The Faces of The Face on the Milk Carton

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The YA novel The Face on The Milk Carton has marked a thrilling yet disturbing rite of passage for many young readers over the past 25 years, iconic right down to its simple, haunting cover—which many of those readers could easily conjure from memory. Mallory Ortberg, literary comedian and maestro of The Toast, was one such affected and writes about the book’s characters with a keen eye for their shortcomings and a fierce protectiveness over Janie.


Theodora Messalas is a New York-based writer and editor who could easily be talked into going to grad school. More from this author →