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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''What Janie Found'', Janie learns that [[spoiler: Mr. Johnson has been paying Hannah regularly for the past few years. Though Janie, Reeve, and her brother react as if it were a betrayal at first, the payments were justifiable that he still cares for Hannah as his daughter despite what she has done, and perhaps he thought it would help keep Hannah from causing trouble to another innocent family.]]


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]'']]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]


* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.


* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she pulls a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she pulls delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Hannah should have gotten help beyond constant reminders that she had no reason to be unhappy because she had everything she could ever want. It backfired and made her easy prey for a cult.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she pulls a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.


** In the fifth installment, we see the kidnapping from Hannah's point of view, and the reason seems to be revenge against her parents, and to some extent Janie herself. it also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic.

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** In the fifth installment, we see the kidnapping from Hannah's point of view, and the reason seems to be revenge against her parents, and to some extent Janie herself. it It also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic.


** In the newest installment, we see the kidnapping from Hannah's point of view, and the reason seems to be revenge against her parents, and to some extent Janie herself.
** The newest installment also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic.

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** In the newest fifth installment, we see the kidnapping from Hannah's point of view, and the reason seems to be revenge against her parents, and to some extent Janie herself.
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herself. it also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic.


** The newest installment also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic. Her anger at her parents and her "white guilt" might stem from an unhappy childhood trying to tell others how she feels, only to be told she had no reason to be unhappy, because she had such a wonderful life. The main plot might have been averted if her parents had started taking her to a psychologist and getting her mental illness treated when her problems first emerged.

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** The newest installment also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic. Her anger at her parents and her "white guilt" might stem from an unhappy childhood trying to tell others how she feels, only to be told she had no reason to be unhappy, because she had such a wonderful life. The main plot might have been averted if her parents had started taking her to a psychologist and getting her mental illness treated when her problems first emerged.


* TechnologyMarchesOn: At least half of the first book could be resolved if Janie could have just Googled herself.

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** The newest installment also reveals that Hannah has delusional thoughts. It is possible Hannah has been dealing with an untreated mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This would explain why, with the cult acting a catalyst, Hannah transformed from a weird kid to a raving lunatic. Her anger at her parents and her "white guilt" might stem from an unhappy childhood trying to tell others how she feels, only to be told she had no reason to be unhappy, because she had such a wonderful life. The main plot might have been averted if her parents had started taking her to a psychologist and getting her mental illness treated when her problems first emerged.

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The Janie Johnson series is a five book series by Caroline B. Cooney (''Literature/LosingChristina'') about a young girl named Janie Johnson who sees her own face on a milk carton and realizes that the people who raised her are not her real parents. In fact, she was stolen from her birth family (the Springs) in early childhood and the Springs want her back. The series follows the young Janie in her attempts to figure out the truth about her origins and decide who she wants to be from now on. Will she remain Janie Johnson, living with the family that is not truly hers, or become Jennie Spring and finally bring peace to the family that birthed her? The first and second book in the series were combined into a MadeForTVMovie in 1995.

The series consists of the following titles:

* ''The Face on the Milk Carton'' (1990)
* ''Whatever Happened to Janie'' (1993)
* ''The Voice on the Radio'' (1996)
* ''What Janie Found'' (2000)
* ''Janie Face to Face'' (2013)

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* AllMenArePerverts: Reeve continually tries to imagine ways to convince Janie, who is not ready for sex, to change her mind.
* AdaptationNameChange: For whatever reason, the made for TV Movie changed most of the surnames of the characters. The one who didn't get changed was Reeve Shields.
* BlackSheep: Janie or Jennie when she rejoins the Spring family in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.''
* ChangelingFantasy: an unusual subversion; Janie has a serious crisis of identity when she discovers her real parents.
* CreepyChild: Young Hannah.
* CompressedAdaptation: The TV movie combined the first two books of the series. The remaining three have not been adapted.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Hannah's backstory started off as an impressionable 16-year girl suffering from white guilt who needed parental permission to join a cult. Later on, it was apparently a college student who felt isolated and far from home. Similarly, her motives for kidnapping Janie seem to change from 'cult mission' to 'loneliness' to 'batshit insane' according to the whims of the author.
** In the newest installment, we see the kidnapping from Hannah's point of view, and the reason seems to be revenge against her parents, and to some extent Janie herself.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: Janie finds her own picture on the milk carton. This is how the story begins.
* FieryRedhead: Janie, also her sister, Jodie and their brother.
* FriendlessBackground: Apparently, this was Hannah's forte. No one liked her in high school, college, in the cult or before the kidnapping.
* GambitRoulette: Janie's wedding is [[spoiler: partially a plan to bring Hannah out of hiding so she can be arrested]]. Similarly, Hannah [[spoiler: is posing as a true crime novelist writing a book about the kidnapping so she can try to get revenge on her parents and Janie. For reasons.]]
* MakeOutPoint: nicknamed "Sexual Overlook."
* [[OverprotectiveDad Overprotective Parents]]: A completely justified trope with the Springs.
* RaisedByGrandparents: The parents who raise Janie reveal that they are not her parents, but her grandparents, and that her real mother is their daughter, Hannah. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a lie that Hannah told them to make them accept the "replacement daughter" she stole for them.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The cult Hannah joins.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: At least half of the first book could be resolved if Janie could have just Googled herself.
* SmithicalMarriage: subverted when Janie goes to a hotel with Reeve.
* TrilogyCreep: Began as a trilogy then two new books were added to the series.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Occurs twice in ''Janie Face to Face'', both involving Reeve and Janie. One after Janie dumps a boy who turns out to be [[spoiler:hired by Hannah to mess with her]] and the other after Reeve buys a ring, and is 'forced' to re-propose by an airline pilot.

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