- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482943689
- ISBN-13: 978-1482943689
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,528,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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''A teen beaten down by peer bullying finds inner strength when she is abducted and held against her will . . . Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status.'' --Kirkus
About the Author
CHERYL RAINFIELD writes realistic edgy fiction for teens, fantasy for children, and some nonfiction articles for adults. She edits and critiques children's and teen fiction, and on her website she reviews a wide variety of children's and young adult books. In addition to writing, Cheryl is also a talented artist. She lives in Toronto with her dog, Petal.
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Told in Sarah and Nick's first person POVs in alternate chapters STAINED will keep readers rooting for Sarah's release. Even though Sarah and Nick had flawed personalities, I didn't find the them particularly authentic. Sarah's arc was entirely predictable and cliche, but I don't want to be spoiler-y so I won't say more. The end are some over-the-top scenes, particularly toward the end of the book. Write Cheryl Rainfield, in the afterward, says that she had some of the same scenarios in her childhood that Sarah faced, but those events are foreign to what most readers will have experienced or even heard of. While I don't disbelieve Rainfield, STAINED Would have been more believable if she had stuck to the less bizarre events. Writing wise, STAINED is a fast paced, enjoyable read despite the tough subject matter.
STAINED is a difficult book to rate. For some sensitive readers, the subject matter --rape and other abusers-- may be too difficult, although there aren't graphic descriptions. I liked this novel, but couldn't help to think with some tweaking, how much better it could have been
Caroline Cooney released The Face on the Milk Carton in 1990 and Lois Duncan spent the entire 90s writing about being victimized after experiencing personal trauma. I haven't read the author April Henry, who writes with similar themes, but Cheryl Rainfield includes Henry as an influence so I've added Henry to my to-read list.
Two, working on three, decades later, there's still a need for books like these to help prepare our kids for this world. Duncan, Cooney, and Henry started telling young adults about violence; Cheryl Rainfield took that premise and built on it. She goes one step further, giving details about what happens after reporting the crime - what happens at the hospital. So many court cases are lost because victims don't know what to do after the crime happens. That's my favorite part of this book.