Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teen review: Realistic Fiction

Girl, Stolen
by April Henry
213 pages
Realistic fiction
Not part of a series
Reading level: 7th to 10th grade

Reviewed by Breeana D., grade 9

Girl, Stolen is about a teenage girl named Cheyenne, who's blind and is accidentally kidnapped by a young man named Griffin. The story is told through shifting perspectives. We see things from Cheyenne's and Griffin's points of view. Their relationship is odd and complicated, because you get the impression fairly quickly that Griffin really isn't like his dad and the deadbeats he hires. Griffin has sympathy for Cheyenne. Throughout this whole ordeal, the two get to know each other. Cheyenne is so strong, and resourceful. She has this relateable feeling to her. This girl fights exceptionally well in order to keep herself alive, and figure out how to escape.

By reading this book I learned a great deal about how it is to live like a blind person, and about struggles with which they must deal on a daily basis. As readers, we also get the back story of Griffin and why he is in his certain situation. It's weird, but the two of them had some things in common, which was interesting to see.

The only thing I disliked about this book is that I felt the first half of the book wasn't very suspenseful, but then again it did have good character interactions. Also, I thought how difficult it must have been for Cheyenne to overcome so many challenges by herself while not being able to see. In my opinion I would have to say that Cheyenne is one of the most extraordinary characters I have ever read about, because she has so much will ­power and courage.

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