Saturday, June 8, 2013

ARC Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Author: April Henry
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 11, 2013)

Description: “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.

My Thoughts: THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE was an engaging, heart-pounding thriller that was filled with mystery and danger. 

A sixteen-year-old girl returns to consciousness to hear the two men who have tortured and beaten her decide to kill her. She manages to use skills she didn't know she had to get away from the man left of kill her but her troubles are just beginning.

She has no idea who she is or what it is she is supposed to know. She doesn't know who she can trust. She has quite a few close calls because the unknown villains are hot on her trail. She is befriended by Ty who is a formerly homeless young man finishing his senior year and working at McDonald's. He decides to help her because people had helped him when he needed it. Together the two of them manage to unravel the mystery. 

I liked Cady and Ty and thought they were very realistic. I liked the writing style which relied and short sentences and first person narration. I think this title would be good for middle graders and reluctant older readers as well. 

Favorite Quote:
"First, let's see if we can figure out why you can't remember," Ty says in a low whisper. He puts his fingers on the keyboard. "Then we'll work on what it is you're not remembering."

"Why and what? You forgot the who, when, where, and how." I start out half-joking, but by the time I finish my sentence, our task seems impossible.
I received this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. After seeing your 56 I had high hopes for it.
    Great review, I will definitely find a copy for myself at some point.

  2. This isn't my typical read.. But it does sound pretty good. Thanks for sharing!

    Great review :)


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