Review: Jane Two

Jane Two
Jane Two by Sean Patrick Flanery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To Sean Patrick Flanery,

Most people know you from Boondock Saints. But not me. I’m the sort that watched Simply Irresistible a zillion times. You, along with Sarah Michelle Gellar, always brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face. I first saw you in Powder. I only saw that movie once and I cried so hard…It’s never left my mind or my soul.

The problem I’m having is how should I review this book. I’m not sure I can do justice to this book with a basic review. I feel like I should talk to you face to face about this character, Mickey. And his Grandaddy. That rotten sister of his….Kevin, her boyfriend. I could keep listing characters I want to talk about as they were all written very well, written as though they were true-to-life individuals. It was as if I knew them personally.

I just know my words aren’t going to be enough. It wasn’t just a story you were telling. It was as though you were sharing a piece of your soul. I laughed at places. I got teary, eventually crying towards the end of the book. Highly relatable and so heart-warming. I do wonder how much of this book is truly real.

The writing–and I never comment on someone’s writing as we are all different and unique in style as writers, reviewers, and authors…The writing was superb. The way it was presented…it reminded of The Body or Shawshank Redemption. Very Stephen King in they way the story was told without the macabre. So true to the character and the emotions. that’s the only comparison I can come up with. It outshines a typical famous person writing a story. (To me anyway.)

This book will go down as one that I will probably read once. But just because I say that doesn’t mean it’s horrible in any way. (I already added it to my absolute favorites shelves.) Much like your Powder, it’s a story that will stick in my head, my heart, my soul….for the rest of my life. I know I am going to go back and underline, highlight my favorite quotes. I know I am going to go back and read over parts I loved. I know I am going to hold onto my copy forever.

I’m so glad I never gave up my search for it. I’m so happy I asked the woman at the bookstore where it was since it wasn’t on the shelf. I’m so thrilled I waited as she searched for what felt like an hour.

This is going down as one of the best books I’ve read this year. And maybe one day, I’ll run into you and can have you sign it. Thank you for a wonderful story with a beautiful soul.

To everyone else,

Please go find a copy of this. I cannot recommend Jane Two highly enough. I’m left without adequate words to say anything other than…It’s worth a read.


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