Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: Girl, Stolen - April Henry

WherI got it: Library
Rating: 4.5 stars 
Cover Rating: 5 stars (I love how she's covering her eyes and how gritty the image looks)
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Page Count: 213 p 

Cheyenne has pneumonia, it's so bad she stays resting in the car while her step-mom goes to fill her prescription. Cheyenne is also blind, so she doesn't think much of it when the car door opens and they start to drive off. That is until the driver realizes there's someone in the back and Cheyenne realizes the driver isn't her step-mom. Griffin was just trying to steal a car, not kidnap a girl. Now he doesn't know what to do. Cheyenne just wants to get away but being sick and blind isn't going to make this an easy option.

This was a great book about accidental kidnapping. I liked that we got some background about Cheyenne learning to live with her blindness, since she wasn't born blind. It was also nice to get some insight into how Griffin got to the point in his life where he is stealing cars. I really enjoyed this book though and how fast paced and real it was. There were a few twists that seemed sort of weird but they helped the plot line. I also liked how clever her other kidnappers seemed to be, even though they seemed kind of dumb at first. This was a very quick and interesting read, and I recommend you pick it up. It made you wonder how you would handle being in Cheyenne's position or even in Griffin's position. This was a great read and I will look forward to any new YA books April Henry comes out with.  

First Line:
"Cheyenne heard the car door open." 

Favorite Lines:
"If she could get to a phone.
If she could find another way to alert the authorities.
If she could persuade Griffin to save her.
If she could escape.
Nothing but ifs."

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