Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book of the Moment: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Title: Girl, Stolen
Author: April Henry
Hardcover: 213 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Released Date: Sept 28, 2010
Source: Library
Interest: Synopsis


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:

This book just seemed so intriguing, what with a sick, blind girl accidentally getting kidnapped! When does that ever happen?!

The book started off right to the point where she gets "kidnapped" by a guy named Griffin who's just about her age. Off the bat, you know that Griffin has a hard life because 1.) he smokes 2.) you can tell he's trying to impress his dad. Impressing your dad by stealing a nice car indicates that yes, you do have a hard life. But even as I realized that, I saw right away that he had a good heart. The point of views switch off from Cheyenne and Griffin so you can see how he feels about the whole ordeal and that he has to take Cheyenne with him. But then things get out of hand when his dad finds out who Cheyenne's father is and Griffin is put in a hard place where he has to decide if he's going to save Cheyenne or help his father. Good...or bad. Classic dilemma...

I found that I also really liked Griffin. He's trying to be the goodest bad guy, if that makes any sense. He still has morals and goodness in him even if the people that surround him don't. And that especially comes out when he's with Cheyenne. Speaking of Cheyenne, I thought this girl was so gutsy and brave. She blind so it's even harder for her to escape but she is one smart girl. She analyzes everything that's around her and every little, tiny slip up any of the kidnappers make, Cheyenne takes it in as a valuable piece of information. This girl used what she had and pulled herself together. I was just in awe of her!

The bit of romance that blooms between Cheyenne and Griffin is also really fun to read about. The lion falls for the lamb story never gets old for me. The voice behind this book is different and I loved how original and dark this book was! It wasn't scary but it had an edge that made me finish this book super fast! This book is edgy, fast paced, and one hell of a story and I recommend it highly!

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1 comment:

  1. Great review... this book sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before so I don't know if it's available in the UK or not but I'm sure as hell going to check. I read Stolen by Lucy Christopher and the relationship between the kidnapper and the victim in that story was really unique and cool so I'm hoping that this one is kind of similar - or if not even better because of Cheyenne's disibility. Thanks for the recommendation :)

    Amber @ The Spine-Breaker's Club


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