Jane Anonymous
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: January 7th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 320 
My Rating: 

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?
A girl that was kidnapped comes home and is dealing with the aftermath of being taken.
I am a sucker for a good thriller novel. Rarely are young adult thrillers this good. The novel alternates between present-day and while the main character, Jane is in captivity. My heart was racing throughout the entire book. Jane Anonymous is one book that I read in almost one sitting. 

I loved the author's writing style. The entire thing was so entertaining! I felt for the character's so much. The idea of being taken is absolutely crazy to me. How do you even overcome something like that? Not to mention get over it and move on? The book explores these very questions. 

Please, do not pick up this book if you are sensitive to abduction, abuse, etc. At times, it is very hard to read. Mental health is also greatly explored. How life can never go back to how it was before after such intense trauma. The book dealt with anxiety, PTSD, and depression beautifully. I applaud the author very much for this betrayal in young adult fiction. I haven't read such a powerful YA novel in a while as far as mental health goes. 

Jane Anonymous tries to convey hope even in the roughest situations. The cliffhangers are absolutely insane and will have you on the edge of your seat! I still haven't gotten over this story. Jane Anonymous deserves so much more hype. 

The only reason why this one didn't get five stars from me is that it dealt with such an emotional topic. That at times, it did become hard for me to read. Otherwise, it is a beautiful book. Don't be fooled... Jane Anonymous is one dark book. I will be picking up more of the author's books. I loved her writing style. Her characterization was flawless. Jane Anonymous was the thriller that I was looking to read.

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 her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been named on various awards list.