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What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney
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Sep 05, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2012, young-adult

This is the fourth and last in Cooney's Janie series. Janie discovers that her father had been sending money to the woman who kidnapped her. She has to deal with her anger at his deception while at the same time cope with her grief and fear because he has suffered a heart attack and stroke and may not survive. She decides to set out to meet the woman who kidnapped her and find out the answers to her many questions about her kidnapping.

Cooney has a gift for capturing adolescence: the conflicting (and conflicted) emotions, the silliness with friends, the realization that even with the best intention one's actions can seriously impact other people. Unfortunately, this fourth novel is probably the weakest of the three I've read. At the best of times Cooney jumps from situation to flashback to an entirely different situation with little exposition. The first half of this novel seemed very disjointed. Fortunately, the second half comes together as Janie decides whether to meet her kidnapper.
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