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What are some characterizations of Janie in the book The Face on the Milk Carton?

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kmolina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 8:59 AM via web

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What are some characterizations of Janie in the book The Face on the Milk Carton?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:54 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book The Face on a Milk Carton Janie is somewhat dramatic.  She demonstrates this by her constant desire to change her name into a name that is more flamboyant and noticeable.  Janie is not one to stick to things.  She has tried out many different activities but given them up. 

Janie is a loving daughter who is loyal to her parents even after she learns that she has been kidnapped.  She continues to be concerned for their safety and does not want to see them suffer. Janie is around 15 and red headed.  She becomes aware of her body and desire to be close with Reeve, her neighbor.  However, she is able to set limits for herself.

Janie is also an avoid-er who does not easily talk about her problems.  She tries to carry the situation about her picture on the milk carton by herself and it begins to eat her up inside. 

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