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Jane Anonymous

(Jane Anonymous #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,776 ratings  ·  724 reviews
“Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating tur ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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Laurie Stolarz It isn't graphic, intentionally. Things are also intentionally ambiguous because, for Jane, that is the way her memory is patching things together. Ho…moreIt isn't graphic, intentionally. Things are also intentionally ambiguous because, for Jane, that is the way her memory is patching things together. Hope that helps.(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 09, 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 hel
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Jane Anonymous has always been the typical girl next door.

She is 17-years old and lives in a suburban New England town with her family. She is archetypal of that girl we all know; that girl who maybe we are.

That is until the day she gets abducted while out running an early morning errand.

Subsequently, Jane is held in captivity for seven excruciating months.

This is her story, following Then and Now timelines until the two perspectives finally merge.

The narrative itself is definitely more strea
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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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. Ja
Susan's Reviews
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't be put off by the subject matter: this is a must read book for people who enjoy psychological, introspective, path-to-healing storylines. More people should be reading this spectacularly well-written novel.

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
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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 after the day she was abducted when she is back at home. Sh
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 to ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
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
Katie B
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 captiv
Sandra Hoover
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 fo ...more
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 sto
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 mo
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 wou
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 15, 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!!
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 lik ...more
"We're all broken in some way; it's part of that being human thing I was talking about before. The key is to learn how to carry your broken pieces as you move forward day by day."

Maybe YA mystery/thrillers aren't my thing, because with the exception of Sadie, I've either disliked or felt indifferent about most of the ones I've read. Many of them have such promise, but their endings are so ridiculously predictable that it's like...why bother? Especially when I don't care for the contemporary aspe
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 t
rachel ☾
This was like a Criminal Minds episode... in the fact that it prioritised suspense over its thoughtful exploration of trauma.

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Jane
alana ♡
"Life isn't a race. You go at your own pace, okay?"

My biggest piece of advice for you with this one is before you pick it up to clear your schedule because it's almost impossible to put down. Jane Anonymous is the gripping story of a seventeen year old girl who is trying to readjust her life after being kidnapped for seven months. Told between her time in captivity and the present Jane shares her story as she tries to figure out what her new normal in life is all the while dealing with some
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Initial Thoughts:
This book is about hope, and above all, recognizing that you are human, and the broken pieces of you are what makes you whole.

Rating and RTC soon.


Actual Review:
This started off strong for me and I for sure thought this was going to be a five star book. But then, it started to fizzle out towards the middle and end. I found my attention span drifting off onto other things, which is never a good sign while reading something you're supposed to be enjoying. I di
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

I loved the idea of this book from the blurb and I think that YA thrillers and suspense are in shorter supply, so I was all anticipation over reading it. This was a story of a 17 year old teen, Jane who was kidnapped and held by a mysterious young monster of a man. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye.

JANE ANONYMOUS was a fast-paced and tense read. My heart was beating and in my mouth at various junctures. Jane’s capture and imprisonment were told in the ‘then’ time fr
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
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Thanks to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for an ARC!

CW: kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, PTSD, panic attack, trauma, guilt, and some self-harm themes

Wow, this book is crazy. Jane Anonymous is the name that the MC gives us so she, well, keeps herself anonymous. She was kidnapped for seven months and she's trying to get back to "normal" after the trauma that she went through.

Lately, I've been reading a lot of books about trauma and trauma treatment so I know more about the subject. And that means, w
MissBecka Gee
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.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, ya-books, 2021
A YA psychological thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is trying to cope with life after escaping 7 months of captivity

Told in alternating, then and now timelines, we experience Jane's pain, confusion and struggles as she both copes with captivity and then freedom. Enjoyed how this covered both aspects and just how hard both were for the victim. Freedom from captivity doesn't mean a happy ending and this book depicts that well. Everyone wants Jane to go back to being the Jane she was "before"
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 h
Rachael  Fryman
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
January 2021:
My reread was JUST as intense as the first reading! This time I tried the audio and it definitely matched the emotional level of the story. I read this for the first time a little over a year ago and have not stopped thinking about it! This book is such a ride - from fear and confusion to shock and horror to, finally, hope.

December 2019:
Six word summary: THEN: Girl, abducted. NOW: Girl, broken.

Loved: That this book really built. At the beginning you're just thrown in and you're not
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I really can't decide how I feel about this. I think 4 stars? This is definitely subject to change because I want to dwell on this one a little bit before I review it. I definitely couldn't put it down, though. RTC ...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.

Stolarz found sales success with he

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