Review: The Voice on the Radio

December 4, 2011 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Review: The Voice on the RadioThe Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney
Series: Janie Johnson #3
Published by Delacorte Press on September 1, 1996
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Library

The kidnapping is long past. Janie Johnson can never change what happened to her or to the families that love her. But finally life seems to be settling down for the Springs and the Johnsons.

The worst part of this new life for Janie is that Reeve Shields is away at college. Janie misses him terribly, no matter how many e-mails they send each other. As for Reeve, he's finding life at college overwhelming. He goes to work at the school radio station, hoping a late-night gig will give him what he craves--popularity and fame. Reeve gets his chance to be the voice on the radio, and when he tells the most fascinating story he knows, his show becomes a sensation. Reeve is so sure that Janie will never discover what's making his
broadcast such a hit that he doesn't stop himself. But what will be the price for Janie?

As Janie knew, the facts about the little girl on the milk carton had to be uncovered, no matter how much pain they caused. Now the truth about what Reeve is doing must come out. Whose voice will help Janie when she must face not only her incredible past, but also her unknown future?

With the page-turning suspense that made The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? best-sellers, Caroline B. Cooney once again explores the meaning of betrayal, the power of words, and the intensity of love.

The Voice on the Radio could have come off like a rehash of The Face on the Milk Carton, but it didn’t, I was riveted once again.  Janie’s story was told in a new refreshing voice as fascinating as it was the first time.  Although, I had a hard time getting past what a prick Reeve was being.  Reeve,  the perfect boy next door, why Reeve, why?  How could you sell your girlfriend like that?  Even the head of the radio station said as much.  I was disappointed.  Although,  despite my loathing Reeve his scenes were my favorite as they were the most dramatic.  The Janie front was filled with whining and crying which gets a little old.  I really enjoyed this installment in the Janie Johnson series, even though Janie was like a whiny three-year-old and Reeve was an undeserving dick, because occasionally I think its fun no matter how annoying to have a character you want to throw the book at.


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