The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, by April Henry

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, by April Henry

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery/Murder/Thriller, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Publication: June 11, 2013, by Henry Holt and Co.

Format: Paperback Edition (borrowed)

Goodreads Summary: “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.


"Maybe it's because I'm average." I sniff back my tears. "Maybe it's because I'm like everyone else." Ty rolls his eyes. "I may not know you very well, but I'll tell you one thing: You aren't like anyone else."

  Girl, Stolen was an amazing book. I couldn't wait for more from this daring, new author that's sure to leave thousands of other readers stunned with her plot-twisting mysteries. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die wasn't as good as April Henry's other book, but it was something that left me thinking.

    Imagine--you wake up in some cabin that you've never seen more. You don't remember your name or even have a clue who you are, and all you hear two men talking about how you don't know anything and how they're going to go and "finish you off." What would you do? This is what Cady went through. 

    Of course, this girl escapes. I'm not going to go into full detail on how she did it, but she did. She was supposed to die, but she made it out. People are saying that she "escaped from a mental hospital," which would've been super-cheesy, but she actually didn't. This book will keep you guessing until the very end and will get you thinking about these types of situations that occur all over the world.

      I'm always interested in these types of mysteries where the book is taken place from the victim's POV. I don't like the detective-police sort of stories, but this is definitely awesome for my liking. I really loved the idea of a supposed-murder. 

      The first page of this book captivated me. I just couldn't believe that the author thought of something so unthinkable and so unbelievable. You just don't want to imagine any of these things happening, but April Henry needs us to. It's her job, haha. If you liked to get a little creeped out, then this book's perfect for you. You may or may not need an escort with you at all times and will need to make sure that your parents don't own an animal-disease lab. Other than that, you're all good.


       And you may or may not have trouble breathing or claustrophobia because the amount of fresh air is fading away. :D

       As I went on with the book, it was pretty good. By the end, I found it to be nothing special. The idea was petrifying, but something was missing and that slanted the whole book another way in another direction. Maybe this is because it's very similar to April Henry's Girl, Stolen. I just can't seem to figure out a reason why I'm feeling like this after reading it. By the end, I was still deciding what rating to give this book. A 3 was my first choice, but then I began counting the pros and cons, and well, let's just say the positives took over.

       Cady was a very believable character. April Henry really made her voice stand out, and she was fairly realistic and understanding. You will feel sympathy for her 24/7 because of her situation, but because of her badass-ness, that sympathy kind of goes away a little.


         I loved Ty, seriously. It was kind of unbelievable how he took Cady into his home and treated her like a princess even though he heard all of those bad things about her and how she's kind of a criminal, but those things aside, I loved him. 

         The ending of this book was predictable, but I guess we all saw it coming from the start. This is a touching story that will get you fawning for more! I can't wait to read The Body in the Woods!   

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