Girl, Stolen

The book that I read was “Girl, Stolen” by April Henry. This book switches between the points of view of Cheyenne and Griffin. In this book, one of the main characters, Cheyenne Wilder, comes from a wealthy family where her father is the CEO of NIKE. The day Cheyenne and her step-mom go to pick up medicine for Cheyenne, their car was stolen but with Cheyenne in it. Griffin, the car thief and accidental kidnapper, ends up bringing Cheyenne back to his father’s place to figure out what to do with her. They’re both teenagers and the weakness of Cheyenne is that she’s blind so she wouldn’t be able to tell the cops what her kidnappers look like. Griffin’s father Roy finds out who Cheyenne’s father is and holds he for ransom. Roy makes a deal to give Cheyenne back for millions of dollars but Cheyenne realizes that Roy isn’t going to really give her back so she comes up with plans to escape. Only two things stand in her way, she’s blind and she doesn’t know where she is.

One lens that I want to look through is the Socio-Economic/Marxist lens. Cheyenne is from a rich family and has anything that she wants and needs but Griffin on the other hand comes from a broken  and poor home where he was raised to steal if he wants/needs anything. These two come from very different backgrounds and occasionally in the book they would think “what if I was in their shoes” just to get an understanding of each other. This lens changes the meaning of the story because if Cheyenne’s family wasn’t rich then Griffin’s Dad, Roy, would have a reason to keep her. Therefore Cheyenne could have ben let go or even just dropped off somewhere.

The other lens I’m looking through is the feminist lens. Cheyenne wanted to use her blindness not as a weakness but to her own advantage. She was strong and would tell herself that she could solve this problem without the help of others. Some of her escape plans relied on her own power and getting out without then possible help of Griffin if he ever would agree to help her.

The other had two main viewpoints which were Cheyenne and Griffin’s. I think the author wanted to show us that there are two sides to every story and that one situation has different affects on other people even if they are both involved in the situation.

Chelsea Peters

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One thought on “Girl, Stolen

  1. I have never been read this book before. This book must really good! I couldn’t imagine how blind women had have been through with her experience. Two lenses are a good choice. It based on the disabilities and barrier. It also based on the society and didn’t give the blind’s right. I do understand her point of view because I’m deaf. I have to fight my rights because some people refused to provide the ASL interpreter. I would love to read this book, some day! Thank you for sharing!

    -Katelyn Miller

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