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?
Girl Stolen was an exciting and original mystery that had me gripping the pages right to the very last word. Cheyenne was a great main character who I liked right away. Her plight was heartbreaking and I just wanted to tell her everything was going to be okay.
Cheyenne was a main character different from any I've read about before. An accident a few years earlier left her blind and changed her life forever. Although the third person narration didn't let me connect with Cheyenne as much as I would have liked, I did feel for her and everything she was going through. April Henry really did her research because I learned so much more about what it is like for a blind person, especially a teenager who wasn't born blind. The novel contains some flash backs so the reader can better understand what happened to Cheyenne and also to read about the heart breaking first months when Cheyenne wanted to give up after realizing she would never see again.
The novel starts off with a bang (Cheyenne being kidnapped) and the reader is constantly at the edge of their seat until the end. It was horrifying to read about Cheyenne's ordeal because she could never truly understand her situation. The second she realized it wasn't her stepmother getting into the car left my heart pounding and I was terrified for her- especially because she was also very ill. As the novel progresses you realize Griffin didn't mean to kidnap Cheyenne, only to steal the car. Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse when Griffin's money hungry father realizes Cheyenne's father is the head of Nike and will do anything to get Cheyenne back.
Readers also got to read things from the side of Griffin, the guy who accidentally kidnapped Cheyenne and must now face the realization that his father is not just going to let her go. I liked being able to see things from both Griffin and Cheyenne's perspective and it made me realize he wasn't really a bad guy.
It's hard to review this without spoiling anything because there are so many twists and turns in the plot. A few things were a little predictable but there was one scene at the end that truly freaked me out, I totally didn't see that coming!
Girl Stolen was a great mystery that was completely different from any "kidnapping" story I've ever read. It was intense, heartbreaking, and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read more by April Henry in the future!