Hidden by Helen Frost

As an eight-year-old, Wren Abbott is unknowingly kidnapped by a man who steals her mother’s car while Wren is hiding in the backseat. Wren spends several days trapped in the man’s garage, secretly aided by his daughter, Darra. Wren escapes, and believes the ordeal is behind her; however, six years later, Darra and Wren re-enter each other’s lives at a summer camp. Through Frost’s powerful verse, the two must confront their shared past, and discover that long-believed “truths” may not be exactly as them seem.

This book was incredible! Frost’s verse is flowing and powerful, sucking you in from the very first page. Plus, the plot-line is amazing — girl is kidnapped and then happens to run into the daughter of her kidnapper at summer camp? Very dramatic. I especially like that Frost lets you see how things unfold from both characters’ points of view — there is no clear “right” or “wrong”. It’s all gray matter. You’re free to interpret every detail exactly as you’d like.

The novel is short. Too short, in my opinion. I definitely wanted more — more back-story, more about what happens after the “ending”, more poems! However, it’s short length does make for an extremely quick read, so if you’re not a fan of long books, this one is definitely for you. You’ll read it in one sitting!

*VOYA “Perfect 10’s” List, 2012

Rating: 4/5

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