This is a new series for my blog, wherein I will discuss whatever book or books I’m reading or have just finished that week. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading this week, too, or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
Oops, almost missed this week’s post.
12/16/10: Girl, Stolen by April Henry
A blind girl is accidentally kidnapped when a boy steals her stepmom’s car. When the boy’s father finds out the girl’s father is rich and powerful, he decides to hold her for ransom. It is told in present tense, in alternating chapters by the girl and her young kidnapper.
As for Cheyenne’s inner conflict, she is a girl who lost her sight three years earlier in an accident and she struggles with whether to allow herself to look weak because of her blindness in front of her kidnappers. This is a struggle for her because she hates looking weak in front of anyone, but she also wants to do anything she can to survive this ordeal.
I’m only about halfway through, but I’m in awe of the spare prose and how the author handles backstory and description. I’m definitely hooked! This topic could be really depressing. This could be a really dark book. But it isn’t. Because April Henry doesn’t let us wallow in the lows or spend too much time worrying about Cheyenne. The plot moves too quickly for that. Cheyenne constantly thinks about how to get out of her predicament.
Okay, I’m going to go back to finish it now.
Have a good weekend, reading and writing friends!