Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review: Hidden - Helen Frost

Where I got it: From Publisher for review
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (It's pretty and the two people flow nicely together.)
Genre:Young Adult
Publication Date: May 10, 2011 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 142 p.

Darra's father steals a minivan, and a little girl. He only knows about and intended to steal the car. Darra suspects that Wren might be in their garage, but she doesn't dare tell her parents. A few years later, they both end up at the same summer camp. They don't recognize each other by sight, but by name. The girls are forced to face something they would both rather forget, but by sharing their story maybe they can forgive.

This was a very intense story about the girl who got accidentally kidnapped and the other girl who knew she was there. I loved how the story was written in prose poetry. Also, Darra's part was even more than just the straight-foward words, because the words at the end of the longer lines, told a story of their own. This was a brief story, and I wish we got more insight into Wren's family. It seems like we never find out too much about her and end up knowing a lot more about Darra. I love that they meet a summer camp and are forced together. It wouldn't have been a completely different thing if they never met each other. The voices were very true to the ages of the characters, you can see a vast difference from eight-years old to fourteen, especially for Wren. This was a compelling story about how one viewpoint might not hold all the answers and how to girls who want to forget eachother can break through that and make themselves both feel a lot better.

First Line:
"I was a happy little girl wearing a pink dress,
      sitting in our gold minivan, 
      dancing with my doll, Kamara."

Favorite Line:
"His hair smells like the lake."


  1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review.

  2. Hello I love your blog it is so refreshing to have a young woman who trully enjoys reading as much as I did. I say I did because as my eyes began to punish me with blurryness. I began to feel less and less interested in reading. I now take enjoyment in audio books. But at least I still get the enjoyment of going to new places meeting new people and transforming myself into someone else. So keep up the good work you have not gone unnoticed....A Fan


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