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Girl, Stolen - April Henry

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Title: Girl, Stolen

Author: April Henry

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller

Synopsis: Cheyenne Wilder is a blind, sixteen year old girl. One day, she is in her stepmother's car while her stepmother is shopping and the key is still inside the car. A boy named Griffin finds the car and decides to steal it, accidentally taking Cheyenne along with him.

Mi opiniĆ³n: I liked how this book featured a strong female protagonist who has a disability. I was happy to see that Cheyenne Wilder was an intelligent, resourceful girl. She liked to be independent and used her enhanced senses to her advantage.

I also appreciate the amount of research that April Henry put into this book. The author definitely tried her best to put herself into a blind person's shoes. There was a part in this book that struck me. Cheyenne mentioned how she missed reading books. It made me realise how much we take reading for granted and how such a 'simple' thing such as reading is actually quite important and we often don't think about losing that ability.

However, there are always some weak points in a novel. For example when you look at Griffin, the car thief, he seemed too much of a nice guy and it made the book somewhat predictable. 

It seems a little bit ridiculous when I have already praised it, but a lot of the research in this book was unnecessary, having nothing to do with the plot.

The ending was also somewhat disappointing. I expected something a little better.

As for the content, there is mild swearing (but very little), some innuendos and some mild violence.

Recommendation: I would recommend this story for people in their early teenage years (13-15). people who don't read often and also for people who are interested in learning about the lives of blind people.

Rating: *** - Three stars out of five

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  2. Ooh, this sounds so interesting! I've never read about a blind person before, but I read about a deaf protag and it was amazing. I never really think about people our age having those kinds of disabilities.

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    1. Yeah, sometimes it can be easy to forget...

      Hey, what was that book about the deaf protagonist?

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    2. "Whisper" by Chrissie Keighery :) I'd 100% recommend it.

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  3. Ooh, I'd been looking at this one too, so thanks for the review! Weak endings are irritating, but this still sounds interesting enough that I might give it a go.


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    1. Yeah, it was really interesting to read!

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