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Jane Anonymous

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  285 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,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 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 and
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Jane Anonymous is a compulsively readable YA psychological thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is trying to cope after escaping 7 months of captivity.

The narrative is told from Jane’s point of view, and shifts between “Now” and “Then.” In “Now” she writes about the aftermath of her kidnapping. While she has returned home, she is no longer the carefree girl who worried about trivial things. Everyone, from her mother to her friends, wants her to go back to being the Jane they loved.
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 ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Jane Anonymous is your run of the mill, 17-year old girl, living in a suburban town, New England state.

That is until she gets abducted while out running an early morning errand. She remains in captivity for 7-months. Locked in a room, alone.

This is her story, following 'then' and 'now' timelines until 'then' and 'now' merge.

The narrative itself is more 'stream of consciousness' then I tend to enjoy but I'll tell you what, in this case, it didn't bother me at all.

I actually feel that it was a
Chelsea Humphrey
After sitting on this review for almost a week, I'm going to keep it brief. I'd like to state that I'm not a teenager, and therefore not the target audience, so some of the issues I had with this book might not be the case for the YA crowd. The writing is easy to get caught up in, and the format and storytelling style make it difficult to put this book down once you've begun. The author has a way with keeping the reader glued, and that's no small feat. My problems likely stem from having read ...more
Katie B
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been so emotionally connected to a character in a really long time. It's like I felt everything she felt. The publisher synopsis describes this book as gripping and I agree completely as I started reading the book in the afternoon and was done before I went to bed.

I'm going to keep the synopsis of the book short and simple. Jane Anonymous is a teenager when she is kidnapped. Seven months later she is back living at her house with her parents. So what happened while she was held
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Pages: 320
Publication: January 7th 2020

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 after the day she
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) can be tracked if ever
This is a very suspenseful novel about a seventeen year old called Jane who is abducted and held captive until she manages to escape some months later. Once home again, Jane struggles to reconnect with her close friends and family and decides to write about her experience as therapy. Told in two time lines she writes about her time in captivity and in the aftermath when she is finding it hard to overcome her trauma and make sense of all that happened to her.

This was a quick read as chapters
Susan's Reviews
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Anonymous is a very brave, strong girl who must somehow learn to trust again. Her old carefree life is gone. She laments that her recent abduction caused so many people, including her parents, grief and turmoil, but she is barely managing to hold on to her own sanity as she battles her fears and trust issues every second of the day.

This is an outstanding novel about abduction, Stockholm syndrome, overcoming self-blame in abuse situations, and finding the right fit when it comes to choosing
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slightly dark, definitely heartbreaking, Jane Anonymous is everything you would expect from this author and the subject matter.

This is a story that will resonate with you, shake you up and dump out all the pieces again as you struggle and grieve right along with Jane, with her parents, and with her friends as the story slowly unfolds from “then” and “now”.

All the feels! Stolarz takes you on a wild roller coaster of a ride through the ups and downs, the heartache, the triumphs, and the dark dark
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!!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz is probably best described as a thrilling young adult contemporary. The book tells the story of Jane Anonymous who had been kidnapped and held prisoner for seven months by alternating between Jane in the present time after her escape and going back to the past while she was captive.

In the present Jane has gone through many types of therapy and people helping her deal with what happened but now feels the best way to deal with it would be to write her own
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I know that my reviews today are beginning to be repetitive, but I literally couldn't put this one down.

Laurie Faria Stolarz's Jane is a memorable protagonist as she recounts the seven months she was held captive and the aftermath in which she tries to rebuild her life by writing her story. The chapters alternate between "THEN" and "NOW" and highlight Jane's struggle to accept the traumatic event that she survived.

I have no idea why I like "kidnapping" stories so much, but something about Jane
WOW! If ever there was a book that should be summed up by that one word it is Jane Anonymous. From the first word of the prologue to the last letter in the book, I was fully engrossed and utterly captivated. Not once did I look up, stop for a break; I’m not sure I even breathed until I finished. It.Is.That.Good. Need more? Fine.

The prologue is an open to letter to us, the readers, from “Jane” who has just returned from being held captive for seven months by a monster. Jane was taken one early
Kristy K
Although I enjoyed Stolarz's writing, I found myself annoyed a lot while reading this. The story alternates between now and then, which I found effective in holding my attention. Jane is a teenage girl who was taken and held captive for seven months. She chooses to write about her experience as a form of therapy. The plot was predictable but the story flowed. What got me irritated was how Jane's mom and best friend, Shelley, treated her and expected her to act. It seemed selfish and I didn't ...more
rachel ☾
This was like a Criminal Minds episode... in the fact that it prioritised suspense over its thoughtful exploration of trauma.

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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Psychological intrigue in a darkly twisted tale of abduction and its aftermath at its disturbing best. Laurie Faria Stolarz’s JANE ANONYMOUS is spellbinding in its raw presentation as we witness one teen’s painful journey to healing the scars of a seven month long abduction.

Will Jane ever find her place in the world again? Will she ever be able to enter a room without the hushed stares or whispered comments? Will she ever feel comfortable in her own skin or in her own judgment? Is it possible
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
To say I was totally unprepared for the impact this compelling book had on me is an understatement. From Jane's first written words in her journal to her message to readers on the last page, I found it hard to breathe. Jane Anonymous is the gripping, heart-wrenching story of a seventeen year old girl's kidnapping, her struggles to escape captivity with body and mind intact, and her inability to merge back into her old life with family and friends once she came home. Jane was held in captivity ...more
I love a book that gets me hooked right away! This was such a gripping and intense story that puts a lot of emphasis on how a traumatic event can affect the mind.

Jane is seventeen and will soon be starting her Senior year of high school. She has a great best friend, a potential new boyfriend and loving parents. Life as she knows it becomes shattered when she is kidnapped and held in a small room for months.

The story moves back and forth to before she was kidnapped to the present and highlights
Absolutely fantastic!
This was entertaining from the get-go and just kept going.
I was able to figure out the "twist" early on, but somehow that only hooked me more?
I needed to know the whys and the hows of what led up to it.
Highly recommend this to freaking everyone!
Much love to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my DRC.
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
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One day, as Jane runs to her work to grab a gift for her friend, she is kidnapped by a man posing as a customer. She spends the next seven months trapped in a compound with other teens who have been captured. The story alternates between "then" when Jane is captured and "now" as Jane deals with the aftermath of being rescued and returned to "normal" life.

I really loved this story. There have been
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anaconda
This is definitely a polarizing book with a character coming to terms with her trauma. Some readers may encounter frustration from the fact Jane Anonymous can't recover as fast as you'd like her. Although it's nobody's fault except the kidnapper, we have to recognize that extreme conditions lead to extreme coping mechanisms.

How does one return to normal after months of psychological torture? I don't think that there is a way to completely erase what fundamentally changes you. It's now a part
Happy Pub Day, Jane!

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 out of 5 Stars

"Nothing made sense, except the obvious: He'd been watching me long before I was taken."

This page-turning contemporary kept me up well past my bedtime; and not only because I craved resolution, but also because of Stolarz's ability to write an addictive narrative.

Toggling between "then" and "now," Jane Anonymous shares an anonymous "Jane's" tale of
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From the beginning I found this book moving and compelling. I found myself lost in the plot and couldn't put it down till I finished it. With a myriad of interesting characters for the reader to identify with and a truly engaging plot and I needed to find out what had happened to the unfortunate main character in the story, Jane.

I especially loved the epilogue as the ending left me wanting more, it was very well written. I like the way the author attends to all the details and really tells all
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Anonymous is a thriller that explores both the emotional trauma of being kidnapped and surviving captivity and the fallout and struggle and pressure to return to ‘normal’ post escape. It’s a heart wrenching book that made me want to slap the adults in Jane’s life. It’s a story about the power of emotions. It’s a story about fear and trust and starting over.

One morning, while stopping in early at work to grab her best-friend’s birthday present, Jane Anonymous is kidnapped. Shoved into a car
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
—.:* Quick recap!
This book is about a reminisce from a girl who got kidnapped and locked up for seven months.
Read this book if you're a fan of YA mystery combined with a sense of memoir in it.
You might want to consider it because it includes a lot of graphic scenes.

Jane Anonymous was a hard-hitting contemporary, mixed with the thrill of not just an abduction, but also recovery. With extraordinary execution of telling the story through an alternate timeline, bold and raw characters, and
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 JANE ANONYMOUS was fresh take on the
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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.

Stolarz found sales success with
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