Review: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

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?

Cheyenne's stepmother thinks it will be easier if they just leave her dog at home.  It's only a quick trip to the pharmacy to get Cheyenne's pneumonia medicine, and then they'll go right back home. Fast, safe, and easy. That's what the night is supposed to be like.

Cheyenne will always regret leaving her dog behind.

Everything would have been different. If Phantom had been in the car, the boy would have avoided it, ignored the taunting keys hanging there in the ignition. He wouldn't have jumped in the driver's seat and taken both Cheyenne and the car far away from anything safe.

Cheyenne has a disadvantage that most girls in her situation don't - she's blind. There's no way of knowing where Griffin - her kidnapper - is taking her, or what her captors looks like. But the men Griffin hands her over to are clearly not sympathetic, and Cheyenne begins to worry that they might not let her go at all. Even when they find out that her father is the president of Nike.

They tie Cheyenne up and give her a glass of water. While the men aren't around, she breaks the glass and tucks away a piece of it... just in case. But as the hours pass, it becomes apparent that Griffin isn't like the others. He actually seems worried about the fact she's sick, and he talks to her like an equal.

Why is Griffin being so kind to her? Will he really kill her in the end? And, the piece of glass burning a hole in her pocket, will Cheyenne have the willpower to do what she knows she must?

Girl, Stolen was a short read. I had mixed feelings about this book. I thought it started off kind of shaky. The emotion wasn't coming through for me, and though I liked the alternating points of view, there were times when I thought the dialogue and the writing were a little overdone. But, never one to focus on just the negatives, there were some good things about Girl, Stolen. The climax was riveting, and the author had clearly done her research on what it is to be blind. That aspect of the story was interesting to learn about.

This novel isn't on my favorites list, but it did hold my attention. While I was reading it, I got the impression that it was directed towards a younger audience. So I definitely think anyone can read this.