Girl Stolen By: April Henry

Review ; By Destiny Salmon

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Summary:

Cheyenne 17 years old was sleeping in the back of the car while her mother is filling her prescription for antibiotics. While she was sleeping the car was in progress of getting stolen. Before Griffin realized there was another person in the car. She woke up in panic as well as anger she vociferously attacked him. He hadn't meant to kidnap her, but once Griffin's dad finds out Cheyenne's father is the president of a really popular company it takes a horrid twist. Now there is a reason to not let her go. How will she escape? This may not be easy for her not only is she really ill with pneumonia, but she is also blind...
Author: April Henry

ISBN: 9780312674755

Genres: Young-adult Fiction

Awards: None

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

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Kirkus Review

This can't-put-it-down crime thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of both victim and criminal. Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, blinded in an accident that killed her mother three years earlier, has pneumonia. As she sleeps in the back of her stepmother's car, Griffin steals it, inadvertently kidnapping her. Once Griffin's car-thief father learns she's wealthy, he decides to demand ransom. When the hapless Griffin realizes his dad and cronies will kill the girl to protect their identities, he tries to protect her. Clearly, the author did extensive research on blindness and its challenges. Her realistic depiction of the coping strategies and the strengths developed by the blind greatly enhances the novel, lifting it above the level of a mere escapist thriller. Characterizations make an impact, with both Cheyenne and Griffin becoming quite appealing; much suspense revolves around Griffin's divided loyalties. The slightly ambiguous ending highlights Cheyenne's ambivalent feelings toward Griffin. Although Cheyenne's multiple problems might feel overdone in less skilled hands, Henry handles them deftly and makes her choices work. Constantly interesting and suspenseful. (Thriller. 12 & up)

Citations

"How to Survive an Abduction or Hostage Situation." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2016.