Held

Held

Book - 2011
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Seventeen-year-old Chloe's summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is kidnapped. Will her captor ever let her go? And will she be the same person once she's free?
Publisher: New York : Annick Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781554512829
1554512824
9781554512836
1554512832
Branch Call Number: YA RAVEL
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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labyrinthine
Dec 31, 2015

Held by Edeet Ravel
Held is a novel for young adults by Canadian author Edeet Ravel. The novel follows a teenager by the name of Chloe whose life takes a dramatic turn while she is visiting Greece. Chloe was chosen to take part in a volunteer program that included a placement in Greece. She spent the summer working with children and planned to return home to America by the start of the school year. However, these plans change when, on her last few days in Greece, Chloe is kidnapped. Chloe is naturally frightened, and assumes the worst. When she meets her captor she finds that she is being held for a prisoner exchange. She is told she will not be hurt, and is in fact treated quite well by her captor. Soon, however she begins to develop an attachment to the man who is holding her captive. Chloe evens comes to believe she loves him. Which prompts the question, is she in love or simply a victim of Stockholm syndrome? I enjoyed this book and found it interesting for many reasons. First, I thought the author made an interesting choice by hardly revealing any details about Chloe’s captor (name for example). It kept him as a distant character throughout the book. Also, I was surprised to find myself coming to like the captor as well. It wasn’t until the very end that I really questioned their relationship. The author definitely did an excellent job of putting the reader in Chloe’s shoes. One thing I did not like (I’m going to have to disagree with one of my fellow reviewers here) was the notes in between chapters. It interrupted the story and it seemed pretty lame to me, not the best part of the book. In addition, when Chloe shares stories from her life with her captor they seem mundane and even inappropriate based on the seriousness of the situation. I think that the author’s desire to connect with teen readers interfered with the plot at times. Yet I would still recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a fast paced thriller. As a final I note I have heard rumors that there is a movie in the works for this novel.

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Haven0406
Aug 10, 2014

Wow. I didn't expect to like it that much. I finished it in a couple hours. It's very well written.

djoyce Feb 05, 2012

This YA novel about a girl, Chloe, who was kidnapped while on vacation in Greece was a fun and thrilling, quick read. I picked it up at the Ontario Library Association's annual superconference as it was featured in their bookstore. As a future librarian, I'm trying to read outside my "comfort zone" and part of that is reading books aimed at YA and child readers. That being said, I really enjoyed this quick read.

Although Held was a fast read for me, it was emotionally complex and interesting enough to keep my attention. In fact, I read it in a day; I could have read it in a few hours without interruptions. The book has a mix of psychological thriller, humour, emotion, and a some romance as well. I don't recall there being any swearing and there was a minimal amount of sexuality, although it was never overtly sexual--more hinted at. Held deals with issues of hostage-taking/captivity, Stockholm Syndrome, and PTSD without being too "heavy". There are also interesting and relevant vignettes throughout the book between chapters (such as newspaper articles about Chloe's kidnapping or social media (i.e. "FaceBook") conversations between her friends)--these vignettes added to the story, giving some context to Chloe's situation without feeling cheesy or gimmicky.

The book is ideally suited towards teen girls (and perhaps mature pre-teen girls) who like a mix of adventure/thriller and a bit of romance without being too dark or intense. It's probably best suited towards girls who are interested in reading books that have an interesting female protagonist or who like a quick read that has a good balance between action/dialogue and some character development.

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tiki_tiki20
Jan 05, 2012

Pretty Good. I wish there was a sequel though.

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KristieM
Nov 19, 2011

Personally I loved the book. Almost read it in one day, except for two or three pages.
I adore these different kinds of abduction stories. Though I think the description paints a somewhat different picture than the story really is. But I'd recommend in to anyone who is into these style of books. It was a great read.

Not the best book ever, but not the worst either. It had some interesting points, but other than that it dragged on, (and on, and on)

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