A poignant, deeply funny coming-of-age story about first love, first loss, and the power of history to give life meaning.History buff Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown. Burgerville's past is riddled with green cow sightings and human groundhogs, but the most interesting thing about the present is the new girl--we'll call her Jane Doe.Inscrutable, cool, and above all mysterious, Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it. As fascination turns to friendship and then to something more, Ray is certain he knows Jane's darkest, most painful secrets and Jane herself--from past to present. But when the unthinkable happens, Ray is forced to acknowledge that perhaps history can only tell us so much.Mixing humor with heartache, this is an unmissable coming-of-age story from an exciting new voice in YA....
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The History of Jane Doe Reviews
Ray Green is the appealing adolescent narrator of The History of Jane Doe. He and his sidekick, Simon are the quirky kids at school, outsiders until they meet Jane, the new girl. Ray is a twenty first century Holden Caulfield trying to navigate the minefield of adolescent life. Like Holden he is alienated from his parents and most of his peers and like Holden we learn about his angst as he expresses it to his therapist.
What makes Ray appealing is the part of him he shares with Simon and Jane wh ...more
I fell in love with the characters right from the beginning. This book made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes at the same time. The story was honest and real and it’s a story that young adults need right now. I wish I had this book when I was in high school.
Top Ten Reasons to read The History of Jane Doe:
1) My mom loves it.
2) My dad gave it a lukewarm, "pretty good," which in dad language counts as a five star.
3) My cat, Louisa, has tried to eat the hardcover edition multiple times.
4) Way before Louisa literally tried to gobble it up, Kirkus gave it a starred review and said, "Fans of John Green will gobble this one up."
5) Publishers Weekly called it an "exceptional debut," and I'm almost positive no friends or extended family work there.
6) The ...more
I received an ARC of this novel via the First To Read program through Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review.
Ray loves history, especially the local legends involving his suburban hometown of Burgherville, CT. Ray and Simon, his teen vampire loving sidekick, are not what you would call the popular kids in school. When Jane Doe, the cool and mysterious new girl, moves to town and befriends them their live will be forever changed. Ray decides to take Jane through all of Burgher ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was such a good representation of what history means, how it can be entirely subjective. We write our own histories and leave out some pieces to make our past seem lighter than the reality. Ray learns this about “Jane” as he tries to piece together what happened to her and how he could have changed her history, made it better, made it different. But history is a funny thing and one we need all the details of in order to see the whole picture.
Seen through the eyes of a youth that has already loved and lost, this story is cut into parts so that he can write out the history: Before Jane, and After Jane. Struggling with the hurt feelings, guilt, unanswered questions and trying to find his place again; Ray is drowning and no amount of therapy, parenting, or friendship can reach him. He always understood history, and wanted to write Jane’s; so that she wasn’t forgotten. But how much did she know about the bright, quirky girl with ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I need a bucket for these tears! The synopsis on the back of the ARC had prepared me for something "beautiful, horrible, astonishing, hilarious", and this story delivered. I cried, but I also laughed a lot, and I really appreciated Belanger's representation of Jane's struggles with mental illness. It was honest and realistic, and he said those things that we can't get our loved ones to quite understand.
There was a whole lot that I liked about this book. The characters were great and I found myself liking them almost instantly. I thought that the way the story was told in alternating chapters of before and after worked really well and I just had to know what happened to Jane. I thought that the book dealt with some very difficult topics very well.
ARC provided by the publisher via First to Read. Full review to be posted soon.