11. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books · Tags:

Girl, Stolen by April Henry, 213 pages, read by Angie, on 02/10/2013

Griffin thinks things are looking up when he sees the Escalade with the keys in. After he has stolen the car he discovers he has also kidnapped a 16-year-old blind girl with pneumonia. Cheyenne was laying in the backseat waiting for her stepmom to get her prescription. Cheyenne is scared and sick and has no idea what is going to happen to her. Griffin is afraid of what will happen when he brings her and the stolen car home. Then the news reports start talking about the kidnapped daughter of the Nike CEO. Suddenly, Ray, Griffin’s dad, has other ideas. They are going to get lots of money for Cheyenne.

What a compelling read. Even though Griffin starts out as a villain (car thief and kidnapper), I never saw him as such. He was always a sympathetic character trying to live up to the nefarious expectations of his father. I thought it was interesting how he kept trying to protect Cheyenne and how their relationship developed. Cheyenne was definitely a character who tugs on your heart strings. Blinded in an accident that killed her mother, sick with pneumonia and then kidnapped. I really enjoyed her ingenuity and resourcefulness. 2012-13 Truman award nominee.

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