Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

(summary from goodreads)

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? 

Review: Before this book I had never read about a blind person. That's what mainly intrigued me about this book. Adding in the fact that the blind person is kidnapped makes it twice as intriguing.

I loved that this book was in third person and Cheyenne and Griffin each had their own chapters. It was really cool to see how Cheyenne deals with her blindness and manages to get around like sighted people. The only problem was I would sometimes get a little confused as to who was talking, but it always righted itself in the end. 

I also liked that Cheyenne told us in little bits and pieces about her history: when she became blind, how she learned to handle it; all were very enlightening. On the down side, these mini stories/histories slowed the plot down and I actually found myself drifting a bit. 

I expected the ending, but I didn't expect how it happened (does that make sense?). My only problem with the end was finding out about Griffin's mom. It seemed abrupt and a bit random. 

Overall, though, this was a wonderful book. It's a quick read (around 200 pages) but packs a good sized punch.   

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