About the Author: 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.
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery Thriller
Synopsis: 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?
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. It was about a girl, Jane, who was kidnapped for 7 months before the start of her senior year and goes into detail about how she processes what happened to her and deals with guilt, (view spoiler), and PTSD. Overall, this is a story about bravery, hope, loss, healing, and love.
I have to admit that I saw the twist coming, but I was still hooked on the book and wanted to see how the events would play out. Because Jane doesn't trust/like the previous therapists she's talked to (it is explained why in the book), she turns to writing as a form of therapy to try and make sense of what happened to her comparing her life before she went missing to her life now.
Overall, I would recommend this book to others and I think the author did a great job of exploring issues of trauma and loss in a way that not only pulls at your heartstrings but also seemed to be a realistic approach of the aftermath of a traumatic experience.
P.S. My favorite quote from the book is: “Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”
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This novel releases January 7, 2020.