Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Jane Anonymous

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, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to s...

Details Jane Anonymous

TitleJane Anonymous
Release DateJan 7th, 2020
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Reviews Jane Anonymous

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 a...
  • 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...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    This turned into an unintentional buddy read with Shannon and we have some thoughts about this one. Review to come. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
  • Tijana
    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 ...
  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    Pages: 320Expected publication: January 7th 2020Fantastic! 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...
  • 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!!
  • Katie B
    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 p...
  • Dianne
    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...
  • 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)[ableism, sexual assault, rape mentioned & implied, trauma & ptsd (central theme), panic & anxiety attacks, Stockholm Syndrome, suicide, self harm (op) drugging w/o consent, graphic blood depiction, physical injury, illness, emesis, death of a grandmother mentioned and kidnapping & captivi...
  • 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 ...
  • Aly
    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 ...
  • lua
    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 w...
  • Susan's Reviews
    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, an...
  • 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.***4.5 STARSAs 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 ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; 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 themesWow, 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 s...
  • Rachel Finney
    Thank you so much NetGalley for letting me read Jane Anonymous.This book, man. There is so much to say. This book was raw and real, with no happily ever after or moments of relief. It handles extremely tough themes such as survivalism, Stockholm Syndrome, suicide and mental health. While the main character is the crux of the story, her family, friends and even captor are painted so vividly with flaws and strengths. There are times when I had to w...
  • Madison
    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 ...
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    3.5 starsThis was a tense, compelling ride but I am frustrated by the unanswered questions I am left with. Review to come for the blog.
  • Joanna Bennett
    So captivating and heartbreaking at the same time!Full Review to Come. (closer to release date)
  • Andrea Pole
    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...
  • 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 happe...
  • Kate Grace
    Jane Anonymous is part enthralling, part stomach-turning. The YA novel interrogates the effects of trauma through the “self-authored” abduction and captivity narrative of seventeen-year-old Jane. What I loved about the book...- Narrative POV. “Dear Reader(s),” begins the prologue; Jane, we learn, has made the decision to write her own story, in light of traditional therapy so far failing her. - Experimental structure. The novel unfolds in...
  • Anne
    This is one of those books that took me by surprise; I was compelled to read it in one sitting as it sucked me in from page one! Seriously, my husband asked, "What's on your plate for the day?" and I held up my kindle...sorry, not sorry. Jane is abducted after returning to her workplace to retrieve a birthday gift for her best friend. She doesn't recognize the assailant and is shocked to wake up and discover she is confined to a small room with a...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Healing starts the moment we feel heard."Laurie Faria Stolarz writes a haunting tale of a young woman’s story of survival and the aftermath of her kidnapping. But I can’t help but feel that there was something missing. This story is told in the past and the present. We know she was kidnapped and we also know that she survived/escaped. The past fills in the gaps of what happened after the kidnapping. The now tells us how she’s coping and de...
  • Morgan
    It’s not often that a book can scare me. Inevitably when a book scares me I put it down never to return to it. Jane Anonymous broke this pattern of mine. This YA novel from Laurie Faria Stolarz was disturbing and bone chilling for me as a mother. Yet, from the opening chapter, I couldn’t put it down. Each character’s raw emotion was portrayed so realistically. The story unfolded so naturally and gave realistic varying viewpoints. I had neve...
  • Madelaine Pope
    I won an ARC of Jane Anonymous in a Goodreads giveaway. Using alternating “then” and “now” chapters, Jane Anonymous tells the story of a girl, Jane, who is kidnapped, held captive for 7 months, escapes, and has to learn to live her life again. I have never read a kidnapping book before, so I don’t know how this book compares to others in the genre. Even so, I thought Jane Anonymous was well-written, compelling, and emotional. Jane’s c...