History isn’t a straight line from the beginning to the end. You’ve got to study everything in between. That’s where the real answers are.”Excerpt from:
The History of Jane Doe
by Michael Belanger
Synopsis from Goodread:
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 known as Jane Doe.
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.
I discovered this novel while browsing Goodreads. I’m not sure why I read this one, but after reading positive reviews about it, I decided to read it right away.
Actually, based on the critiques I’ve read, the author of this work is similar to John Green in terms of writing. I’m not a fan of John Green, yet something piqued my interest. Compared to John Green, I think this author is better. I was gripped from the first chapter, unlike in John Green’s work, where I couldn’t feel anything since it didn’t touch my heart.
The main issue with this story was that it moved so slowly that you were inclined to skim over other scenes. I also liked this one since I like stories that deal with mental illness, and I was curious to find out what happened to Jane. Though the narrative is sad, it did not make me weep, but I am satisfied with it.
I suggest it to anybody interested in reading literature on mental illness.