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Call Me Jane (The Oshkosh Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Call Me Jane is the second book in Mrs. Carson's Oshkosh Trilogy. In this book we learn more about Jane as a child and how her life ended up where she is in book one. Here is where we start to meet the people you have already been introduced too only this is when their lives really started changing. You see the beginning of the end of Jane's relationship with her parents and her ride down the roller coaster of teenage challenges with emotions. Jane is a complicated character that shows how everyone's choices effect others whether you see that effect or not. I read Jane as me when I have been told I am not good enough or when I get questioned on my choices.
Who Jane is in The Dark Lake starts to take form in Call Me Jane as friendships form while others break and Jane starts to form the habits that choose her path for her sometimes. Where The Dark Lake makes you confront your demons as an adult, Call Me Jane shows us the little starts to some of our darker issues.
Mrs. Carson makes you a very welcome guest in her world. It is distinctly Jane's world but I never feel out of place. I find myself finding little things through out this series that make me smile because I understand the feeling or meaning behind them from my own life. Mrs. Carson takes you places, she does not lead or suggest, she takes you places in a very good way.
I would strongly agree with the reviewer who called this a cautionary tale, and I hope it can serve that purpose for readers. But I look at this story from the distance of many years older, and not completely in touch with the youth of today, which is the major audience. And I wonder if the underlying message is the same for them.
My recommendation would be to more fully develop the characters, but I'm not sure the starkness of this writing isn't part of the message being told. No frills, no padding, just reality slapping us between the eyes.
This is not a book I would pick up for light reading but the message is well told, if disturbing and in many ways so sad.
This is such a real story without any sugar-coating. I read this book and pictured each scene like actually present and easily allowed myself to be sucked in. It's relatable, even if you didn't grow up in this decade, even if you never smoked a cigarette or tried drugs, because this is how adolescence feels. Defiance. Feeling on top of the world yet completely lost. It demonstrates how pivotal these years can be in a person's life.
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