Taken by Norah McClintock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephanie is your typical teenager. Full of angst, especially after her father passes away unexpectedly in a car accident and her mother begins dating Gregg, who Stephanie can't stand and feels is substandard compared to her father. Stephanie and her mother have arguments that seem to further aggravate the tension at home. In a small, rural community, they town is rocked with the disappearance of two young girls. One which was found "not alive". Of course, our protagonist doesn't think it could happen to her!
From very early on, Stephanie was kidnapped and her survival skills kick in thanks to her grandfather teaching her all there is to know about surviving in the wilderness. The biggest chunk of the book is about her breaking free, surviving in the wilderness, and thinking about all the things that have happened. Her father's death. Her mother moving on. Maybe Gregg isn't as bad as she thought. Regret. Sadness. Worry. Overcoming panic.
I thought this book was well written for the targeted audience (12 and up). It was simple, yet, gripping. This wasn't very action packed but more focused on her psyche and survival instincts.
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