Jane Anonymous
Jane Anonymous
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Annotation: In chapters alternating between "then" and "now," seventeen-year-old Jane Anonymous chronicles the events leading up to her abduction and seven-month captivity and her painful return to family and friends.
Catalog Number: #205005
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 306 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-30370-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-30370-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019037603
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up Seventeen-year-old "Jane" was popping into work for a last-minute gift when she was abducted. Held in captivity for seven months, Jane was fed through a cat door, instructed to bathe and keep her room clean, and given stars for good behavior. Then Jane met and developed a deeply emotional attachment to fellow captive Mason, who visited while sneaking through the air ducts. But when Jane finally escaped and sent the police back after Mason, he was nowhere to be found. Jane is back home with her family now, but she left part of herself behind. As she works to readjust to life outside of confinement, difficult memories begin to surface, and Jane isn't sure she wants to know the truth. Alternating between events Then and Nowduring captivity and the presentJane tells her story as an attempt at therapy. The teen's struggle is at the center of the plot and includes believable coping mechanisms, realistic depictions of panic attacks, and detailed descriptions of her confinement, but the work does touch on the suffering of side characters as well. Knowing from the beginning that she survives her ordeal allows readers to focus on the details of Jane's captivity and recovery. Though this close examination may lead some readers to decipher the work's conclusion beforehand, the ending is no less compelling because of it. VERDICT A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read. Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC
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School Library Journal (11/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Seven months. That's how long I was kept captive. Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. And when I finally escaped, I prayed I'd never see him again. Now that I'm home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don't understand that dining out and shopping trips can't heal what's broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy--but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should've stayed buried. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened--and will it break me forever?

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