The voice on the radio / Caroline B. Cooney.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997
In this sequel to [cf2]The Face on the Milk Carton[cf1] and [cf2]Whatever Happened to Janie?[cf1] (both Delacorte), Janie, now a high school senior, revisits her experience of having been kidnapped as a small child. Tensions mount when Janie's boyfriend uses her story on his college radio talk show, but the crisis initiates healing between Janie and her birth family. While the characterization lacks depth and much of the book recapitulates the earlier books, fans of the series will enjoy the latest in Janie's saga. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
PW Reviews 1996 July #4
Readers of Cooney's addictive The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? can start licking their chops. This juicy novel serves up the further life and times of Janie Johnson, who in the previous works learned that she had been kidnapped at age three from one loving family and deposited with another. Cooney brings new readers up to speed ingeniously: Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, now a college freshman, is trying to make a name for himself at the campus radio station, and in desperation he resorts to brief installments of Janie's twisted history. He achieves almost instant popularity and fame, which help salve his conscience for betraying Janie's deepest confidences. Meanwhile Janie, a very private person, endures her senior year of high school, fending off incursions from reporters and curious classmates, and drawing closer to her birth family, the Springs. Janie hazards upon one of Reeve's broadcasts and is devastated; Cooney compensates for the predictability of this plotting with a few gorgeously timed surprises. What this novel (and its predecessors) lacks in credibility it makes up for in psychological accuracy and well-aimed, gossipy views of teens?Cooney seems to have a special radar for adolescent longings and insecurities, not to mention campus chic (one of Reeve's fellow deejays, for example, affects the on-air name Derek Himself). Janie's appeal is so believable that readers will want to believe in the story, too, especially in the tender scenes between Janie and her Spring mother. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Nonfiction Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.
PW Reviews 1998 August #3
Janie, the once-kidnapped heroine of The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, has her past revealed to the public when her boyfriend becomes a college DJ. "Cooney seems to have a special radar for adolescent longings and insecurities," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews