Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Girl, Stolen by April Henry ARC review

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 28, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0805090053

ISBN-13: 978-0805090055

Received From: Around the World Tours

         4 Butterflies

Product Description:

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:

Wow, what a roller-coaster of a book!  Cheyenne's plight was so compelling I didn't want to put this book down.  I cannot imagine being blind, but this book really pulled me into Cheyenne's head and her world, and I pictured everything through her mind.  Everything that would happen in the book, I would imagine it happening when all you could do was hear it, not see it.  What a scary world that poor Cheyenne is pulled into.

The characters in this book were great.  Cheyenne was vulnerable, but she was so strong and resilient in the face of these dangerous men.  She never gives up the fight, even when she's made them believe that she has.  Griffin is a troubled kid that you can't help but feel sorry for.  He's trying to be a good kid, but with a Dad that makes you steal for a living, that's not so easy.  Roy, TJ, and Jimbo were so easy to hate.  There was so many times that I wanted to jump into the pages and pummel them myself.  I hated them passionately, and that is just a testament to the wonderful writing. 

April Henry really created a rich world, one that you can imagine every detail of.  As I imagined Cheyenne running through the forest, I could feel the branches catching my face, the cold stinging my fingers and toes.  It was a great ride.  Although, I liked the way the book was wrapping up, my only complaint would be that it ended a little too abruptly.  It could really use another paragraph there at the end.

Overall it was a great read that I definitely recommend! 


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  1. I've been seeing this around, and I definitely need to read this! Great review :)

  2. After reading such great reviews, I really, really want to read this!

  3. Sounds awesome! I keep seeing it around but I don't know if I've saw any reviews.

  4. This is on my contemps list! I can't wait to read it!! Great review!

  5. Very well written review, I'm glad you liked the book!

    I'm here from CEP

  6. This one sounds really good! Great review. I'm definitely adding this to my list. Sigh, CEP is making my TBR pile grow by leaps and bounds!!!

  7. This book has recently been added to my TBR list. :) It sounds very gripping.

  8. I am definitely going to read this one...And it's part of the Contemps Challenge, right? It looks so very good!


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