Monday, March 19, 2012

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Title: The Night She Disappeared
Author: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also delivers pizzas part-time. One night, Kayla, another delivery girl at Pete's Pizza, goes out with an order and never comes back. To Gabie's horror, she learns that the man who called in the fake pizza order had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Was Kayla's fate really meant for Gabie? Obsessed with finding Kayla, Gabie teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead--and to find her before she is. 

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry was a fantastic read. It was the first time I read anything by April Henry, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it It was a thrilling read and I just sped through, practically reading it in one sitting. It was jus that good a story.

Gabie works at Pete's Pizza on Wednesday nights, but on that night, Kayla had asked if she was willing to trade shifts with her. That's also the night someone called in a delivery and asked if the girl who drives the Mini Cooper was working but Drew didn't think much of it and sent Kayla to do the delivery. And everything seemed fine until Kayla doesn't come back from making the delivery. When she finds out about Kayla's disappearance the next day, Gabie can't help but feel guilty because she was the one who was supposed to be working. But also because she's the one who drives the Mini Cooper. With Drew's help, Gabie sets out to find out what really happened to Kayla, hopefully without putting her own life at risk. 

Until I read The Night She Disappeared, I hadn't read anything by April Henry. Now I kind of wished I had because I simply loved this one. I may have said this before but I wish there were more YA thrillers being written. And if there were more like The Night She Disappeared then that would just be fantastic. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and captivated me from start to finish. I just didn't want to put the book down. I also enjoyed all the different documents related to the investigation that were included. They really added another dimension to the story.

The story was told from multiple points of view, which at first made it a little hard to follow. But it didn't take too long for me to come around to it. It really helped make the story more mysterious and the story being told in this way is one of the main reasons the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Even with the story told this way, I still feel like I got to know the characters really well, particularly Drew and Gabie. They were both great characters and I enjoyed seeing them come closer together. It was a relationship that I definitely loved to see grow and despite the circumstances it didn't feel forced at all. Most of all, they are definitely characters that I will remember for some time. 

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry was a fantastic and thrilling read. If you are looking for a book that's a little different from your typical YA, this is one to keep in mind. 

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