Hi bookies (those of you who travel without moving)! Another week has gone by! Hope it was a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. I’ve been making an effort to read book after book and not lose steam. Since I recently discovered April Henry’s works, I have been checking out several of her books. The latest one I have read is “The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die”. Here are the facts:
Title: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Author: April Henry
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure
# of pages: 213
I must say, April Henry is really good at making titles that immediately catch your interest. From the cover, I thought this book would be too scary and horror-like, but since it was middle-school-level, I gave it a shot. I’m glad I did. This book was a great read. Take a look at what it’s about:
“Take her out back and finish her off.” She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run. In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.
Besides loving anything to do with time-traveling, I have also had a fascination with the mind, memory, and mental powers. I also love to learn about new things and try to understand what I don’t. So amnesia has always been a mystery for me to decipher, since even scientists still don’t have all the answers on what is the exact cause, why each case differs from person to person, and what it actually is. Like I said, fascinating, right?
Imagine now not only not remembering who you are, but also having your life in danger at the same time. Can the excitement increase any more? Apparently, it can, because that is precisely what April Henry achieves with this book. Like the blurb said, it throws in some murder, and biological warfare so you don’t get bored. Not enough? Ok, ok. Throw in a manhunt, doubts about the protagonist’s sanity, a fake ID, a fire, and a hint of martial arts. Now you see why I finished this book in a single sitting? This book is good, really good. It’s definitely fast-paced.
Ok, so let me give you a concise summary of the story plot without giving anything away. (Always a challenge!) The teenage protagonist of the story has amnesia and doesn’t even know her name or age. The story starts off with her coming to this realization after she gains consciousness. Apparently she had been unconscious due to the torture she just went through and the first thing she hears is that the men who did this have decided to kill her. (Man, and I thought I had a rough time just getting out of bed!) Anyway, she may not remember anything about herself, but her body remembers some things. She knows how to walk, talk, and use martial art moves to get away.
But her captors won’t let her go so easily. When she runs for help, she learns that her captors are… mental institute workers who are treating her schizophrenia? Or are they? With her sanity in question, “Katie” doesn’t know who to believe or where to go. Can she figure out where she’s from, where her family is, and what is going on? Have fun figuring out! I sure did.
I loved getting to know “Katie” and the companion she picks up on the way. Their relationship progresses slowly and that adds realism to the story. I would have enjoyed getting to know “Katie’s” family and the villain of the story. He seems a bit flat after all the adventures “Katie” goes through. He is just basically the psychological profile of any big-time bad guy. Despite these little details, the book is very enjoyable and would be good for basically any adult or adolescent. Maybe even kids.
So to sum it all up, read this book! You’ll enjoy it. I give it a 5/5 for being adaptable to anyone, enjoyable, an easy read, and a bit factual and informative within the frame of the story. Tell us bookies, do you like scary books (unlike me)? How do you react in the most exciting or scary bits? What do you think of April Henry’s books? Your comments are much appreciated!