Top positive review
Well Written and Though Provoking
on April 11, 2014
What struck me most about this book was that no one (with the possible exception of Reeve) seem to think about what was best for Janie or have any sort of realistic expectations about her reunion with the Spring family. While the Spring clearly love their daughter, they don't have her best interests at heart. Instead they insist that she immediately come to live with them. On the day Janie leaves her adoptive family, she has not yet even met the Springs. She is told that she cannot contact her adoptive parents, her friends or her boyfriend for at least three months and then 'they'd see.' As if someone can turn love on and off like a faucet and quit their family cold turkey. How can these otherwise intelligent adults have thought this was a good idea? How could anyone think this was in Janie's best interests?
Further, none of the Spring children seem to have been given any guidance about their expectations of their lost sister. Janie is met with hostility because she (quite rightly) is overwhelmed at being taken away from the life and family she knows and dropped into an alien situation. Because she has a hard time answering to a different name or calling strangers 'Mom and Dad', she's branded a rotten person and spoiled brat. Is it any shock she's acting out and not making any attempts to fit in?
Overall Cooney had written a well crafted novel that does a great job of capturing the chaotic emotions and heart-rending choices of a terrible situation. A terrific follow up to "The Face on the Milk Carton".