15 January 2014

{Guest Post + Review} See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

By: Me My Shelf And I | 15 January 2014 at 12:22 AM | | | | | | | | | |

Last year I read a fantastic Young Adult Novel called Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne. I became and immediate fan! So when Sourcebooks reached out to see if I would be willing to have Hannah and her new book See Jane Run on the blog, I looked like this:

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BOOK REVIEW

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See Jane Run
Author: Hannah Jayne
Pages: 288
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4.5 Birds

I know who you are.
When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.
Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.
The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

What would you do if you found a birth certificate for a mystery kid stuffed in (of all places) your baby book? Birthdates don’t match up with yours, the parents listed don’t match up with yours and Google is no help whatsoever! You investigate on your own of course!

Riley Spencer is sure that whoever this Jane is, can’t possibly be her. At first. After enough evidence, or lack of evidence in some cases, she starts to think that it might be a possibility. She can’t turn to her parents, they are totally overprotective and would flip out instantly. She can’t turn to her best friend for everything either, her obsession with this little mystery makes everything seem more like a made for TV movie than actual real life, and right now Riley needs to keep her feet planted in reality as much as possible. There’s always JD, the hot bad boy from school who might just be a little too eager to help her out.

All this leaves Riley alone, scared and even more determined to find out the truth, no matter the cost.

Filled with all the twists and turns you would expect from a Hannah Jayne young adult novel – you’ll literally walk in Riley’s shoes, never knowing who to trust, second guessing everyone and every thing. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, you’ll be tossed the other direction with out warning!

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GUEST POST

What secrets did Hannah keep as a teenager?

I don’t know what it is about being a teenager but something happens between twelve and say, fifteen. All of the sudden your simple life is thrown into massive confusion, secret missions, and bizarre campaigns. It’s like you’ve been dropped into some James Bond movie and your job is to keep every secret ever.

That being said, I kept a lot of secrets as a teenager. Some were benign: my actual weight, the fact that Sara really did get perms to get her “signature” curls, the knowledge that Kevin and JC made out in the closet at that one party in October. And some that weren’t the kind of secrets I should have kept—like that that Pam kept vodka in the water bottle she sipped from at school, that Jess’s boyfriend thought she was eighteen (because he was twenty-nine), that my boyfriend was so jealous he called me every hour and freaked if I didn’t immediately answer.

The small secrets—weights, perms, crushes, whose kissing who—were silly and fun and a part of high school and being a teenager. Those are the cool spy secrets, the ones you tell late at night and pinkie swear never to repeat—“Omigod! They made out in the car in front of my house?! Those are the ones you’ll remember for twenty years and taunt your old high school friends with later—“Hey, remember when you swore that you and BJ were going to get married?!”

The other ones—the secrets that make you feel weird or anxious or scared—you’ll remember for twenty years, too but not for the same reasons. Those are the ones you’ll keep remembering and keep thinking, “I should have told someone,” or “I could have done something.” Those are the ones that if you did tell, or at least refuse to keep, can take you from super spy to super hero even if it means betraying a trust. Sometimes a secret isn’t meant to be kept. Sometimes that plaintive whisper in your ear could be someone screaming for help. Except for the one about my actual weight. That one I’m taking to the grave.

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