Girl, Stolen

Girl, Stolen

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by April Henry
     
 

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Sixteen–year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen. Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne, but once his dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there's

Overview

Sixteen–year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen. Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne, but once his dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there's a reason to keep her. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare? Because she's not only sick with pneumonia—she's also blind.

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“Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax. Readers will race to the end.” —The Strand Magazine

“The pace is impeccable, becoming rapidly more frantic as Cheyenne realizes her chances for success are dwindling. In addition, the premise itself is powerfully realistic and compelling, with one small incident (Griffin's jumping into a car that had the keys in the ignition) snowballing into a nightmare series of events that will change everyone.” —BCCB

“Henry (Torched) spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne's and Griffin's thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life's circumstances, which--paired with a relentlessly fast pace--ensures a tense read.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.” —School Library Journal

“Spine-tingling…Reminiscent of Gail Giles' thrillers and tension-filled to the last sentence, Girl, Stolen will resonate with readers long after the cover is closed. With a thoughtful and eye-opening look at disabilities, it highlights Cheyenne and Griffin's resourcefulness and resiliency as they save themselves--and possibly each other.” —BookPage

“Thoroughly exciting.” —Booklist

“Grabs your attention with the first page you read...Each page holds new questions that are answered in the most unexpected ways.” —VOYA, 5Q review

“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Quick-paced tension makes this a great choice for young adults seeking a riveting mystery.” —Eugene Register Guard

“A page-turner” —The Oregonian

“I finished Girl, Stolen in a day...It is a very suspenseful book, obviously. What held my interest beyond that was the way the author wrote the victim's character--Cheyenne's blindness was tragic but rather than focus on that, the reader is going to concentrate on her persistence and ability to adapt. The most controversial part of the story becomes Cheyenne's relationship with Griffin--an unwilling captor to begin with, he finds in Cheyenne everything he lacks in the people around him: someone who is smart and is sympathetic to his situation despite his responsibility for her kidnapping...The biggest mystery is left unanswered, pushing the reader to come to his/her own conclusions – I liked the challenge.” —Rebecca Waesch, Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

Publishers Weekly
While waiting in the car for her stepmother, 16-year-old Cheyenne is accidentally kidnapped by Griffin, a hard-edged teenager who steals the family's Escalade. She is blind, and while this makes her less of a concern for Griffin, his father, and their crew of thugs (who steal cars, replace the VIN numbers, and resell them), an escape is all but impossible ("She no longer knew anything about the world. All she knew about was herself. Her world had shrunk to the edges of her skin"). Cheyenne's disability grants her unexpected strengths; she learns to use her blindness and a case of pneumonia to her advantage, manipulating Griffin into sympathizing with her. When the men discover that Cheyenne's father is the president of Nike, they begin negotiating a ransom, but the question remains: can she trust Griffin to let her go? Henry (Torched) spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne's and Griffin's thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life's circumstances, which--paired with a relentlessly fast pace--ensures a tense read. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Madelene Rathbun
A simple trip to the pharmacy turns Cheyenne Wilder's life around. She is not feeling well and begs her stepmom to let her sleep in the back seat. It is warm and cozy, except for the fact the car is unlocked and the keys are in the ignition. Along comes Griffin, a small-time teen criminal. He steals the car, unaware that he has a passenger. Once Griffin discovers Cheyenne, he delivers her to the clutches of his greedy father and low-life associates. This crime thriller has several suspenseful twists. One is that Cheyenne is blind. How can she escape or identify her captors? She is being held in a remote wooded area and no longer has her cane or guide dog—she must utilize her sightless survivor skills. Another twist begins with Griffin's dad, Roy. At first Roy is upset the accidentally kidnapped girl was brought home. From this simple chop-shop crime story, the plot evolves into a kidnapping scheme. With a $5 million price tag on Cheyenne's head, the reader wonders if she will survive this harrowing ordeal. Who will come to her rescue? This novel is a worthy public and school library purchase featuring a brave visually-disabled female and a kindly, courteous male hero. It is not only a page-turning suspense, but this roller coaster read also reminds the teen reader that every action causes a reaction. Moreover, the author proves that brain power and kindness can triumph over brawn and brutality. Reviewer: Madelene Rathbun
VOYA - Angelina Barnard
Girl Stolen by April Henry grabs your attention with the first page you read. The heroine's innocent helplessness adds to the suspense. Upon learning of Cheyenne's blindness, readers will become engrossed by her challenging situation. As the pages of the book are eagerly turned, one discovers a series of twists and turns. Each page holds new questions that are answered in the most unexpected ways. This book is a well-crafted suspense story. Reviewer: Angelina Barnard, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Cheyenne is napping in the back of her stepmom's SUV. She has been to the doctor and her mom has run in to get a prescription filled for her. When she hears the door open, she senses that something is not right. Cheyenne is sixteen and has been blind since the accident that took her mother's life. Behind the wheel of the vehicle is not her stepmom, it is a seventeen year old carjacker who has no idea that Cheyenne is in the back. Since his mother abandoned them, Griffin has been trying desperately to build a positive relationship with his father. Roy makes a living chopping stolen cars and selling car parts. His dad is a tough, tobacco chewing, beer drinking backwoodsman, and it hasn't been easy being his son. Now Griffin is stealing cars for his father, but he never intended to be a kidnapper. When the radio comes on, it is clear that Cheyenne's parents are looking for her and willing to do whatever it takes to get her back. Once Roy hears who her father is, he perks up and offers to return her for a significant ransom. During the time she is being held, Griffin and Cheyenne gradually learn more about each other and Griffin makes sure that the men who work for his father stay clear. But both Griffin and Cheyenne know Roy has no intention of letting Cheyenne return home alive. Cheyenne plots her escape but finds herself at the mercy of the elements. This is a great page turner for teens. Learning to deal with adversity is a theme that runs through the story and readers will be talking about the choices the characters make and the consequences involved. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
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 complicated when the inadvertent kidnapper, Griffin, returns home to his hostile father and his criminal cronies, who have their own designs on Cheyenne upon learning that her father is the president of Nike. Still sick and held captive, Cheyenne must use her other senses and intellect to break free and find help before it's too late. The novel is a nail-biter with an unforgettable protagonist who smartly and bravely turns her weakness, and her captors' underestimation of her capabilities, into an advantage. Henry illuminates the teen's predicament using all of her intact senses, making every touch, sniff, and breath palpable. Cheyenne's growing sympathy for Griffin, who becomes her protector, adds layers of complexity to this thriller, especially when she faces leaving him injured in the woods or slowing her own escape by saving him. Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.—Jennifer Barnes, formerly at Homewood Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

This can't-put-it-down crime thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of both victim and criminal. Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, blinded in an accident that killed her mother three years earlier, has pneumonia. As she sleeps in the back of her stepmother's car, Griffin steals it, inadvertently kidnapping her. Once Griffin's car-thief father learns she's wealthy, he decides to demand ransom. When the hapless Griffin realizes his dad and cronies will kill the girl to protect their identities, he tries to protect her. Clearly, the author did extensive research on blindness and its challenges. Her realistic depiction of the coping strategies and the strengths developed by the blind greatly enhances the novel, lifting it above the level of a mere escapist thriller. Characterizations make an impact, with both Cheyenne and Griffin becoming quite appealing; much suspense revolves around Griffin's divided loyalties. The slightly ambiguous ending highlights Cheyenne's ambivalent feelings toward Griffin. Although Cheyenne's multiple problems might feel overdone in less skilled hands, Henry handles them deftly and makes her choices work. Constantly interesting and suspenseful. (Thriller. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312674755
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
55,470
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile:
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Girl, Stolen


By April Henry

Henry Holt and Company

Copyright © 2010 April Henry
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-5003-9



CHAPTER 1

A Thousand Things Wrong


Cheyenne heard the car door open. She didn't move from where she lay curled on the backseat, her head resting on her bent arm. Despite the blanket that covered her, Cheyenne was shivering.

She had begged her stepmom to leave the keys in the car so she could turn on the heat if she got cold. After some back-and-forthing, Danielle had agreed. That had only been five minutes ago, and here she was, already back. Maybe the doctor had phoned in the prescription and Danielle hadn't had to wait for it to be filled.

Now the door slammed closed, the SUV rocking a little as weight settled into the driver's seat. The engine started. The emergency brake clunked as it was released. The car jerked into reverse.

It was a thousand little things that told Cheyenne something was wrong. Even the way the door closed hadn't sounded right. Too fast and too hard for Danielle. The breathing was all wrong too, speeded up and harsh. Cheyenne sniffed. The smell of cigarettes. But Danielle didn't smoke and, as a nurse, couldn't stand anyone who did.

There was no way the person driving the car was her stepmom.

But why would someone else have gotten in the car? It was a Cadillac Escalade, so it wasn't likely someone had just gotten confused and thought it was their car.

Then she remembered the keys. Somebody was stealing the car!

And Cheyenne was pretty sure they didn't know she was in it.

She froze, wondering how much the blanket covered her. She couldn't feel it on the top of her head.

Cheyenne felt like a mouse she had seen in the kitchen one time when she turned on the light before school. Caught in the middle of the floor, it had stood stock-still. Like maybe she wouldn't notice it if it didn't move.

But it hadn't worked for the mouse, and now it didn't work for Cheyenne. She must have made some small sound. Or maybe the thief had looked back to see if someone was following and then realized what the shape was underneath the blanket.

A swear word. A guy's voice. She had already halfway known that it was a guy, the way she sometimes just knew things now.

"Who the hell are you?" His voice broke in surprise.

"What are you doing in Danielle's car?"

Their words collided and tangled. Both of them speaking too fast, almost yelling.

Sitting up, she scrambled back against the door, the one farthest from him. "Stop our car and get out!"

"No!" he shouted back. The engine surged as he drove faster.

Cheyenne realized she was being kidnapped.

But she couldn't see the guy who was kidnapping her or where they were going.

Because for the last three years, Cheyenne had been blind.

CHAPTER 2

Drawing Blood


The girl in the backseat wouldn't stop yelling. She had black hair and huge brown eyes, wide with fright. Maybe she was pretty. Griffin didn't know. All he knew was that right now she was a big problem. Even though he was freaking out, he forced himself to think. Thank God no one was nearby.

If he stopped and let her out, the way she kept demanding, this girl would run screaming to the first person she saw. In ten minutes or less, he would be arrested. And then the cops would naturally drive out to their house, and everything would unravel. All of them in jail. Probably for a long time.

Instead of slowing down, Griffin accelerated as he turned out of the far end of the parking lot. It threw the girl off balance. He winced as her head clunked against the window, but still he kept going. He was acting on pure instinct now. And instinct told him to get as far away as possible. Growing up around Roy, you got pretty good at running. Running and hiding.

Griffin caught a break, hitting a gap in traffic. He drove as fast as he could across the freeway overpass. The Escalade leaped forward when he pressed the accelerator, hitting sixty-five with no sign of strain.

With the way today was going, the cops would pull him over for speeding. Griffin needed time to think this through, but there was no way he could afford to take it. He figured he had to put as much distance as he could between whoever had been driving this car and the girl in the backseat, who must belong to them. To get away from any witnesses who might be calling 9-1-1 on their cell phones right now. Cutting in front of a red Honda, he took the next corner on two wheels, getting off the main road.

He pounded the side of his head in frustration. How could he have been so stupid as to not notice that there was someone in the car? Griffin could hear Roy shouting at him, almost as real as the girl in the backseat, the girl who wouldn't stop yelling.

He hadn't been able to see past the keys dangling in the ignition. It was that simple, and that senseless. Griffin had been walking down the long rows of vehicles, looking like any other stressed-out Christmas shopper who couldn't find his car. Instead, he was looking for packages he could boost. The packages came from the big, boxy stores that surrounded the acres and acres of the shopping center's parking lot. (The whole place was so big that most people left one store, got in their cars, and drove the equivalent of three blocks to the next store.)

Thanks to Roy, Griffin knew how to get in and out of a locked car in under a minute. He could do it even when someone was climbing out of the next car, and they wouldn't notice a thing. Sometimes, just for a thrill, Griffin would even give a nod as he straightened up with the J. Crew bag or the box from Abercrombie. Then he would stroll down to his own car, parked near one of the exits, and put the bags in the trunk. After the trunk was full, he would drive into Portland and across the river to Eighty-second Avenue, where any of a string of secondhand stores was happy to buy new merchandise for resale, no questions asked.

The Escalade had been a gift, a surprise present meant just for him. Anyone who was stupid enough to leave the keys dangling from the ignition, in full view of the world, deserved to have the car taken away. And he couldn't wait to bring it home and present it to Roy.

That's what Griffin had thought, anyway, until the blanket in the backseat turned out to have a girl underneath it.

Ignoring the girl, ignoring his own panicked thoughts, the explanations and rationalizations he was already practicing for when he got back home, Griffin drove as fast as he could without losing control. Too fast for her to risk jumping out. He kept his head half turned, one eye on the road and the other on her. Weaving around slower cars, Griffin took a side street, and then another, until finally he was on an empty road that cut through a piece of scrubland. On each corner, a big white sign advertised it for sale to any interested developers.

As soon as he slowed down, the girl came at him, outstretched hands curved into claws, screaming like a banshee. Her head was cocked to one side, and her eyes were wide and staring. She looked crazy. Maybe she was.

Throwing the car into park, Griffin tried to deflect her, raising his shoulder and turning his head. At least no one was around to hear her. Her fingernails raked down his right cheek, and he could feel she had drawn blood.

He had to do something, but what? He squeezed between the seats. Griffin just wanted her to calm down, but he ended up wrestling with her, both of them struggling in a desperate silence. Finally, he managed to straddle her and pin her arms to her sides. He was bigger than she was, and he was working on pure adrenaline. At least she had stopped screaming. The sound of their ragged breathing filled the car. He became aware of a quiet hum — he had never had time to turn off the car. Straightening up, he managed to quickly reach over and turn off the key.

"I'm sorry," he said into the complete silence. "Let's talk about this. But you have to promise that you'll stop trying to kill me."

"I will." She nodded, her eyes not meeting his. Griffin figured she was probably lying. In the same situation, he knew he would lie.

He exhaled. "Look, it's an accident you're here. I just wanted the car, not you. I didn't even know you were in the car."

"Then let me go." Her voice was low and hoarse. She took a deep breath and then started to cough, a deep, racking sound. She kept her head turned away, but still little flecks of spit landed on him. When she spoke again, it was in a whisper. "Please, please, just let me go. I won't tell anyone."

Even Griffin wasn't that dumb. "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?"

Blind? Griffin stared at her dark eyes. He had thought they weren't really meeting his because she was looking past him for help, searching for a way out, assessing the situation.

"You're really blind?"

"My cane's on the floor."

Still wondering if she was tricking him somehow, he looked on the floor. Sitting next to a small black purse behind the driver's seat was a folded bundle of white sticks.

Griffin imagined doing what she asked. He could let her get out. Maybe give her her cane, maybe not. She could probably hear cars okay, and it wasn't like there were a lot of them. Instead of getting run over, she would flag down the next vehicle that came along. But as soon as someone stopped for her, it wouldn't be long until the police were involved. The brand-new Escalade didn't exactly blend in. What if someone passed by here only a minute or two after he let her go? He was thirty miles from home, thirty miles from where he could hide the car. It would be all too easy to track him down. And after that, it was still the same nightmare scenario. All of them locked up and the key thrown away for good.

No. Better to keep her for a little while yet. Ask Roy what to do, even though he wouldn't be happy about Griffin bringing back trouble. Better to bring it back than to leave it out here, ready to explode and engulf them all in the fallout. Besides, Griffin already had an idea. Tonight, after it got dark, he could drive this girl someplace deserted and let her out and then drive away again. Leave her someplace where it would be hours before anyone found her. Just like she asked, only with a lot less chance of being caught. But not here. Not now. Not in daylight. Not when a car might come by at any moment.

As if to make the thought real, he heard a car in the distance. Approaching them.

"I can't let you go," he said, and was starting to add, "not right now," but before Griffin even got the next word out of his mouth she was fighting him again, opening her mouth to scream. What could he do? Then he had an idea. He didn't know if it would work, but he had to do something. Desperately, he groped across the passenger seat until his fingers closed on what he needed.

Griffin pressed the barrel against her temple.

"Shut up or I'll shoot you."

CHAPTER 3

Every Reason to Lie


Cheyenne froze at the touch of the cold metal. She could tell that he meant what he said. He sounded angry and out of control, just like she felt. They were both quiet until the car passed them and the sound of its engine faded. She could feel her strength draining away with it.

"Look — can't you just chill?" His voice sounded a little calmer.

She made herself nod.

"I don't need this crap. I don't need you screaming and kicking and scratching. I can't think when you do that. So are you going to be quiet?"

Cheyenne nodded again, wishing she could curl up into a tighter and tighter ball, grow smaller and smaller until she just disappeared.

"I am going to let you go," he insisted.

Something must have flickered on her face, betrayed her doubt.

"I am! Just not now. Right now, I'm going to have to tie you up and cover you with the blanket so that no one can see you. And tonight, once it's dark, I'll let you go."

Her head ached where it had slammed against the window. That had probably only been five minutes ago, but it felt like a lifetime. Where were they now that he felt he could hold her down in the backseat without anyone noticing? That lone car had been the only one she had heard since he had turned onto this road.

"Take off your shoes." Cheyenne thought he was trying to stop her from running away, until he added, "And pull out the laces."

She did as he asked, wondering where the gun was pointing. At her head, at her heart? Or had he already set it down? The tiny slice of blurry vision she had left didn't reveal any clues. He ordered her to lie down on her side, facing the seat, then tied her hands together behind her. Cheyenne knew he couldn't be holding the gun when he did that, but even so, he could still pick it up and shoot her if she gave him any trouble. She did as he asked, but at the same time tensed her wrists and held them as far apart as she dared. With the second shoelace, he tied her ankles together. Why couldn't she have worn loafers?

Her mind raced. When he was finished, she rolled over so that she was facing him. She wanted him to see her face, to see her eyes even if she couldn't see his. It would probably be easier to shoot someone in the back.

She didn't want to make it easy for him.

Cheyenne heard him pick up her purse and begin to rummage through it.

"Are you looking for money?" she said. "Because I don't have much."

Cheyenne knew she had a twenty, two tens, and some ones. The twenty was folded the long way, the ten the short way, and the ones weren't folded at all. Whenever she got money back from someone else, she asked which bill was which and then folded it. Every blind person had their own way of folding money to tell it apart. Coins were a lot easier. Each was a different diameter and thickness, and some had smooth edges and some didn't. Even before the accident, when a coin fell to the floor, Cheyenne had been able to tell what it was, just by the sound it made.

Now she offered him a bargaining chip. "I do have an ATM card. Let me go, and I'll give you my PIN. I've got over three thousand dollars in my account."

"Three thousand dollars?" There was something about his voice that made Cheyenne think he was younger than she had first thought. He sounded incredulous.

She dared to let herself hope. "You can have all of it. I don't think you can get more than a thousand out at a time, but I won't tell them that you have the card. I swear."

"I don't want your money!" There was a strange tone to his voice. It was almost like he was hurt by her accusation, which didn't make any sense. It was okay to steal a car, it was okay to kidnap her, but it wasn't okay to take her money? "I'm looking in your purse for something to gag you with."

"You can't. I'm really sick. If you gag me, I won't be able to breathe." It wasn't a lie, but it wasn't the whole truth, either. But if he gagged her, it would make it that much less likely that she would be able to get help.

Cheyenne was shaking, partly with fear, and partly, she thought, because her temperature must be spiking again. It had been one hundred and two in the doctor's office. Dr. Guinn had prescribed antibiotics and said Cheyenne would be all done with them by Christmas. Now the thought struck like a blow to the stomach. Will I be alive to see Christmas at all? "That's why we were at the shopping center, so my stepmom could pick up my prescription at the pharmacy. If I can't breathe through my mouth, I'll smother."

He hesitated for a long time. Finally he said roughly, "Promise you won't scream?"

"I promise." Why should either of them believe the other? Cheyenne wondered bleakly as he pulled the blanket over her. They had no reason to tell the truth and every reason to lie. Which meant that he could be planning to hurt her, to chain her up in his basement for years, to shoot her in the heart. Just like she was thinking about how to get away, to get someone's attention, to hurt him so bad that he couldn't hurt her back. There was no point in either one of them trusting the other.

Even though he had pulled the blanket over her head as well as her body, the kidnapper had arranged it so it didn't cover her face. Good. She could still breathe. And because he could see her face, he would remember she was a person, not a long bundle like a rolled-up carpet. It would be a lot easier to shoot a rolled-up carpet. She heard him climb back into the front seat and then the car started.


(Continues...)

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April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novel The Night She Disappeared and the thriller Face of Betrayal, co-authored with Lis Wiehl. She lives in Oregon.

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Bookish_Delights More than 1 year ago
I really adored Girl, Stolen. This is the first book that I've read from April Henry and I had been looking forward to reading it for a while and it did not disappoint. The story is well thought out, smart, fast-paced, with suspense and action, and a twist towards the end. And with the added strain of a teenage girl's blindness and pneumonia, this accidental kidnapping is unlike any other I've read, so it definitely peaked my interest. It is fresh and original. The characters are believable, with Cheyenne being my favorite. I liked how despite her handicap of being blind and sick, she is not portrayed as weak and helpless. The author focuses more on Cheyenne's strengths than her weaknesses and utilizes them to the fullest extent. Don't underestimate her. In fact, she is quite an extraordinary, remarkable, and brave young girl. The amount of strength and fight in her to try to survive this ordeal is just incredible and inspiring. Even though this is just a work of fiction, it still gives you a testament of what a blind person is capable of overcoming when faced with obstacles. Cheyenne never gives up hope. Her intelligence as well as her methodical planning and strategic ingenuity make up for her blindness. Cheyenne finds the strongest weapon in the most unlikely place - through communication - which I thought was interesting. But she also uses her handicap to her advantage, trying to evoke sympathy, in hopes of gaining some leverage in her situation. So she really leaves no stone unturned. Griffin, the teenage boy who accidentally kidnaps Cheyenne when he steals her stepmom's car, is another character who, while I shouldn't like him because he is one of the bad guys, kind of grew on me once I got to learn more about him, as his damaged layers were slowly peeled back as you read through the book. He is torn between doing what's right and doing what his father expects of him, so his vulnerability is easily visible. The book does a great job of detailing the internal conflicts and thoughts of the kidnappers. For me the story was just as much about Griffin as it was about Cheyenne. I felt that it was just as important to try to "free" Griffin as it was to free Cheyenne. There are certain parallels in their lives that allow for them to relate - or seemingly so - which you have to decide, is it a genuine connection or a strategic one? You'll have to make up your own mind about this if you read this book. I found myself caring about what happened to the characters. And I was rooting for Cheyenne the whole time. The exciting part about reading this book is that it's unpredictable - to me at least - because it could go either way, good or bad. I didn't know what was going to happen next, which made the journey more thrilling and suspenseful. Money is such a powerful incentive for some of the captors that they are willing to selfishly hold Cheyenne for ransom despite never being kidnappers before. Even though Cheyenne is literally the blind one, for me it felt like her captors were also "blind," being blinded by money. You get to see the extent to which some people will go for money and how greed can affect some people in a negative way by clouding and overpowering rational reasoning and good judgement in the weak-minded. The book has a lot of underlying depth, dealing with themes and issues of peer pressure, morality, trust, the handicapped, overcoming obstacles, courage, and hope. I highly recommend reading this book!
Aik More than 1 year ago
As you can read from the synopsis, the protagonist Cheyenne is sick and blind. But her bad luck doesn't end there. When her stepmother, Danielle drives her to a pharmacy to get medicine supplies, she asks her to leave the key in the ignition to keep her warm. Then, when someone enters the car, she realizes from the person's micro-behaviours that he/she is definitely not Danielle. That's when reality hits - her car is stolen, and worse, she's inside it! This book is different from other books which I've read before. I think the best thing about this book is that the author has successfully portrayed Cheyenne's character. Having a blind protagonist is not easy, and I'm sure April has done quite a lot of researching and reading on this part. She also narrates Cheyenne's story skillfully, telling us what she feels at a particular moment, how she reacts to perilous events, and how she learns to trust one of her captors who promises to let her go. Griffin steals a Cadillac Escalade on a whim, without realizing that there's a girl in the backseat. When he discovers her, it is too late to let her go. So he brings her back to his dad's place, along with the car. He promises her that he will let her go once it is dark. But his dad declares that they will keep her as a captive after listening to the news broadcast reporting about the missing Cheyenne Wilder, for her father is Nike's president, and she is their one-way-ticket to wealth. The friendship between Cheyenne and Griffin is honest and unfeigned, although it seems out of place because of their different roles - one captive and the other the captor. But still, Cheyenne doesn't trust Griffin entirely, despite the fact that he's the only one who's kind towards her. She even tries to knock him unconscious on the day his father and his sidekicks go to get the ransom which they demanded earlier from Cheyenne's father. I don't blame her for this, because this only proves that her survival instincts are functional. I really admire Cheyenne's extraordinary spirit and strength. You would probably think that being blind, she will just give up and surrender. But this tough teenage girl will absolutely prove you wrong. She faces the problem calmly, and even tries to escape without the help of her cane. Her courage and determination to keep herself alive is indeed commendable. I couldn't imagine myself going through everything that Cheyenne has gone through - it was a really scary experience. And what's worse is that she's blind. Girl, Stolen is really amazing! I devoured the book in one-sitting. The story is fast-paced thrilling and heart-gripping. Even though I constantly feared for Cheyenne's safety, I remained hopeful for her survival. The climax of this novel left me in awe with the author's creativity and brilliance. The twist she inserted made my insides churn with fear for Cheyenne's fate. I went Oh, no! when her ticket to safety is suddenly ripped into pieces. I'll stop here so that I don't accidentally spill anything. If you want to know whether Cheyenne escapes efficaciously, you'll have to read this book to find out. Note: This book is a clean read. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great, thrilling story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant stress to you enough that you HAVE to read this book!!!!! Even if u hate books so much that u rather die than read a book, i swear that you deffinatly can not put this book down! You will get mad when u have to stop reading this book! So please if you want to read something u have to read this!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not read this book on the Nook but it was a good read. I did find it too easy for teen but im a high reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing! Its really well writen and makes you fell like you'er there with her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After getting stolen, blind cheynne has to find away to get away!! Totally worth it!! All my friends enjoy it too!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! I would get in so much trouble for not putting it down but I hope ther is another book so I know what Chyanne will do next and how Griffen is and if they ever meet in person again.
Abbylinn16 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Girl, Stolen. This was a novel that had quite an interesting plot compared to other stories similar to it due to the fact that Cheyenne is blind and sick with pneumonia. The pace of the book is fairly fast, although I must say, some parts of the story when Cheyenne is in captivity can get a little bit slow, and where I got stuck. Once you get past those couple of chapters, the ending is AWESOME! It has a lot of twists and turns that keep you right on the edge of your seat, not sure if Cheyenne will ever be safe again. The story also adds in another dynamic in that it switches off from Griffin, the accidental kidnapper, and Cheyenne's point of view. It is also really cool seeing how Griffin and Cheyenne's relationship develops which is quite unique. The ending will also keep you wondering what happens to the characters, still on the edge of your seat. Girl, Stolen is a great book that I would reccomend to readers who enjoy thrillers or realistic fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, i loved reading it! I wish the ending was different
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ABSOLUTLY AMAZING!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!! It is for a little bit older kids or teens, because of some inaproproite parts. It was a real page turner and i read it in two days!!! I can't even put in to words how I feal about this book!!!!! A MUST read book, i recommend it to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending is really good, i wished it had a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. The characters were very well thought out. The relationship between her and Griffen was cute, although it could have been much stronger. All the events leading up to the ending were good and engaging, but the ending sucked, to be honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Cheyenne is resting in the back of her step mom’s escalade; Griffin (thief) steals the car without knowing that Cheyenne is resting there. As Griffin continues stealing the car with a screaming Cheyenne in the back seat, he comes to find out that she’s blind and has pneumonia. Griffin decides that he could use her as ransom for is dad. But what they come to find out, is that Cheyenne’s dad is the president of Nike. As Cheyenne manipulates Griffin into sympathizing with her, she hopes that he’ll eventually let her go. Cheyenne and Griffin have a very strange, cool relationship as the story unfolds. Cheyenne is still blind, and despite her handicap, she still kicks butt. Her senses are ten times stronger than normal people. As she realizes it’s her time to escape after ransom is discussed, she goes for it. I cannot tell you what happens, you’ll just have to read for yourself. The characters in this book are very vivid, and I can imagine myself being right there with Cheyenne. Hoping that I can jump in and help her, but sadly, I cannot. There are many twists and turns in this book, but if you’re not one for creepy things, I wouldn’t read this book. If you love action, suspense, or not being able to keep your nose out of a book; this book is for you. April Henry opened a new world for me in not only books, but life. The book titled Girl, stolen is one of my top five favorite books of all time. I’ve gained a new perspective on life, and trust. I love this book, and I will read it over and over again.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Cheyenne feels awful. She and her step-mother have just left the doctor's office where x-rays revealed that Cheyenne has pneumonia. Her step-mother leaves her resting in the running car while she heads into the store to pick up a prescription. It all seems simple, until a stranger slips into the front seat and steals the car. As the car thief speeds out of the parking lot, a glance in the rear view mirror reveals he has a passenger, but by now it's too late. When Cheyenne realizes what is happening, she begs her captor to release her, promising not to tell anyone. When her promises are ignored, Cheyenne reveals the real truth - she is blind. Griffin, the young car thief, is in a panic. His actual target in the shopping center parking lot was to steal packages from unlocked vehicles. Stealing a car was not part of the plan, but when he saw the classy SUV was just sitting there with its engine running, he reacted. Now he will be delivering a really cool car to his father, but the added surprise of a kidnapped girl is definitely going to complicate matters. Cheyenne tries to use her remaining senses to follow the route Griffin takes into the country. She knows she isn't far from home, but she has no idea how to figure out exactly where she is. When her kidnappers find out she is the daughter of the company president of Nike, they are determined to demand a sizeable reward. As they plot and plan their next step, Cheyenne listens carefully for clues revealing their names and the location of the house where she is being held. Author April Henry has created quite a thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. GIRL, STOLEN is filled with plenty of excitement and suspense. There is the obvious complication of Cheyenne's blindness and the added difficulty of her physical illness and her immediate need for antibiotics. Those problems alone would be enough for most authors, but Henry adds other creative plot twists that will keep readers on their toes. GIRL, STOLEN is a must-read for action and adventure fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is really exciting and I fell in love with it. The characters are well thought-out and they had feelings that we can relate to. In the end, the story deserves 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lkve this book. I am 14 and i thiught it was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an amazing story about trust and bravery it cant get any better than this, buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so in detail that you think like your in the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I checked the book ou at my schol library and although i'm only about halfway through it, i'm addicted! The only problem is i cn find it! :( I recomend this book to anyone who love a mistery and is willing to sit for hours at a time reading because it is so good! IF YOU READ THIS BOOK, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! spoiler alert:Griffen has a crush on Cheynne i think! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to people who like mystery books. I would recommend it because it really explains everything that happened that happened in chronological order. My book was mainly about a blind girl that was in her stepmoms car while her stepmom was in the pharmacy. The girl, Cheyenne, was sleeping in the car and she asked her stepmom to leave the car running for the heat. Cheyenne was half way asleep when a guy jumped in the car and started driving away. Cheyenne thought it was her stepmom so she didn’t wake up, since she was blind she couldn’t tell who it was so she used her senses, she heard DEEP breathing and she smelt smoke and she knew her stepmom would never smoke. She knew it wasn’t her stepmom so she stood up and went to the front of the car and started beating the guy up, he couldn’t see her because it was too dark. The guy said take off the laces on your shoes and tie yourself up with them, and put the blanket over you and when we get to our destination I will let you go. If you want to find out what happened after that you will have to read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. There are 2-3 sections that you may be a bit hesitant around. Otherwise, this book is creatively written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was amazing! I definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been the most poetic book ive ever read. I first read it when my friend recommened it to me. I officially recommend this to you. Its also very true to others because this can happen to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much am enjoying this book but i was suprised to see some content that i would not recommened to anyone 12 and under. Otherwise, very good!