BOOK REVIEW: GIRL, STOLEN

TITLE– Girl, Stolen

AUTHOR– April Henry

BLURB– Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what’s happening, the car is being stolen.

Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she’s blind, he really doesn’t know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes–now there’s a reason to keep her.

How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare?

NUMBER OF PAGES – 232

GENRE– YA, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

ISBN– 978-0-312-67475-5

This book I managed to fully ravage in one day. I literally couldn’t separate myself from this book, we were in a conjoined state for an entire day. I was hooked to it and was constantly anticipating Cheyenne’s escape.

Cheyenne is blind, and while her step-mother picks up medicines for her worsening pneumonia from the mall, Griffin steals the Escalade that belongs to Cheyenne’s mom. He doesn’t realize that Cheyenne was snuggled up in the back seat the entire time. Griffin is a teenager himself, panics, and takes both the car and Cheyenne to his father. They plan on dropping Cheyenne off someplace once the sky darkens. But things take a turn when Griffin’s father finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the CEO of Nike. Expecting to coax money off Nike’s CEO, Griffin’s father holds Cheyenne hostage. Will Cheyenne make it out alive and unhurt?

The beginning directly thrusts you into action. April doesn’t waste time providing a background into Cheyenne or Griffin’s life, she instantly writes about the scene where the car gets stolen. Honestly, as an author, she played her cards well. Because her move of not providing a character introduction made me read on further. I wanted to know, what made Griffin steal? Why was Cheyenne blind? Part of the plot I initially predicted based on how things were initially, but some twists were unexpected.

Overall, it was a great read. The suspense was real. The thirst for more background on the characters kept me going. Plus, writing about a blind protagonist wasn’t exactly a walk through the park. April did an exceptional job writing the story from Cheyenne’s point of view and credit needs to be given where it’s due.

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