The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die - YA Review by Tori H

Reader: Tori H.
Age: 12
Title: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Author: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pub Date: 06/11/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I loved this book because it was always exciting. Cady (but she doesn't know that yet) is always being followed by men who kidnapped her. She can't seem to get away and meets an ally in the process. She doesn't know who her family is or where they are. This book never fails to make you go "wait, what?" Just when you think she will be OK, it changes immediately. It is very unpredictable and very exciting. She is one minute safe at her ally's apartment and the next running from her kidnappers.  It is a mature book, but definitely not boring. I liked it because she has to struggle to stay alive and regain her memory. She is separated from her family and she would be able to find them, but she doesn't know who they are.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was memorable because it was a book about something so terrifying yet realistic. This book wasn't your regular old cookie cutter dystopian book. It was exciting and new. I will remember this book because she looses her memory.
Cover: This cover wasn't even helpful. It looks like a road, but I can't even tell what it is. It says it isn't final and I hope that this cover isn't on the book when it comes out. It is very confusing.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: This book is about a girl who was kidnapped, no longer knows who she is, and was about to be "finished off". She manages to escape and goes on the run.

tags:  suspense / thriller / biological warfare / identity theft / ya lit

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