Book Review: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A teen boy, Griffin, slides into the driver’s seat of a Cadillac Escalade with the keys still in the ignition. The prize had been left unattended in the mall’s parking lot. He had only intended to take the vehicle as a present to his father; however, he realizes within moments that he has not only stolen an SUV but also a teenage girl.

The girl is sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder, who had been resting in the back seat. She had been waiting for her stepmother to return from the pharmacy after picking up her medication.

Cheyenne is not only suffering from pneumonia, but has also been blind for the past three years.

The thrilling chapters alternate between the perspectives of the two teens as Cheyenne tries to outwit her subduers and escape the home of Griffin’s father, Roy, which is located in a remote wooded area littered with stolen cars and car parts. The young girl tries to gather as much information as she can in order to turn them over to the police as soon as she escapes.

The reader will learn a great deal about the two teens such as the tragic accident that took Cheyenne’s mother and her sight, and the rather mortifying amount of emotional and physical abuse that Griffin suffers with everyday.

Also, Griffin, a highschool dropout with a troubling history, sees his life in an entirely new light and begins to question if he is actually as malignant as Roy and his accom

plices that occupy their time trying to come up with creative ways to dispose of Cheyenne.

Tension-filled until the very last word, Girl, Stolen is a novel that will keep you up all night reading and will stay in the mind of the reader long after the concluding paragraphs.


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