Thursday, May 31, 2012
So this was the second book from the 2011 Best YA Fiction list that I read, and I think I actually enjoyed it a little more than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, despite the fact that I prefer fantasy over contemporary. Then again, debut novels really aren't my thing.
I picked up Girl, Stolen, by April Henry, because (duh) I thought it sounded interesting: A blind girl currently down with pneumonia is resting in the backseat of a car while her step-mother fills her prescription, when BAM, the car--complete with our heroine, Cheyenne--gets stolen on impulse by Griffin, who was originally just looking for packages. But really, leaving your keys in the car is like asking someone to please steal it.
At any rate, I did indeed enjoy this book, and I swear it's not just because of my weird obsession with borderline-bad-boys. (Just me?) It's very well-written, and gives us the point of view of both Cheyenne and Griffin, and how an accidental kidnapper and a reluctant kidnappee (though I doubt there's any other kind) react to their situation(s). It was a fairly short, quick read, but if I have to complain about anything, it would be the ending. I know a lot of people enjoy an open-ended book, where the "rest of the story" could potentially go in many different directions--maybe because of the open-endedness of life or something, I don't know--but unless it's done in such a way as to indicate a sequel, then I'm usually not a fan.
And in case you couldn't tell, Girl, Stolen has an open ending. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay...
But if you think it sounds interesting, I do suggest you give it a try.