08. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

Girl, Stolen by April Henry, 213 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/06/2012

When Griffin stole the Escalade from the mall parking lot, the last thing he expected to find was a blind teenaged girl lying down in the backseat. The girl, Cheyenne, was equally surprised to be accidentally kidnapped while waiting for her stepmother to return with medicine for the pneumonia that had Cheyenne huddled under blankets in the back seat in the first place. Griffin decides to take her and the car back to his father’s property and then figure out what to do. He knows Cheyenne can’t identify him if she can’t see him, but also knows that she’ll call the police as soon as he lets her out. Shortly after settling Cheyenne into the remote house, a news report airs describing Cheyenne and mentioning her full name. As it turns out, her father is an extremely wealthy CEO, which gives our greedy antagonists a few ideas as to how to handle this unexpected turn of events.
This book reminds me a lot of the Hepburn movie, “Wait Until Dark”, though Cheyenne does not have the advantage of being in a familiar environment. She does however, use every bit of information at her disposal to keep herself as safe as possible under the circumstances. Her kidnapper Griffin, a teen himself, slowly becomes more likeable and less threatening as he begins to sympathize with Cheyenne’s plight as the consequence of his poorly conceived actions. The real villains here Griffin’s dad and his associates who represent some of the worst aspects of humanity.

This title is on the 2012-2013 Truman Reader’s Award Nominee List and is the May 2012 Novel Ideas selection.

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