Jane Two: A Novel

Jane Two: A Novel

by Sean Patrick Flanery

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A coming of age debut novel from The Boondock Saints and Young Indiana Jones actor Sean Patrick Flanery.
A young Mickey navigates through the dense Texas humidity of the 70s and out onto the porch every single time his Granddaddy calls him, where he's presented with the heirloom recipe for life, love, and manhood. But all the logic and insight in the world cannot prepare him to operate correctly in the presence of a wonderfully beautiful little girl who moves in just behind his rear fence. How will this magical moment divide Mickey's life into a "before and after" and permanently change his motion and direct it down the unpaved road to which only a lucky few are granted access?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455539444
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 477,933
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SEAN PATRICK FLANERY is an American actor who was raised in a small town outside Houston, Texas. He has appeared in over 100 movies and television shows, some of which he hopes you've seen and some of which he hopes you haven't. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his family, where he works in the entertainment industry, writes, and owns and operates a martial arts academy.

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Jane Two: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful walk back in time, slowly pealing away the layers of cobwebs all the way back to my childhood. So many memories that have remained undisturbed and almost forgotten were revived during this book. The characters are so vivid I feel as if I actually knew them and found myself forgetting that they were fictional...loved this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A coming of age work that will leave you exhilarated and exhausted, laughing and tear stained. Each of us needs a Jane in our life to inspire, a Granddaddy to educate and a Kevin to motivate and maybe that's the problem today. There are just too few of them.
Jessie2612 More than 1 year ago
This book literally takes you places. I wasn't just reading it, I felt like I was a part of the story from the very first line all the way to the end. I was right there on the flagpole with Mickey, saving Jane's vans. I sat next to him on the porch, listening to Grandaddy's advice. I was with him on the football field, in the bean tree, on his Schwinn Stingray, at the golf court.. everywhere Mickey went, I went. I feel like I've spend a good part of my life in Texas although I've never been there in my life. I wanted to cuddle with Steve McQueen, I wanted to punch Lilith for treating Mickey the way she did, my heart broke for Kevin, I wished I could have a porch talk with Grandaddy and ask him about life... and of course, Jane. More than anything I wanted Mickey to just tell her how he felt... or her to tell him. Sometimes I laughed out loud, sometimes I smiled to myself, but most of the time I had to suppress a tear because Flanery writes in such a touching way that delivers every word straight into your heart. And "Jane Two" makes you think about your own life.. about missed opportunities, about all the what if's.. and it teaches you to never miss a chance, to not out things off.. because who knows when it might be too late. The audio book of "Jane Two" was and still is the first one I ever finished. Not being an audio book person at all, I wanted to give this a try - and I'm so glad I did. Narrated by Flanery himself, the audio version tells the story even more intense, if that makes sense. Listening to Sean not reading a novel, but baring his soul and making us part of his life, is something that's incomparable. His variety of voices is amazing, and the way he transports his emotions is something I've never heard with another narrator. You don't hear the book, you feel it. All the way. More than once I had to stop and take a break because I just couldn't stop crying because hearing his voice literally breaking during the last chapters, broke my heart. He managed to make every emotion tangible without ever being cheesy. Being a fan of Sean for a while, I knew that he was a talented writer from his blog shineuntiltomorrow.com, and I thought I was prepared for the book. I wasn't. And even now, after a year, not a day goes by on which I don't open it.. to read a favorite part again, to find a quote, or just to go back on this magical ride once again. "Jane, sometimes they're not just ships passing in the night. Sometimes they're lifeboats." And that's what this book is for me.. it made me see, it made me hope, it made me believe again. And like the now famous flagpole, it gave me perspective. So in conclusion, all I can say is: THANK YOU, SEAN... FOR JANE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are in your fifties a lot of memories will come flooding back, very well written!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Dmaxtownsend More than 1 year ago
“Puppy love is a story told by idiots, about idiots, for idiots.” Thus sayeth an adult Mickey looking back on his return home for a friend’s wedding and an emotional first meeting with his own puppy love. This tale of a boy growing up surrounded by a loving family, a wise grandfather, a hateful older sister and consumed by his blooming and lifelong love for his unicorn of a neighbor, Jane Two, is charming, whimsical and simply real. We zoom around town with Mickey on his bike as he encounters the usual bullies, snobs, coaches, and porch wisdom of his smoking, cussing, drinking, wonderful grandfather. Unable to actually approach Jane, he sends her sweet notes, always to the wrong address, in hopes that the fates will deliver them to her. But unicorns are elusive. He becomes a successful man in all endeavors but love. We really cannot have it all, can we? Read this book. Love Mickey and Jane and Grandfather. Then reflect on the cover. This book is an all-around winner.
SlcBMXgirl More than 1 year ago
Eighteen years ago, Sean wrote a short story in Jane Magazine about a girl named Jane Two. I always wanted to know more about this enchanting girl. I wanted to read the letters that were written to Jane, but never delivered. I wanted to hear more stories from Sean. Well, I don't have to wait any longer. I read Jane Two over a weekend. It was hard to put down. I would have read it in one sitting had I been able to. It was a great read! Normally, I have a very hard time getting into a book, either fiction or non fiction it's often difficult to identify with characters, places, and plots. By the first chapter, I was completely sucked into the main character's (Mickey) world. The descriptions of childhood in the seventies were all too familiar and easy to imagine. I experienced a range of emotions while following Mickey on his life adventures. The important dialog between Mickey and his Granddaddy are priceless. The lessons discovered are ones that many of us could use in our own lives. And, although I knew the final outcome of Jane Two, there were plenty of intricate details that made this "coming of age" story more intimate and personal than the original magazine piece. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of nostalgic childhood tales and the pangs of first loves. Jane Two went beyond any expectations that I may have had, if I had any at all. Sean has a unique gift for storytelling. I look forward to reading more good works from him.
Steffi6810 More than 1 year ago
Jane Two will leave an imprint on your soul Jane Two enters every fibre of your being and you never want to let go! This story pulls you in right from the beginning to the very last word. No other book touched me so deeply like this one, especially when you know this story is largely autobiographical. It made me laugh and left me sobbing with the emotions. Sean Patrick Flanery opened his heart and soul with this story about love, friendship, family and becoming a man. Grandaddy on the porch teaching him the recipe for life and love is an image that will never leave me. His wise messages are a wonderful legacy. You can feel his love for the characters and for Jane with every word. I guess after reading this everyone wants to be loved like this! Although I had the highest expectations on this book, Sean Patrick Flanery was able to surpass them! I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by the author himself in an absolute brilliant way. It was so personal and emotional that I had to stop for 2 days to recover before I was able to finish the book. Everyone who knows Sean Patrick Flanery and his fantastic blog ShineUntilTomorrow.com is aware of his outstanding mastery of words and imagery and knows how fast you get addicted. Plain and simple: a masterpiece!
18866188 More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book this good in a long time! The story is so touching and made me love Sean Patrick Flanery even more. He is such an amazing writer with a heart of gold! I hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy this wonderful and heartwarming story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say before the discussion and signing I had no idea what it was about I was excited about meeting you and it was how watching your movies with my mother created memories with her that I will never forget. I finished the book last night at a quarter to two. I am usually a slow reader but I could not put it down. Thank you for telling a story we can all relate to. I was pleasantly shocked at how warm and loving the story is with the similar humor that I grew up on in Pennsylvania. The events also struck a chord with me from Kevin, Steve and others. I was not expecting to have all the emotions and memories rush back as if it just happened. I liked how you mentioned was Mick did not take for granted that he had a loving family even though they were not the wealthiest. It was the same with me and growing up then. I had no idea at that age that not everyone grew up with a good support system. This story definitely helped me with closure in a way. People deal with life differently and death even more so. Things do not always go as planned but how you react to situations reflects on your character. After balling my eyes for a while close to the end a certain peace or closure was there which helped me reflect on what I had been through before as well along with the hope that things can get better as long as you first want it and stick to the plan. Sorry for rambling. You were right I really enjoyed the book loved the music choices as well I can not wait to read the next one. God Bless, Crystal
BroOOokieCrisp More than 1 year ago
Flanery's no holds barred account of a young boy's navigation through life, love, and loss sent me spiraling into an emotional purge. I laughed. I cried. I felt anger, excitement and pride. The familiarity and warmth of the characters made it seem as if you were merely spending time with an old friend. From beginning to end, I was completely invested in the story. I was torn between not being able to turn the pages fast enough and wanting it to never end. The fluidity of his writing kept me locked in the moment. The imagery was so vivid it was easy to be transported to a different place and time. You can practically smell the Texas air and Jane's intoxicating spice. The constant, dependable soundtrack only accentuates the reminiscent tone of youth. He captures all the little moments. The ones that really matter. The exhilaration and insecurity of love. Seeing your heart's desire and suddenly they're the only thing in focus. The eye opening but inevitable lessons that life teaches us. Learning how to navigate the world and growing into the kind of person that can some day instil the same knowledge into future generations. The book is filled with situations that make you stop and think about your own life. The complexity in its simplicity is brilliant and refreshing. I cannot recommend this book enough. I implore you all to read. Sean, and the book, are so much more than what you think. He's not just some actor who wrote a book. He's a man with a stunning mind, an unparalleled ability for story telling, and an astonishing amount of courage. With this book, he's put a piece of his soul out there for us all to see.... Trust me, it's worth it
Wilhelmine111 More than 1 year ago
Sean Patrick Flanery has a way of taking words and creating a direct line into our hearts and souls, Jane Two is no different. Reading this book was like going on an adventure, I laughed and cried and cried some more. I learnt valuable life lessons that I will remember and take with me forever. This book is a MUST READ!  -JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books I've ever read. Sean Patrick Flanery tells a truly amazing, heart-wrenchingly beautiful story of first love and loss. I'm not sure there are enough words to describe how much I loved reading Jane Two and once I started I couldn't stop. I stayed up til almost 3am laughing and crying...a LOT of crying. Sean's gift for storytelling makes you feel like you're right there with him, just another one of the family hanging out on the porch with him & Grandaddy. I would highly recommend this book to everyone...you will not regret it at all.
TaraKGac More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start out by saying that I have never finished a book in two days until now. I devoured it. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened between Jane and Mickey ;) Afterwords it took me more days to decipher my feelings and put them into words then it took me to read the book. I also plan on getting the audio book, (another first) because nobody can tell a story the way Sean can. You can tell Sean has a history in television because the book unfolded clearly before my mind's eye like a movie. I can easily see the storyline being transformed into a movie. While reading the book I had flashbacks to my own childhood and my first crush. Things I haven't thought about in a decade. I remembered exactly how I felt when I saw him, and how I would spend hours thinking about him. So thank you Sean for the flashbacks. It's good to know I wasn't the only clumsy kid prone to humiliation. To have a love that Jane and Mickey had even so fleeting and unattainable is a rarity and a treasure. One can only dream to experience such a love in their lifetime. Over all I believe it's just a matter of time before you see Sean's name on the New York Best Seller's list.
foxieb2425 More than 1 year ago
There are very few times that a book can touch the inner most crevices of your heart and soul, and Jane Two defies all rules and will make you feel with every ounce of your being. I long for words that come together in books such as this - as they are too far and few between. I absolutely could not put this one down…there are no words to describe the beauty of this book. Its raw essence explores all the wonder, fears and challenges of growing up, and conveys exactly what it was to transition into adulthood having no idea what the hell you were doing. Sean, I don’t know how you did it, but there were moments…even single words that felt as though you pulled them directly from my life. This book is a rarity…I can see parts of myself in each and every character from Jane, to Mickey, to Kevin, to Firefly and even to Lilyth. Their insecurities, movements and thoughts are exact. You touched old memories, fears and tears that were not forgotten but dulled and brought them all back to life for me. To say that I wait impatiently for your next work of art would be a drastic understatement. I thirst for your thoughts and your words and I know that your next story will be equally as epic as Jane.
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TaraCaliMG More than 1 year ago
This novel was organic, authentic and relate able to anyone who chose to take the journey through this amazing story crafted so creatively and deliberately. Sean Patrick Flanery has the unique ability to put the reader in the story and evoke all of the emotions the characters are experiencing while entertaining you at the same time. The story moved steadily and was a complete, fluid tale that brought all the pieces together in unexpected and at times fragile ways. Not only was this a story about first love but about the importance of familial love and learning life lessons that shape the character of the individual - we all either had a Grandaddy that imparted life wisdom like Sean had or wish that we did! Truly amazing, and reading this book is a valuable investment of time that will fill your soul in unexpected ways.
MelissaLaura512 More than 1 year ago
It has taken me some time to get all my thoughts together. This novel is so much more than a beautiful piece of art. To me it embodies the human condition. I can honestly say I have never read another piece of literature that has moved me the way Jane Two has. The beauty of this novel is that even though it may be in the fiction genre; everything it encompasses is this thing we call life. What I love so much this story, is that It doesn’t shy away from the truth in life. Life isn’t always rainbows and you have to work hard for what you want. This story shares the good, the bad, and the ugly. While reading Jane Two, I felt like I was transported to another time; I felt every experience as if it was happening to me. Even though I may not have had the exact experiences the character Mickey has; I’ve had similar ones. Jane Two has brought back so many memories of my youth and everything that went along with it: the trials & tribulations, my first love, heartbreak, & even tragedy. Sean Patrick Flanery’s Blog ShineUntilTomorrow.com is what introduced me to what an incredible story teller he is. With that being said I never thought I’d still feel the way I do days after reading this novel. Do yourself a favor a buy a copy of Jane Two; you won’t be sorry. This story stays with you; that’s the beauty of it. I have already order another copy because mine currently has wrinkled pages from my tears. I want to thank Sean for bearing his soul and sharing this with the world. You have ignited a spark in me that I didn’t even know was there. The importance of life, love and being brave is essential to truly being alive. Sean, you’ve inspired me with your blog, but this novel has truly been a gift. I’m so proud of you and I cannot wait to read your future novels. Jane, My Grandaddy says that the first half of finding happiness yourself is giving it to someone else. So I just wanted you to know that you're halfway there. *Also the cover artwork was brilliant in all that it symbolizes