Book Club- The Girl on the Milk Carton

Last weekend, I was walking around Downtown Boise, since it was one of the last weeks of the local Farmer’s Market. I stopped into my favorite bookstore in downtown, Rediscovered Books. They were having a huge event, because it was apparently Banned Books Day. On display were tons of books that had all been banned for the year of 2017. That doesn’t mean they aren’t selling anywhere, or are no longer able to be read, you just won’t be able to find them in your local libraries and participating bookstores. Along with the displays of books, it had reasonings for why each book was banned this year. Books like ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Greene, and ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ have now been banned as of this year. Among these books, was a book called ‘The Face on the Milk Carton’. I read the synopsis on the back and was immediately drawn to it. I bought it and read it in a day, because I enjoyed it so much.



Caroline B. Cooney writes this thrilling tale of Janie Johnson, a small town Connecticut girl who dreams of bigger things for her life. One day, she finds a milk carton with her face on it and is drawn back to another time that she can hardly remember. After discovering she was once kidnapped, and is now potentially living with her kidnappers, we follow along in this epic tale of discovery and secrets, as she tries to figure out the truth about her own life.  


Why I Chose This Book:

First of all, it’s now technically a banned book, so of course I was drawn to it. But I thought it would be an intriguing and mystery filled story; and I was right. The idea of a girl living with potential kidnappers was fascinating to me and something I really wanted to sink my teeth into.


What I Didn’t Like:

There wasn’t much about this book that I hated. Although sad, it is mysterious with a hint of romance that keeps from being too dark of a book.


What I Did Like:

Pretty much everything. The whole time I was reading, I was anxiously waiting for something else to happen or for the character to discover something else that was more haunted about her life. The author also did a great job of integrating flashbacks into the story, which is not an easy feat. It was well written without having so much overdone detail and storylines. It was interesting and kept me always wondering what would happen next, or what the motive of certain characters may be.


Absolutely I would recommend this book. In fact, it is a whole series and I have just finished the second book in the series, which is just as good as the first. It is a page turner and at times, even a nail biter. I loved this book and would read it again.

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