmed by her knack for writing supernatural stories with an undeniable aftertaste of horror. To say I was excited to pick something up of hers again was an understatement. It felt like coming home to be wrapped in her words and the worlds she so effortlessly creates. I can happily say she has ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The plot for this book had me interested even before I opened the first page. A young girl gets kidnapped and held for seven months before she is able to escape back to her normal life. This book stars out right in the middle of the captive however most of it is about how our young girl dealt with life after she escaped. I liked this book because most of the ones that I read take place during the abduction so it was nice to see a fictional read about the trauma and aftermath that this caused our ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2019
I think this is a fairly gripping premise (I've certainly wondered how I would react in the - hopefully unlikely - event of being placed in a situation like Jane's) that ends up as a fairly middling read. The portrayal of PTSD and related symptoms (panic attacks, anxiety) is detailed and wrenching, and the writing flows fairly well, though every time I came upon one of the attempts to make the story "anonymous" (e.g. Berkshire Town, No Name High, New England State) I found it a clunky authorial ...more
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Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

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