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Girl, Stolen by April Henry
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Jun 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: library-reads, summer2011

At the end of the day the only good thing about this book was the cool manicure the cover model had.

So, I don't regret reading this book, but I also wouldn't have regretted passing it up now that I have finished it. The plot of Girl, Stolen is, for the most part, interesting. Cheyenne is blind and is kidnapped. Interesting, right? Well, then she also has pneumonia which is the reason she was alone in the car to begin with, however I've had pneumonia and Cheyenne didn't act that sick. Flu, maybe. Not on the brink of death like she's constantly saying.

And that's just where my issues started. At points this book read like a pamphlet, and a pamphlet not just for being blind but for chop shop businesses and other random bits of information. The awkward sentences felt like they had been paraphrased directly from Wikipedia and WebMD. Another awkward bit was the use of Nike. Nike is a real company (don't worry, if you live under a rock April Henry explains what the Nike company does) and, to me, it just seems weird to use fictional people in a real company. The author could have easily changed the company name. These things took me out of the story.

Finally, at the end of the book I realized that the real story wasn't of Cheyenne's kidnapping but of Cheyenne's journey of being blind. Since she wasn't blind her entire life she had to learn to accept that. Reading about that would have been far more interesting.

Ultimately what threw the book for me was the near romance there was between Griffen and Cheyenne. Griffen kidnapped Cheyenne, albeit not on purpose but striking up a friendship with him isn't cool. And this wasn't a Stolkhom syndrome kind of thing, it was actual friendship. And I get it, Griffen is in a bad situation and isn't able to decide how he lives his life. It's hard being young. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME FRIENDSHIP AT THE END. I mean, hello creepy Edward Cullen status.

This book had a lot of potential, but it never met its potential and that's a shame.
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Reading Progress

June 25, 2011 – Started Reading
June 25, 2011 – Shelved
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: library-reads
June 25, 2011 – Shelved as: summer2011
June 25, 2011 –
page 21
9.86% "Reviews on this book are 50/50. And so am I."
June 25, 2011 –
page 43
20.19% "Starting to see why people don't like this book. Awkward reveal of information and inconsistent narrative/voice."
June 26, 2011 –
page 123
57.75% "Decided this is just another book romanticizing creepy guys. Kidnapping, not a turn on."
June 26, 2011 – Finished Reading

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