December 16, 2010

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 224
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen—with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?

My Thoughts:
'Girl, Stolen' is an enjoyable thrill ride that had its quieter moments as well. April Henry has written a solid kidnapping story with the added twist of the main protagonist being blind. One the one hand, I didn’t feel like I was reading anything particularly spectacular, but I still enjoyed this book for its main characters and the interesting premise it lies on. Cheyenne, our main character, has a deep inner strength, and I definitely wanted her to succeed. The premise of the kidnapping happening by accident made it possible for me as a reader to identify a bit with Griffin, as Cheyenne did the same. I appreciated that blurry line that existed between Cheyenne feeling safe around Griffin but still being wary versus having total Stockholm syndrome. It never went totally one way, so that made for an interesting dynamic. This is a relatively short book, so it’s a bit like a whirlwind, with all kinds of crazy action, and then a quieter ending. I would definitely recommend this to fans of realistic/contemporary YA, especially those who like a bit of a grittier story with no romance to it.


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  1. Great review, Ashley! I've been wondering about this, and it sounds really powerful :)

  2. Hm, this one does sound really interesting and I'm glad to hear she doesn't develop a massive case of Stockholm syndrome but maintains her wariness. I do want to know how it ends though after reading the blurb and your review, so I might have to pick it up:) Thanks for sharing this one Ashley!


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