Jane Anonymous, by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Length: 320 pages
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?
Today I’ve got a few deleted scenes for you guys!
Cut Scene #1, from Jane Anonymous’s journal:
Things I used to like:
- Waking up in the morning
- Spending time with my friends
- Italian food
- Granola bars, peanut butter-filled pretzels, dried mango, and salted almonds
- Mystery novels
- My pretty purple running shoes
- Clothing from Cha Cha La Mer and Run Like Wolves
- Lemon, the shelter cat
Things I like now:
- The four gray walls of my bedroom
- Places I feel safe, i.e. my closet, my bed (most of the time), the bathroom at the library, beneath my bedroom table
- Hearing my mother’s voice
- Watching my parents sleep
- Indian food take-out
- Potato chips, lemon-lime soda, Snickers bars
- Earning star points for good behavior
- Lemon, the shelter cat
Cut scene #2 from Jane Anonymous’s journal:
I’m not sure how long it was before I started calling the guy who took me a monster. Three weeks? A full month? Prior to that point, my brain had been working feverishly to try to fix the situation – to come up with a logical explanation as to why I was still there. Maybe he’d grabbed the wrong girl. Maybe I’d mistakenly become the victim of some sorority prank gone wrong. In the tiny recesses of my mind, where hope still lived, I wanted so desperately for this to have been a mistake – something he’d undo at any moment. But, when hours became days, and days became weeks, and I was still waiting for the undoing, the truth settled in, and the word monster stuck.
I opened my eyes one morning, thinking back to a story I’d read in French class, about a man who appeared beautiful from behind – standing six feet tall, with thick waves of hair, and dressed in a dark suit that showed off the broadness of his shoulders and his long, muscular legs. Only once he’d turned around, his victims could see he was a monster. By that time, it was too late.
You’d think that having been groomed with stories like that, I’d have known much better than to fall for the monster’s trick. But, apparently, I was just as naive as Marbelle in the story.
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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.