Book review: “The Face on the Milk Carton”

Reviewed by Carissa Lavin

In The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, Janie’s life is turned upside down when she recognizes one of the faces on the back of a milk carton as her own from when she was a little girl.

This novel tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who struggles to find out the truth about her “parents” and the life that she was supposed to live.

Janie Johnson is sixteen years old when she realizes that her parents are not her parents. She recognizes her face on a missing children’s poster on the back of a milk carton during her school lunch. Afraid to confront what she thought were her loving parents, she confides to her boyfriend. Together they begin to unravel Janie’s past and peek into her future if she decides to confront her “parents” about the current situation.

I feel that The Faces on the Milk Carton was extremely well written. I would highly recommend it as an interesting and quick read for anyone who enjoys a bit of mystery and drama.

Carissa Lavin is a senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys participating in the colorguard, reading, and running in her spare time.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.

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