By: Melanie | December 28, 2013 | (22) Comments

Review: See Jane Run by Hannah JayneSee Jane Run by Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Pages: 288
Source: For tour
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I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

The thing about See Jane Run was that either I was bored, or I was annoyed.

The Summary

Riley Alan Spencer’s life changes when she discovers a hidden birth certificate in her baby book when she and her best friend, Shelby are snooping around in her parents’ room. The problem with the birth certificate is that it doesn’t have Riley’s name printed on it. It says: Jane Elizabeth O’Leary. And when she starts getting creepy postcards from an unknown, Riley begins to questions her past that she never knew, and her overprotective parents. Are they even her parents? And who is Jane O’Leary?

The Main Character

Riley Spencer, the protagonist was the biggest problem for me. Why was this book boring and annoying, you ask? Because damn, Riley was either being an annoying, pain in the ass or being more boring than a life without twitter. Her constant worrying and overthinking simple answer situations made me want to slap her in the face multiple times. Get a bloody grip! Then at times Riley could be so naïve. She believes words from strangers and I understand that the author may just be trying to throw us readers off the mystery and throw us on another conspiracy but Riley felt too easily swayed and illogical.

The Best Friend

After I finish this review I plan to go find this Shelby and feed her to the wolves alive. From pretty much the get go, when Shelby and Riley uncover the birth certificate, Shelby was an infuriating brat. One of the worst friends I’ve ever read about. Because at first, Riley doesn’t really freak and lose her mind in possibilities of what the birth certificate means, but hell, you’ve got Shelby spitting out conspiracies, logical and illogical like she’s on a high.

“Oh! Bet it was your birth mother, closing in on you! She’s sending you mystery postcards to warn you…”

“Shelby! If I were adopted, my parents wouldn’t have changed my age and my birth date. Stop with this!”

“But if your—”

And then later, it’s like she’s a changed person and doesn’t find this birth certificate and these postcards interesting anymore.

“You really need to stick to your stories, Shelbs. Am I the missing kid, or is the missing kid my knocked-off big sister?” Shelby gunned the engine.

“I don’t know. You’re the one getting ghost posts.”

So let me get this straight. Your best friend is getting stalkerish messages and you don’t give a crap? What happened to wildly imaginative Shelby? I am really confused about where Shelby stands in this story. She’s sometimes overly caring, then not so caring at all.

And here’s another quote when Shelby is still throwing conspiracies and Riley is trying to reason out what’s going on. This is Shelby’s response.

Shelby flipped a page in her magazine. “Whatever makes you feel better, Ry.”

Talk about an inconsiderate friend!

The Romance

Or the tiny snippet of one. I loved how this romance didn’t take over the book. Riley and JD were a great couple and I liked how Hannah Jayne ended the book with the romance still left with many possibilities. Overall, they were sweet. But I must add in that I groaned when I found out that JD was the typical bad boy who gets detentions. *rolls eyes*

The Mystery

I wasn’t thoroughly pleased with this aspect. I won’t go into it much but I was expecting a much better plotted mystery with more logic in it. More suspense would have been better as well. I didn’t feel like was experiencing what the MC was experiencing. I felt like I was in the back seat instead.


I wouldn’t have wasted my time on this one if I knew how average and boring this book was. Definitely not recommending.

~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy!~

1.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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22 Responses to Review: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

  1. See Jane Run has such a great premise, it’s really sad it didn’t deliver the goods! I hope your next read will be made of awesome, Melanie! I recently read a book I could only give one star, and it’s not fun writing a review for those 🙁

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and that you are enjoying the rest of the holidays 🙂
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  2. Shai W says:

    Sounds like a stupid main character to be friends with such a bitch. Good to hear the romance was reasonable though! Love the review 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    Wow. Riley and Shelby both sound super annoying.
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  4. This book wasn’t on my radar and now even less so. The MC being annoying…sigh…never a good thing. If I don’t like the MC I just can’t get into the book…that’s what happened for me with Chaos of Stars. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you but thank you for the honest review.
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  5. I definitely will be staying away from this one now! Ugh I hate when friends are bratty like that; it completely pisses me off. I read Me Since You recently and the story is wonderful, but the best friend made me want to feed her to a pack a wolves like with Shelby. I hate when friends are inconsiderate and have not even a little compassion for the main character’s situation, even though Riley sounds really annoying too with how naive and annoying she could be. Ugh, fantastic review, Mel! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one that much, but I definitely can see why you gave it 1.5 stars <33
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  6. Yikes. This sounds like a very frustrating read! I haven’t heard much about it yet, but I can see that I won’t be checking it out anytime soon now. Not many mysteries/thrillers manage to successfully blow me away, and I’m slowly starting to pick up fewer of them now. I think this is another I’ll have to avoid. Thanks for the helpful review, Mel!
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  7. I love the sound of the blurb, but I don’t think I could stand Riley (or Shelby). I need to feel something for the MC besides annoyance, so this is probably not the book for me.
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  8. Johanna Richards says:

    After reading those quotes, I am so not into reading this book now. Sounds horrible. I hope you read a better book soon!

    Lovely review

  9. Benji says:

    Aw that’s a shame, the synopsis seemed really interesting. Good to hear the the romance was likeable despite everything else to be shocking. Good review

  10. Hannah says:

    Thanks for the review! Not going to waste my money on such a horrible book now

  11. Oh no Mel, sounds like you are in a bit of a reading slump lately with the books you’ve been encountering lately! Thanks for warning us about this subpar book!
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