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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized6 Comments

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Source: Received for review
Publication Date: 28 Sept 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0805090053
Format: paperback (ARC)
Pages: 224
Place(s) Traveled to: Portland, Oregon

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Cheyenne heard the car door open.

The first thing that attracted me to Girl, Stolen by April Henry was the cover and then when I read they synopsis I thought that it was filled with possibility. When I learned that Girl, Stolen was going to be a part of The Contemps Challenge this book became a must have. When I received Girl, Stolen I couldn’t help but peek inside and feel in love with the first chapter (see my Fragment Friday from 10 Sept.) But do to other commitments I wasn’t able to pick this book up again until Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon.

As a read-a-thon book Girl, Stolen was a good choice. Its well written and on the short side so you get a sense of accomplishment when you are able to finish it. I’m not the fastest of readers these days so that was a big plus for me. However, the plot was just one that I’ve read before in Lucy Christopher’s Stolen (my review). Ok…Ok…I KNOW that for the most part the similarities between the two books is very surfacy. They both have kidnapping plots and then from their they diverge. In Stolen, its planned and calculated while in Girl, Stolen its accidental and the main character is blind. In my head I know they are different and yet throughout my reading of Girl, Stolen I couldn’t help but compare the two books.

Stolen was just filled with such tension and the words just leapt off the page. I didn’t get that same sense of urgency or tension in Girl, Stolen. Cheyenne is supposed to be sick, really sick, and yet except for the occasional bought of coughing she never seemed sick to me. And if it wasn’t for the author occasionally saying how sick Cheyenne was I never would have thought about it. So that whole aspect of the plot just seemed so forced and didn’t ring true. Another forced plot point, was the romance. Not every book needs to have romance in it for a reader to enjoy it. I never got that pang in my heart feeling when it came to Griffin and Cheyenne. Never felt like they had any real connection other than he was her accidental kidnapper. They were just sort of tossed together and as a result their interactions just came across a bit flat for me.

Girl, Stolen was a quick read and I did like the overall writing of it. I liked how the story was told from the points of view of both Cheyenne and Griffin. I liked how the chapter numbers weren’t just plain numbers on a page but merged into a drawing of a cars rear view mirror. I believe that April Henry will be an author that I pick up in the future even though this book didn’t wow me. I just think that my perception of this particular book of hers was tainted by my reading a similar story first. I think that I would have enjoyed Girl, Stolen a lot more if I had read it before I read Stolen. I know that I am probably being unfair to Girl, Stolen in the comparison but I just can’t help it. I didn’t hate it but at the same time I didn’t love it either. I am not sure if I can recommend it but will say that if you are interested in it then to read it before you read Stolen. I wish I had so that I could be a bit more fair to Girl, Stolen.

6 Responses to “Girl, Stolen by April Henry”

  1. Anna

    I read another review somewhere that the plot is one that’s been used before. And I had such high expectations for it! Well, I’ll still give it a go, since it’s on my shelf. Thanks for the review.

  2. Irish

    I liked the book…I just think I would have liked it more if I’d read it before Stolen. I know I should try to separate my reads and its unfair to compare…but it just so hard not to in this case.

  3. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    I haven’t heard too much about this book and this is the first review I’ve read, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy. Seeing as how I haven’t read Stolen, I might have to pick this one up and give it a shot.

  4. Irish

    Definitely give it a try. I will read other books by April Henry. I also HIGHLY recommend Stolen. One of my top books of the year.

  5. Shanyn

    This is a contemp challenge book so I asked for a copy at GLIBA and got it, wooo. I’ve seen so-so reviews about it but it’s not very long so I’m not dreading reading it or anything. Maybe it will be better that I haven’t read Stolen yet (whoops)!