Thursday, January 13, 2011

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

When she spoke again, it was in a whisper. "Please, please, just let me go. I won't tell anyone."
Cheyenne wasn't expecting to be stolen.
She was expecting only to lay in the car while her stepmother, Danielle, got Cheyenne's pneumonia medicine. She hadn't wanted to go in with Danielle, so she had convinced her stepmother to leave the car keys in the car, so that Cheyenne could have the heat going. What you expect to have happen, though, isn't always what actually happens. Cheyenne should know. Cheyenne is blind.
Griffin, a high school drop out, didn't expect a girl to be in the backseat of a car he stole. In fact, he wasn't expecting to steal a car at all- it wasn't routine. Usually he just grabbed the merchandise from the backseat and then got the heck out of there. When he saw the new, expensive car, though, he couldn't help it.
Cheyenne is taken back to Griffin's house, where her circumstances change rapidly. At first Griffin's father is angry at him. But when they find out that Cheyenne is the daughter of the president of Nike, they decide that the best idea would be to hold her for ransom.
But can Cheyenne convince Griffin (who isn't a bad guy, after all), to let her go if the price is paid?
"I'm sorry, but do you think i really believe that? By the end of the day, my description would be handed out to every cop and broadcast on every radio station in town."
A strange expression played across her face, the ghost of a smile. In the cold, the engine ticked as it cooled. "But I won't be able to tell them anything. Didn't you notice that I'm blind?"

You gotta admit... that's one interesting premise. Girl stolen? Awesome title. Cover? Astonishing. And, this is the surprising thing, unlike most books that sound/look epic... this book really was epic.

I read it in two hours.

The one thing that I found a little bit surprising (but not unpleasant or bad, necessarily) was that this book is much less "exciting" than I thought it would be, and much more "romance" (though it's not, really), than I thought it would be. But that's neither here nor there, since I enjoyed it just as much (possibly more) than I would have, if it was more exciting.
The characters were the thing I think I liked the most. Cheyenne was interesting, and smart, which I think is rare among teenage girl protagonists. Griffin was definitely a good guy, and he was just normal enough that I think we could all sympathize with him. The dad... oh, what to say about Griffin's dad... He's just evil enough that you definitely don't like him, but not evil enough that you find yourself getting exhausted from hating him. If that makes any sense?
So, in general, this is an awesome book. I'd give it four and half stars, taking half a star off because the author seems to have forgotten to write a "Yes" in the end. :)


Cat said...

This one looks good! I'm adding it to my 'to read' list. :)

April Henry said...

It felt right to leave that out. But I'm glad you liked it. I just turned in my next YA thriller. It's called The Night She Disappeared and it will come out in January 2012. It's about a pizza delivery girl who disappears and is believed to be dead. Two of her co-workers don't believe it and team up to find her.