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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,246 ratings  ·  612 reviews
“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henrycrafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follo
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 2013)
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A copy of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die was provided to me by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)/Netgalley for review purposes.

'[...]my mind shut down. Went blank. Went someplace where I wouldn't have to remember.'

What would you do if you woke up to find you had been kidnapped? What would you do if you somehow manage to escape but realize you have no idea where you were? What would you do if you didn't have any idea who you were? The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is a riveting thriller of a girl who has
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This review is going to be uncharacteristically short for me, but the book itself is pretty short, so I suppose that's fitting. Since this is going to be one of those reviews that sort of reads like I didn't like the book, let me say this up front: I did like The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. However, I'm giving it two stars here on GR, because overall I feel like it was an okay book, not an especially good one. I'm not generally a big fan of thrillers, but I previously quite enjoyed Henry's Gir ...more
Jenni Arndt
Wow what a short, intense read this was. I wasn’t too sure going into it how I would fare with it because it was such a short novel and the first I have read from Henry, but I’m happy I gave this one a try. This one does not let up from page one and I was on the edge of my seat as Katie ran her butt off and tried her best to find out who she was and who was after her.

We catch up with Cady right in the thick of things. She wakes up beaten and bruised on the floor of a cabin and has absolutely no
"Don't act. Be."


Setting: Portland, Oregon and Bend, Oregon;2013

Coverley Love?:No. It's too close of a close up for me, and kind of creepy. This definitely would have not been a cover buy for me. If had not heard of the premise of the book, I would have never picked it up.

Plot:Sixteen year old Cady wakes up in a log cabin in the woods to find her fingernails torn off, in a place she has never been with no recollection how she got there. All she knows is that right now, there are two men trying
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
The suspense almost killed me. Lol. It's very good!
[3.5 stars] I read Henry's The Night She Disappeared last year and really enjoyed it, it was a brilliant fast-paced mystery thriller . So, as you can image I was excited when I heard about TGWwStD. Even though I didn't like it as much as TNSD it was still a great page turner!

The book opens with the mc, Cady waking up in a cabin with no memory of how she got there or even of who she is. There has been a influx of YA books dealing with memory loss, and of the ones that I have read none of them hav
Michelle Arrow
*3.5 star rating*

"Maybe it's because I'm average." I sniff back my tears. "Maybe it's because I'm like everyone else." Ty rolls his eyes. "I may not know you very well, but I'll tell you one thing: You aren't like anyone else."

Girl, Stolen was an amazing book. I couldn't wait for more from this daring, new author that's sure to leave thousands of other readers stunned with her plot-twisting mysteries. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die wasn't as good as April Henry's other book, but it was some

This book got your attention from the moment you started it. It was very fast and full of action. There really wasn't a dull moment in this book.

Katie is an average girl who doesn't know who she is or where she is. All she knows, is that two guys are discussing on killing her and getting rid of her body and that she has to find a way to get out. She always had a plan or idea in her head through out the whole book. Ty is a normal guy working in his shift and finds a girl being chased and helps he

Mrs. Guarisco
Another thriller from April Henry! A complete page turner. I wouldn't recommend this to all of my readers; it was pretty intense and scary at times, but if you like non-stop action from the first paragraph, this is the book for you.

I loved Ty and so much want to believe that people like him exist in the world. My hope is that he's based on someone real, someone who's out there having a successful, happy life.
The Girl who was Supposed to Die starts off as this creepy thriller where you trust no one and question everything. Imagine waking up somewhere you don’t know with two people who you also don’t know discussing whether or not they should kill you. You’d be pretty freaked out, right? Oh, and what about seeing your fingernails not attached to your fingers? *shudders* I was instantly pulled in.

Who was this girl? Who were these people who held her? What information did she have? Why did they want tha
The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die was an intense book! It had me reading page after page without wanting to stop. At one point I was reading before I started work and was so mad that I had to stop and wait until I was finished my shift to find out more about this mysterious girl. Is she just crazy? Or is someone really trying to kill her? I needed more!

I liked Cady a lot. She was able to be strong, but vulnerable at the same time, which isn’t easy for a character to be. Cady had no memory before
Lexi Holmes
The book I ready was "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die," by April Henry. This book is action packed and I would most definitely recommend this book to others. This book is best suited for an audience around the ages of 13 and above. The book begins with the main character, so called Katie inn the beginning, in a cabin in the middle of the woods. She has been kidnapped and she is in pain. Katie doesn't remember who she is or what happened to her. All she knows is that she is on a hard floor, som ...more
Act now. Be.

My mind shut down. Went blank. Went somewhere I wouldn’t have to remember. Even when they pulled out my fingernails, it wouldn’t come back.

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is. And she doesn’t know what has happened to her. All she knows is that two guys want to kill her. So she must run.

I really enjoyed this book, it was interesting and really reached out and grabbed me. I liked the beginning, a girl who has lost her memory and people are out to kill her. It
Genesis Fuerte
“The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die” by Henry April is about a girl named Katie, sixteen that woke up in a cabin and not knowing who she is. At first she does not know who she is and it takes her a while to remember things. When she escapes the guy who is supposed to kill her she steals a car and drives to the city for hep. She meets this guy named Ty and Ty offers all the help he can gives so she takes it. There are plenty of guys going after her and she does not know why. She does not know where ...more
Jan 16, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of suspenseful thrillers
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library, my sister.

This is my third book by this author. The first two books I read was really good and like this was was a thriller and had a lot suspense. When I saw the cover for this book and read the first few pages, I knew I was going to like. Not only was it short and I was able to finish it one day, the chapters were short and really easy to read. It was also a quick and easy thriller. I loved the plot, not only was it suspenseful but it was also really unique and interesting. The plot w
This high-octane thriller opens with a bang and keeps up the fast-paced suspense until the end. Our teen narrator wakes up not only not knowing where she is, but also not knowing who she is. All she knows is that she hurts: her fingers hurt where two of her nails have been ripped off with pliers, her mouth hurts where she’s been bashed in the face.

She slowly opens her eyes and sees she’s inside a small mountain cabin that’s been ransacked. Then she hears voices. Two adult males are arguing over
Wow! "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die" was so good!! Once I started, I just couldn't stop reading!! I was "on the edge of my seat" for pretty much the entire read and did not expect the main reason for the things that happened. I did, however, see some of the things that happened in the book coming and I loved that! It's always so much fun to make guesses -- especially when they end up being correct! ;)

I appreciated how romance wasn't a main element in "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die". I love
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Wow. What a page turner!

I randomly grabbed this book off the library shelf with no idea what it was about, and ended up really enjoying it. I love when that happens!

This book really kept me on the edge of my seat and I was dying to know what was going on. I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting, actually.

The ending was a teensy bit disappointing, as the solution to the mystery seemed extremely far-fetched. However, I had such a blast getting there that I don't even care!

Also, Ty wa
Hannah S.8
My book, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry, is about a girl who woke up not knowing who she is or where she is and over hears someone commanding someone else to "finish her off". Not knowing the girl is awake, the man drags her out back, but before he can kill her, she fights back and "kills" him first. Nervous, she steals his gun, phone, and car and begins to leave. She can't remember any thing and has trouble finding where she is. She stops at a police station but they don't beli ...more
The Girl That Was Supposed To die, is a very intence book that is thrilling the whole way through. when about 17 year-old Katie gets cought and taken out to the woods to die she doesn't know who she is or where she is. she gets free by punches and kicks out harming one of the people that was tring to kill her. she takes his car and drives away. in rush she meets a boy. find out if she gets away and gets her memory back? or finds her lost family.
I recently read the book "Girl Who Was Supposed To Die" by April Henry. Cady wakes up in this old cabin with her head throbbing. Someone is talking and she decides to act like she is still sleeping. She hears two men talking when and one of them says to finish her off. She hears one man leave and the other enters the room where she was being kept. The man lifts her over his shoulder and her fingers brush the ground and she yelps. He takes her outside and he seats her next to a tree stump. The al ...more
Blythe Penland
I thought this book was greaty-great-great! I was so surprised at the actual story behind the girl who was supposed to die. I can't believe that losing Max, her brother, made her lose all of her memories of who she was. I also can't believe that her nails were pulled out. Must have been horrifying. What I've learned from this book was April Henry is a fantastic writer. I'm thinking of reading some of her other pieces. I was happy that Ty and Cady kissed at the end. Also, glad that Max was ok. Wh ...more
Really enjoyed this one - very quick, very suspenseful read. I could have read it in one sitting, but life got in the way...I liked the shorter chapters (which allows for easier reading, in my opinion!)
Amber Kaldy
This fast paced book is a great read. All the tension and not knowing what will happen next, this girl ( who doesn't remember anything name, parents, nothing) doesn't know who to trust and has to run. Two, three, four, five people are out to kill her. She meets Ty in her adventure, a lower income worker from McDonalds. He helps her figure out what will happen and that she can trust him. Towards the end she figures out her name is Cady, and where her family is but not everything is happy-go-lucky ...more
Nenia Campbell
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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die turned me into The Girl Who Was Supposed to Go to Bed but Didn't Because She Stayed Up All Night Reading This Book.

I really, really enjoyed The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. When people talk about "high-octane thrillers" this is the kind of book they are referring to. I couldn't put it down for a moment.

The premise is this: a girl wakes up with no memories of who she is, or why she's in a cabin in the
Alexa Richards
The Girl Who Was Supposed to die is a thrilling novel by April Henry. This book made me laugh, cry, and wonder why. I wondered why did she wake up in a cabin? Why did she wake up missing some fingernails? Most importantly why did she not know who she was or that her name was Cadence? As I continued to read this book "Cady's" story unraveled. Her parents are scientists at a company called Z-Biotech. A virus had broken out and it was contagious through field mice. "Cady's" parents sold the company ...more
Lex N.
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die Is about a girl that is kidnapped. She wakes up and relizes that if she doesn't run now, she might get murdered. She finds someone to help her get away and save the day.

I liked the book, but at points it was a little too scary. But only some parts were like that and most of the book was fun to read and kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it to anyone that likes murder mysteries. (PS Don't read it at night)
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is only the second April Henry book that I've read but it will not be my last. She is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for young adult suspense!

I don't want to give anything away about the story so I'm going to attempt to keep this review short and sweet. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die grips readers from the very first page. Readers are introduced to a girl who knows nothing about herself other than the fact that someone wants her dead. Readers learn a
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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an
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