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Girl, Stolen (Christy Ottaviano Books)

1 rating: 3.0
A book by April Henry

Gr 7-10–A trip to the pharmacy turns into a nightmare for Cheyenne Wilder, a blind teenager. Sick with pneumonia, she waits in the backseat of her stepmother's car when someone steals it, unintentionally kidnapping her. Things become even more … see full wiki

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Author: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
1 review about Girl, Stolen (Christy Ottaviano Books)

Compelling main character undercut by disappointing denouement

  • Apr 2, 2011
Rating:
+3
It could be this book suffered in my estimation because I read it immediately after Miles from Ordinary: A Novel which was just exceptional, but I also thought it compared unfavorably to What Happened to Cass McBride? Though there are compelling elements to the story of the accidental kidnapping of a blind teenager who turns out to be the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, there are too many elements toward the end that do not pass the smell test. The book has a strong opening, and Henry does a great job portraying Cheyenne's experiences as a newly blind teen. Griffin is a strong character, though less compelling than Cheyenne, and the big revelation about his family history was no surprise to this reader. The first two-thirds of this novel made for a great read, but the last third was disappointing in its treatment of the characters.

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