Book Review: The Face on the Milk Carton
Written by Caroline B. Cooney
Reviewed by Pallav Regmi, age 14
The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney, is about a 15-year-old girl named Janie Johnson who discovers a picture of a girl named Jennie Springs on the back of a milk carton.
Jennie was kidnapped 12 years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey. Because the girl’s red hair looks a lot like her own, Janie starts to wonder if she and the girl on the carton could be the same person. When Janie discovers her parents don’t have her birth certificate (she needs it to get her driver’s license), she begins to experience memories of the past and starts to look deeper into the kidnapping of Jennie Springs.
Janie finds new information that leads her down different paths in investigating the mystery of Jennie’s kidnapping. When she tells Reeve, a long-time friend, whom she also has feelings for, he tells her she’s being ludicrous and to forget about it. They end up having a fight, hurting their friendship, and resulting in Reeve pairing up with a new girlfriend. Janie realizes that Reeve felt ignored because she only talked about the kidnapping in his presence.
Janie ends up feeling guilty for what she did, but the mystery and drama doesn’t end there. The rest of the book is filled with unexpected twists that will have you glued to the pages.
I thought this was a great book. I loved the fact that the author wrote this story with one main conflict interwoven with several smaller ones. The addition of the relationship with Reeve added some spice to the story and I found myself relating to many of Janie’s problems.
The Face on the Milk Carton is the first book of the Janie Johnson series. I would recommend this book to anyone in middle school or older. It combines mystery, romance, and drama into a great read. Pick it up and you’ll see just what I mean. I guarantee you won’t want to put this book down.