Friday, April 18, 2014

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield*****

Stained is about sixteen-year old Sarah Meadows, a teen with a port wine stain. She is kidnapped by a close friend of their family, who says that she is just a person playing the part of the victim. He has killed other girls like her with port wine stains, or more noticeable birthmarks. He tries to degrade her confidence, but Sarah never gives up, she keeps fighting, trying to find a way out. Her best friend, Nick, wants her to escape, and spends his time grieving and drawing comic strips about her. He uses some superheros that Sarah created to make the story. He also may be in love with her. Can Sarah escape the clutches of her kidnapper? Can Nick confess his true feelings?

I think that the author did a really good job with this book. Since I've read so many books, I know whether or not I'll be able to really, really enjoy a book. This is definitely one of them. It is always fast paced and continues to keep your attention for hours. It makes you emotional, and makes you think of ways Sarah could escape her kidnapper. I think if the author had put a little more detail into the kidnapper, the reason why he did it would be more clear at the beginning of the book. It would also help explain his motives, and help explain his emotions. This book has a lot of inappropriate spots, so it is definitely for high school students.