Thursday, June 14, 2012

Girl, Stolen

Review Time! I'm a tad behind on all my reviews but I just had to get this review up after finished the book very late last night! Girl, Stolen by April Henry is relatively speaking an old release however it's only been out here in Australia for 4 months - SO IT'S NEW TO US O_O Thanks to Walker Books for the review copy! :)

(Goodreads) How do you escape when you can’t see the way out?

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mother fills her prescription. Before Cheyenne realizes what has happened, the car is being stolen from the car park. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia – she is also blind. Griffin, the teenage driver, hadn’t meant to kidnap her – he was just stealing a car for the gang. But once Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of Nike, everything changes – now there’s a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal, and escape? And if so, at what price?

The Short Story? - A speedy read that completely floored me. Girl, Stolen sank it's hooks into me and refused to put me down! A heart-pounding story about a blind girl who gets kidnapped, Henry has written a sensation of a thriller! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one! Every page was direct and written to force me to read faster and faster. Excellent characterisation with a very fitting and realistic setting. Girl, Stolen is a must-read!

The Long Story? - I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the blurb because with plots like these, the novel can be either really awesome or really lame. Luckily it was the former. Girl, Stolen is a very quick read yet it's probably got more power of readers than most YA novels that have over 400 pages. Henry is very direct with her writing and every sentence has an emphasis behind it. One of my favourite parts of the plot was the "blind girl" part. Getting kidnapped is bad enough but blind girl with pneumonia get's kidnapped? SOLD. A heart-pounding adventure from start to finish, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! I can't recommend this book enough to your all, it's probably one that you might overlook in a bookstore but seriously - IT'S WORTH IT!

The characterisation was another perk of the novel. Cheyenne was a fantastic protagonist for this kind of story. She hasn't had the best of luck with losing her mother, going blind and now getting kidnapped but even through the most nerve-wrecking situation she tries to keep calm and use what she has. She's smart, level-headed and she knows her limitation. If Cheyenne entered The Hunger Games, she'll win. The story is told from twin perspectives of Cheyenne and Griffin. Griffin accidentally kidnapped Cheyenne. He was only meant to steal the car but got the kid with it too. Griffin is not a bad guy but he's been mislead, abused and neglected. I liked how over the course of the novel, Henry develops Griffin as a character. Overall, the characterisations as truly well done, very realistic character with believable flaws and a heart-breaking back story.

In a nutshell - Girl, Stolen is definitely one YA novel every reader should read! It's perfect for a night in, quick, direct and unputdownable from cover to cover! Nicely narrated, excellent characterisation and a plot that has truly impressed me with it lack of sugar coating and originality. This is a realistic YA thriller that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat!

What's it Worth? - Hand Over the Paycheck

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I have this on my tbr list and I totally forgot about it! It does sound like it could be a great book. Thanks for the review.

  2. The cover for this made it seem like maybe a story I wouldn't like but I picked it up for the contemp challenge and was blown away. Not the kind of story I usually read but really good.