Haunting, Thrilling and Completely Unforgettable | Review: Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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My first Laurie Faria Stolarz novel was a total success! Jane Anonymous should be at the top of everyone's 2020 YA TBR.

by Laurie Faria Stolarz 

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 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 turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz 
Rating: ★★★★★

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

The first thing you should know is that Jane Anonymous is one of the best upcoming YA releases of 2020. Months have passed since I read my ARC of the novel, yet it lingers in my mind. Almost as if I read it yesterday or even merely hours ago. Talk all consuming and unforgettable.

Jane Anonymous is thrilling, undeniably fascinating, chilling, complex and impossible to put down. Laurie Faria Stolarz pens a beautiful, heartbeat inducing story that features all the best traits a YA contemporary could have. This is a story of coming of age like you so rarely see it: in the key of survival, armed with aching echoes of danger and how a young woman could possibly cope after enduring so much at such a young age.

As the timeline rotates, we can feel the story as it pulses. The characters seemingly real enough to reach out and touch. Bleak, honest, achingly heartbreaking and just as we are lured into a false comfort in the story's final moments we are dealt one final shock. If you want to know only one thing of Jane Anonymous it is that the story is so engrossing, you might very well loose hours to it without realizing.

Truly, it is one of the best YA thrillers I've read since The Cheerleaders and Dangerous Girls , that served up hefty feelings of nostalgia for YA classics such as The Face on the Milk Carton .

This was my first real experience with Laurie Faria Stolarz as an author, but I've heard nothing but phenomenal things about her Blue is for Nightmares series. Based upon my experiences with Jane Anonymous, I cannot wait to begin to explore her backlist in the future. If you are looking for a wild ride of a novel that is beautifully written, captivating, and intensely dynamic look no further than Jane Anonymous.

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