MERRY X-MAS EVE!
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Received from publicist for honest review
Summary: 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 Review: Henry's release Girl, Stolen, shined as an intense and insightful look into a nightmarish kidnapping. Written in a dual narration, I was given the chance to not only acquaint myself with the victim but the abductor as well. Without realizing it, Griffin drives away with a stolen car with Cheyenne, a sick and blind teen in the backseat. Cheyenne was an amazingly brave individual who held her own all throughout. Her sense of direction and heightened instincts caused me to forget that she was even blind. Her mentally acute ideas and strong willed personality definitely played a part in carrying the story. I was pleasantly surprised at how relatable both characters were, even Griffin who seemed to be misunderstood had a likability factor.
Surrounded by Griffin's evil father I grew to sympathize with his hard life. I quickly learned that he wasn't a bad person deep down, just lost and confused. Usually the person who commits the crime has a negative aura around them, but in this case, his character had an innocent side. The laid back vibe in the writing was consistent until the last few chapters, where the energy elevated. The heart-stopping action in the fight for Cheyenne's survival was thrilling. I didn't want to stop reading until I knew what was going to happen next. The ending was a bit open ended which leads me to believe that a sequel might be in the works. All in all, a good plot with a protagonist who will inspire you to be a fighter under any circumstance.
April Henry is the author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults. Her novel, Face of Betrayal, which she co-wrote with Lis Wiehl, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Oregon.
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