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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?
The book as a whole was solid read, but I don’t feel like the book itself did what the author had intended it to do. Not for me anyways. But first lets start with this:
And honestly– I don’t mind when sentences are structured like that 80% of the time (Marni Mann executes this type of sharp writing perfectly) but it was really repetitive throughout the entire book. Not just in important or meaningful parts. I just don’t think the writing Jane Anonymous was strong enough. Not only that, but the alternating timeline at times got confusing, and no real plot direction. All from the writing I think. So it was definitely a snowball effect on this one.
This was a quick read that had some really great parts in it. I enjoyed it for the most part and really found the small twists and turns and psychological aspects very interesting. I just didn’t love it.