The Girl in the White Van
A teen is snatched after her kung fu class and must figure out how to escape—and rescue another kidnapped prisoner—in this chilling YA mystery.When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she's run away. The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. And worse yet, Savannah’s not alone: Ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out—even if it means they die trying.Master mystery-writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller in this story ripped straight from the headlines.

The Girl in the White Van Details

TitleThe Girl in the White Van
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250157591
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Girl in the White Van Review

  • Līga Sproģe
    January 1, 1970
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    Karate chops and Bruce Lee thoughts combine to raise the adrenaline in this new YA thriller from April Henry. We view the situation from multiple POVs: the two girls (Savannah & Jenny), their mothers, the cute boy in Savannah's karate class, and Sir -- the lurking threat. Each Savannah chapter begins with an appropriate Bruce Lee quote like this one: "Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." What I most appreciated about this book was the cooperation betwee Karate chops and Bruce Lee thoughts combine to raise the adrenaline in this new YA thriller from April Henry. We view the situation from multiple POVs: the two girls (Savannah & Jenny), their mothers, the cute boy in Savannah's karate class, and Sir -- the lurking threat. Each Savannah chapter begins with an appropriate Bruce Lee quote like this one: "Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." What I most appreciated about this book was the cooperation between Savannah and Jenny as they worked together to escape captivity. Their struggle is not pretty. Can they overcome the obstacles that stand in their way? The rules keep changing and their resources are few. This is real self-defense in action. Will it be enough? I will be reading more April Henry books and recommending them to the teens at my library.Thank you to Henry Holt and Co. and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Girl in the White Van is exactly the kind of book I am always on the lookout for to add to our mystery/thriller YA collection. It is an engaging, quick read, with strong characters. Girl in the White Van is a thrilling book. Scary but hopefully, dark and gritty but full of empowerment and a sense of justice. Savannah is just waiting until she turns 18 and she can escape her mother’s toxic pattern of moving in with random guys. While she doesn’t love living with her mother’s latest boyfriend, she Girl in the White Van is exactly the kind of book I am always on the lookout for to add to our mystery/thriller YA collection. It is an engaging, quick read, with strong characters. Girl in the White Van is a thrilling book. Scary but hopefully, dark and gritty but full of empowerment and a sense of justice. Savannah is just waiting until she turns 18 and she can escape her mother’s toxic pattern of moving in with random guys. While she doesn’t love living with her mother’s latest boyfriend, she is enjoying living in Portland. She loves her Kung fu class and is just getting to know one of her classmates, Daniel. But on the way home from class, Savannah is grabbed by a man in a white van. Drugged, hurt and confused, Savannah wakes in an old trailer home. But she isn’t alone. Jenny was taken nine months ago.While the majority of the chapters are written from Savannah’s perspective, there are also chapters from Jenny, Daniel, Jenny and Savannah’s parents’ perspective and a variety of other side characters, including the suspects. The reader is given an insight into the person responsible, but the mystery of who they are remains and builds the tension.While there is a fair bit of fighting, injuries and violence and an overall sense of bad things, the story is clean from sexual content or coarse language, so I’ll be happy to promote this with readers ages 12 and up who are okay with violence, which is really hard to find in YA mystery thrillers. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Sandy O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    April Henry is one on my go-tos for murder mystery in my 8th grade classroom and this book definitely didn’t let me down. In fact, it might have been my favorite.Savannah is on her way home from king fu and is abducted. From trying to jump from a moving van to pushing Jenny, another abducted girl, to assert herself more, she is a fighter in every sense of the way.I also love that it is told into multiple POVs. From Savannah to her mom to the police detective to Sir who has abducted her. This boo April Henry is one on my go-tos for murder mystery in my 8th grade classroom and this book definitely didn’t let me down. In fact, it might have been my favorite.Savannah is on her way home from king fu and is abducted. From trying to jump from a moving van to pushing Jenny, another abducted girl, to assert herself more, she is a fighter in every sense of the way.I also love that it is told into multiple POVs. From Savannah to her mom to the police detective to Sir who has abducted her. This book is going to fly off my class library shelf. Thanks for the ARC MacMillian. 💙
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own.April Henry has done it again. She has turned out ANOTHER solid mystery/thriller story perfect for middle school and young adult readers. This is a fast-paced thriller that uses multiple perspectives and points of view to draw the reader in. Savannah is new to the area, having moved to Portland with her mom about 7 months ago so they could live with the mom's new Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own.April Henry has done it again. She has turned out ANOTHER solid mystery/thriller story perfect for middle school and young adult readers. This is a fast-paced thriller that uses multiple perspectives and points of view to draw the reader in. Savannah is new to the area, having moved to Portland with her mom about 7 months ago so they could live with the mom's new boyfriend, Tim. She met Tim on-line and the persona he told her about isn't exactly what they got. Now, all Savannah has is her Kung Fu classes and the hope of making a friend in class. When Tim gets into an argument with her before class and takes her phone away, she runs out. After class, she is taken, but everyone assumes she has just run away. The only other student in the Kung Fu class that is her age is Daniel and he doesn't think she ran away. He's determined to find out what happened to her. After Savannah is taken, Sir (her kidnapper) takes her to an abandoned RV in a junkyard. There she meets his first victim, Jenny. Savannah is determined to use her training and her skills to get them out of the RV, but Jenny knows what happens when you try to escape. She has the scars to prove it. Together they need to figure out if an attempt escape is worth it even if it fails. Highly recommend this one. This is a SOLID purchase for almost all middle school and young adult collections, especially if your students/readers are anything like those in my building. I can NOT keep April Henry books in stock and they are all very "well-loved" looking at the end of the year. Appropriate for grades 7 and up.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    I've read 6/9 of April's YA books and I've given all of them 1 or two stars.What can I say? I believe in second chances. Or sixth, it seems.
  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl in the White Van by April Henry is a young adult thriller! Once again April Henry’s book highlights a strong female protagonist. I love how April Henry’s characters are kick butts and take names. I think her books help other young females feel empowered. Savannah is a young girl determined to be resilient, to find her way and to make a life for herself. The problems seem overwhelming as she has moved again, her mother’s newest boyfriend is a jerk and she is afraid to make friends again. The Girl in the White Van by April Henry is a young adult thriller! Once again April Henry’s book highlights a strong female protagonist. I love how April Henry’s characters are kick butts and take names. I think her books help other young females feel empowered. Savannah is a young girl determined to be resilient, to find her way and to make a life for herself. The problems seem overwhelming as she has moved again, her mother’s newest boyfriend is a jerk and she is afraid to make friends again. Savannah loves her kung fu class and is kidnapped leaving class. Now she is trapped and doesn’t know where she is. Her mother is frantic and a boy in her class helps look for her, but she doesn’t know that. She only knows she has to leave and take Jenny with her!The Girl in the White Van by April Henry is a good read!
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  • Jenni
    January 1, 1970
    Another thriller from April Henry. This one focuses on a girl named Savannah, who is kidnapped after her kung fu class and taken away in a white van. How will she get away? And who is this man who wants her to call him "Sir"? We also meet Jenny, another girl who was kidnapped by Sir some ten months ago. A book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish. Just as good as Henry's other books.
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  • Finley
    January 1, 1970
    I received a physical copy of this novel through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.At its core, The Girl In The White Van is the story of Savannah Taylor, a teenage girl who is kidnapped one evening from the parking lot outside her kung-fu class. However, she is not the only one who this story is about. Just as in a real-life missing person's case, this novel is about all the people involved in her case as well, and the steps they take and emotions they undergo in the aftermath of her disappearance I received a physical copy of this novel through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.At its core, The Girl In The White Van is the story of Savannah Taylor, a teenage girl who is kidnapped one evening from the parking lot outside her kung-fu class. However, she is not the only one who this story is about. Just as in a real-life missing person's case, this novel is about all the people involved in her case as well, and the steps they take and emotions they undergo in the aftermath of her disappearance. It follows Savannah's mother, and the boyfriend who is under suspicion after it is found he has violence in his past. Is it about the policeman heading the search for her, and his son who goes to school with Savannah and refuses to sit still while the girl he has begun to fall in love with is unaccounted for. And, if is also about Jenny Dowd, a young woman who disappeared almost a year before Savannah, and has been surviving but barely living in an RV in a junkyard when the mysterious Sir brings home an unconscious Savannah and tasks his first victim with teaching his second how he expects them to behave. But Savannah will not behave, nor will she allow Jenny to continue sitting by and simply accepting her circumstance when neither of their continued survival is guaranteed. Using a mixture of her martial arts training and resourcefulness, and spurred on by the philosophies of Bruce Lee laid out in his biography, Savannah desperately searches for a way to get her and her new companion out into the world, or die trying.I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole novel. Henry builds an intriguing story, examining the effects of a missing person's case from every angle. And by setting Jenny's long-term case against Savannah's recent kidnapping, she allows readers to compare and contrast a mother only freshly torn apart by her daughter's disappearance with the scarred but still festering wound of a mother who has slowly begun to lose hope as every day makes her worst fears ever more likely, and does so without needing to drag out the story. Every character that Henry gives voice to is unique and well fleshed out, and each adds their own spice to the story. Each voice rang out in my head as they told their part of the story, and they weave together so flawlessly that I often found myself beginning a new chapter the moment I finished the last, the story flowing together like water in a clear riverbed.This is an incredibly good novel, and I cannot recommend it enough. As a young adult novel focusing on the victim of an abduction, this book would make an excellent resource to help young woman feel more confident in this scary world, and give them some idea of what they could do if, gods forbid, they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation themselves. It could easily be enjoyable, however, for both young and older adults of any gender, as the story pulls no punches with the realities of abduction, holding all the raw fear of those involved that Savannah or Jenny could be found dead at any moment, orf that Sir could do to them something that might make they wish he had simply killed them instead. If you are looking for a novel to show how anyone can be a hero for themselves or other, if only they refuse to give up on their own inner strength, or just want an exciting and suspenseful read, seriously consider picking up The Girl In The White Van. Just be warned: you may not be able to put it down until you have read the last page.
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  • Katie Steele
    January 1, 1970
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've recently realized I love the genre of thrillers. After reading several crime thrillers that blew me away, I decided to venture into the YA thriller genre with The Girl in the White Van. And while I wouldn't say I was disappointed, there was definitely a level of suspense that was lacking in this book. Overall, it wasn' Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've recently realized I love the genre of thrillers. After reading several crime thrillers that blew me away, I decided to venture into the YA thriller genre with The Girl in the White Van. And while I wouldn't say I was disappointed, there was definitely a level of suspense that was lacking in this book. Overall, it wasn't a bad read, and was a really quick one. But it wasn't a favorite for me, and lacked the substance I'd been hoping for.The story itself was okay. The plot begged for tension that I never felt, despite the fact that the main character was literally kidnapped. I think the writing was in part to blame here, but also the quick pace of the story. I would have thought fast-pacing would work well for this sort of book, but in this case it just led to a lack of build-up. Things happened so quickly that my brain didn't really get the chance to accept the situations as suspenseful. Paired with average writing, it left me wanting more.There were some really great moments though. I loved the bits about the girls learning self-defense techniques. And I wasn't expecting so many point-of-view shifts, which ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the book. The switching and unexpected POVs actually did more to serve the tension of the book than the story itself did. And I did really like the ending. I can't say that any part of it really surprised me, rather it was pretty much exactly what I expected from early on, but it was well executed and fun to read.The characters were interesting. Savannah was a decent main character, quick thinking and easy to root for. I enjoyed Jenny's part a lot more, she was intriguing and dynamic from the first moment she appeared on the page. I really didn't enjoy the love interest Daniel's chapters. I couldn't stand him or the ways he handled the investigation into Savannah's disappearance. Like, dude, tell your COP DAD anything you know! The other characters that got featured chapters were fun, adding a bit more personality to the story than I think it would have had if only Savannah and Jenny had been at the forefront.Would I recommend The Girl in the White Van? Eh, sure, why not. Don't go into it expecting thriller of the year and you'll be golden. It's short and easy to read, with enough substance to make it interesting. I'm not sure that I'll read more from the author, as I don't think this one was suited to my tastes, but I can see some fans of the genre enjoying it.For More Bookish Content: Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Bloglovin'
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read for me and it definitely grabbed me! Savanna and her mom have moved to Portland to live with her moms latest boyfriend. There have been a string of boyfriends her mom as met online, and they move each time to live with them until they break up and move again. Tim isn’t exactly what he described on his profile and she tries to avoid him the best she can. Finding a bright light in a Kung Fu class. It has helped her build her confidence. One night after a fight where Tim threa This was a quick read for me and it definitely grabbed me! Savanna and her mom have moved to Portland to live with her moms latest boyfriend. There have been a string of boyfriends her mom as met online, and they move each time to live with them until they break up and move again. Tim isn’t exactly what he described on his profile and she tries to avoid him the best she can. Finding a bright light in a Kung Fu class. It has helped her build her confidence. One night after a fight where Tim threatened to take Kung Fu away she runs out of the house leaving behind her phone. While her mom works the night shift she’s unable to pick her up. After a talk with a fellow student Daniel who she has a crush on she lies and says her moms picking her up, it’s dark and she’s distracted while walking home, she doesn’t notice the white van pulling up and the man get out. A man overpowers her and kidnaps her. After trying to jump out of the van she hurts her wrist and hits her head. When she doesn’t show up for school many just believe she just ran away! Waking up she’s in an RV and she’s not alone. Another girl Jenny whose been held captive for a year is there! A dog guards the door outside so they can’t escape. Jenny tells her that she needs to follow rules, you must call the man Sir, do not make eye contact and keep the RV clean. Knowing the only way they will survive is to escape Savanna starts to create a plan to escape with the help from Jenny and they hope it’s not to late! This was a page turner I could feel the girls fear and I was quickly turning pages I had to know what was going to happen!! Four and half stars!
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  • Kathy Meulen Ellison
    January 1, 1970
    April Henry has made a name for herself by writing short, creepy thrillers featuring strong and sarcastic, but still vulnerable young women who wind up in very dangerous situations and have to rescue themselves. Readers love them and I’m one of those readers. This new book does not disappoint in any way. Savannah Taylor has just moved to the Portland area with her mom and they have shacked up with mom’s new boyfriend, who is not the hero in shining armor that mom hoped he would be. Savannah is c April Henry has made a name for herself by writing short, creepy thrillers featuring strong and sarcastic, but still vulnerable young women who wind up in very dangerous situations and have to rescue themselves. Readers love them and I’m one of those readers. This new book does not disappoint in any way. Savannah Taylor has just moved to the Portland area with her mom and they have shacked up with mom’s new boyfriend, who is not the hero in shining armor that mom hoped he would be. Savannah is counting the days until she’s 18 and can start fending for herself. In the meantime, she’s keeping a low profile but has developed an absolute love for kung fu and Bruce Lee. Her low profile hasn’t kept her from being noticed by a predator in his white van. He takes her one day while she’s walking home from the gym. Initially everyone thinks that she’s run away after having an argument with her mom’s boyfriend. It’s only when people start digging further that they realize she’s been abducted. In true April Henry style, we are also following her story. We discover that she’s not the first girl taken by this man. April Henry gives the reader lots of points of view, including the abductor, which always makes my skin crawl, but it certainly makes the story really fascinating. The best parts, however, are when the resourceful main character starts to try to find ways to MacGuyver their way out of the situation. This particular book was made even more interesting by the apt Bruc Lee quotes at the front of each chapter.
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  • Amanda Harris
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve had my eye on this book for months, waiting for its publication date, and I was excited to be able to snag a NetGalley preview copy! have read almost all of April Henry’s books and was excited to host her for an author visit in my school library, but then our schools were closed the week she was supposed to come. Like her other quick-read YA thrillers, this one has good appeal for the reluctant reader crowd. Personally, I like to see more depth of character development in novels, and the pl I’ve had my eye on this book for months, waiting for its publication date, and I was excited to be able to snag a NetGalley preview copy! have read almost all of April Henry’s books and was excited to host her for an author visit in my school library, but then our schools were closed the week she was supposed to come. Like her other quick-read YA thrillers, this one has good appeal for the reluctant reader crowd. Personally, I like to see more depth of character development in novels, and the plot could use some more twists/turns/hangups if the target audience were adult readers, but that would require more pages, which then makes my reluctant teenage readers skip right past it. It’s excellent for its target audience as is. April Henry does a great job riding that line of sufficient detail vs too much detail, and she keeps her stories moving. I also appreciate the way April Henry addresses difficult subjects, like a teenage girl having to follow her mom to live with one new boyfriend after another, but she keeps the plot centrally focused. The strong female main characters demonstrate the value of persistence, even when it looks like you’re overpowered. I definitely recommend this for high school libraries!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Though not my favorite April Henry book, this one is fast-paced and action-packed. The story follows the abduction of teenager and kung-fu student Savannah, and she soon finds out she's not the first girl her abductor has taken. I enjoyed the dynamic between the abducted girls, and I loved that we got two watch not one but TWO young women be courageous and smart and ingenuitive in the face of danger. Their chapters are th Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Though not my favorite April Henry book, this one is fast-paced and action-packed. The story follows the abduction of teenager and kung-fu student Savannah, and she soon finds out she's not the first girl her abductor has taken. I enjoyed the dynamic between the abducted girls, and I loved that we got two watch not one but TWO young women be courageous and smart and ingenuitive in the face of danger. Their chapters are the best of the book, and not just because their abduction drives the story.Unfortunately the addition too many other perspectives (a boy Savannah likes, his policeman dad, Savannah's mother and stepfather, the abductor, Jenny's mom and dad, etc.) kept the characters from developing in a meaningful way. There is also a lot of buildup for a climax and resolution that take place in only a few pages with just a "wrap-up" chapter to explain everything away. While Henry's stories are super popular with many of my reluctant readers, sometimes there just isn't enough substance for this adult reader.
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  • Mrs. Kenyon
    January 1, 1970
    Savannah is not looking forward to returning home after kung fu class. She fought with her mother’s boyfriend and she knows she will need to grovel to get in his good graces. Her thoughts quickly change gears when she is attacked outside of her kung fu class and is kidnapped by a man driving a white van. When she finally wakes up from her head injury, she finds that she is not alone. Jenny was kidnapped 10 months earlier and has been tasked with getting Savannah trained properly. But this captor Savannah is not looking forward to returning home after kung fu class. She fought with her mother’s boyfriend and she knows she will need to grovel to get in his good graces. Her thoughts quickly change gears when she is attacked outside of her kung fu class and is kidnapped by a man driving a white van. When she finally wakes up from her head injury, she finds that she is not alone. Jenny was kidnapped 10 months earlier and has been tasked with getting Savannah trained properly. But this captor does not know what he has grabbed. Savannah may only be an orange belt, but she has the heart of Bruce Lee and plans to get both of them out alive … if she can.The Girl in the White Van is a stand-alone young adult mystery that reads short, yet not so sweet. Henry has crafted a story that gets quickly into the turmoil and brings readers into the mystery without wasting a lot of pages. Although I felt like the story could have used more details, the fact that it was barely over 200 pages means that readers can easily sit down and read it in one sitting. Once again, Henry has written a young adult thriller that will be easily consumed by boys and girls alike.
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  • Jennifer Hill
    January 1, 1970
    INTENSE!Savannah is fairly new in town, her mom moves them around a lot based on the current boyfriend she has. As she leaves for kung fu class her mom's boyfriend argues with her and takes her cell phone and she runs out the door. After class she leaves and Daniel offers to walk her home, but she tells him her mom is in the parking lot to drive her home (which is not true). As she reaches the parking lot she is grabbed and she tries to fight him off, but he tasers her and she is knocked unconsc INTENSE!Savannah is fairly new in town, her mom moves them around a lot based on the current boyfriend she has. As she leaves for kung fu class her mom's boyfriend argues with her and takes her cell phone and she runs out the door. After class she leaves and Daniel offers to walk her home, but she tells him her mom is in the parking lot to drive her home (which is not true). As she reaches the parking lot she is grabbed and she tries to fight him off, but he tasers her and she is knocked unconscious. As she awakens in the back of a van she determines to escape and opens the door and jumps out in the process breaking her arm and getting a concussion. She is delivered to an RV where another girl, Jenny, who has been missing 10 months is. Savannah's fighting spirit makes her want to escape with Jenny, but at what cost will it be for her and Jenny?My kind of book. Keeps you reading and wondering what will happen next. The book is told in multiple viewpoints, but not hard to keep up with.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley.April Henry is skilled at writing teen thrillers. The mood is believable as are the characters. This was a quick read with enough suspense to keep me turning (er...swiping) the pages quickly so I could finish it in one sitting. I loved the headers for each chapter, quotes from Bruce Lee. The main character, a tough girl taking Kung-Fu lessons, drew moral as well as physical inspirations from the life of the master. The Girl in I received this book as an e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley.April Henry is skilled at writing teen thrillers. The mood is believable as are the characters. This was a quick read with enough suspense to keep me turning (er...swiping) the pages quickly so I could finish it in one sitting. I loved the headers for each chapter, quotes from Bruce Lee. The main character, a tough girl taking Kung-Fu lessons, drew moral as well as physical inspirations from the life of the master. The Girl in the White Van is a tense read but not a full-on nail-biter so a good choice for those who like to avoid the detailed violence of others. My only real complaint about the book is that the end wrapped up really quickly. And certain parts of the story seemed rather glossed over that I personally would have liked to know more about. Overall a little more back story to all the characters would have been welcome and add a little more depth to the book. I have read a few books by April Henry and have liked them all well enough to keep reading her works.
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  • Jennifer Hottinger
    January 1, 1970
    Savannah bites her tongue and has self control beyond her years, as she deals with her mom’s boyfriend, who had me fuming. Perhaps her calm comes from her Kung Fu studies or her Bruce Lee readings offering deep thought. Kung fu practice ends and she spends time with the gorgeous senior, Daniel, who has caught her eye, but she cannot get close to anyone, so she must forget that he seems to like her and she likes him. Savannah ventures home after practice, but while deep in thought someone grabs h Savannah bites her tongue and has self control beyond her years, as she deals with her mom’s boyfriend, who had me fuming. Perhaps her calm comes from her Kung Fu studies or her Bruce Lee readings offering deep thought. Kung fu practice ends and she spends time with the gorgeous senior, Daniel, who has caught her eye, but she cannot get close to anyone, so she must forget that he seems to like her and she likes him. Savannah ventures home after practice, but while deep in thought someone grabs her! Will her Kung Fu practice and Bruce Lee advice aid her against this attack?April Henry has done it again! This book pulls you in, raises your heart rate, finds you determined for Savannah and Jenny, and takes you into captivity but also sweet freedom. Together-Savannah and Jenny are kick butt strong young ladies. Defeat is not in their vocabulary! Highly recommend!! Preordering today!
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  • Kamrin
    January 1, 1970
    April Henry's latest book, The Girl in the White Van, keeps up with her usual suspense. Savannah is a nomad, but not by choice. Every time her mom meets another guy online, it means another city and another school for Savannah. Her personal rule is to not make plans or friends. Savannah actually likes Portland though, and the cute guy in Kung Fu class doesn't hurt. But one night, after a fight with her mom's boyfriend, Savannah's luck in Portland runs out. Told from multiple perspectives, this s April Henry's latest book, The Girl in the White Van, keeps up with her usual suspense. Savannah is a nomad, but not by choice. Every time her mom meets another guy online, it means another city and another school for Savannah. Her personal rule is to not make plans or friends. Savannah actually likes Portland though, and the cute guy in Kung Fu class doesn't hurt. But one night, after a fight with her mom's boyfriend, Savannah's luck in Portland runs out. Told from multiple perspectives, this story keeps you on your toes to the very last page!When I met April Henry several years ago, she told a story about how she just learned Kung Fu and how it would feel to have your hands duct taped together. While reading this, I was excited that our conversation turned into this book! April Henry doesn't half-do her research. She goes all in, and that's why her stories always have my heart racing and pages turning!#TheGirlintheWhiteVan #NetGalley
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A suspenseful, quick read. Savannah is a quick, resourceful teenage girl studying kung fu and looks up to Bruce Lee. She moves around a lot because of her mother's boyfriends. An argument with Tim, her mother's boyfriend ends up with him taking her phone and her being vulnerable to the stalker who grabs her. She attempts to escape several times, wakes up in an RV, with a broken wrist and a concussion. There's another girl there who has been missing 10 months. Savannah and Jenny plot to escape th A suspenseful, quick read. Savannah is a quick, resourceful teenage girl studying kung fu and looks up to Bruce Lee. She moves around a lot because of her mother's boyfriends. An argument with Tim, her mother's boyfriend ends up with him taking her phone and her being vulnerable to the stalker who grabs her. She attempts to escape several times, wakes up in an RV, with a broken wrist and a concussion. There's another girl there who has been missing 10 months. Savannah and Jenny plot to escape the incel who has taken them and force them to call him Sir. All the while, Savannah's new friend Daniel and his cop dad are trying to find her. I like that the girls manage to rescue themselves. I just feel frustrated that for what's basically a novella was priced at $10. I would recommend getting this from a library rather than spending so much on a 224 pg book. I understand the author doesn't set prices but this was not a full length novel.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Girl in the White VanAuthor: April HenryFormat: ebookQuick Take: Kidnapped after an argument with her stepfather that causes everyone to assume she has run away, a kung fu student is held captive in a remote trailer home and struggles to free herself and a fellow prisoner who was nearly killed for attempting escape.Thoughts: Another good read from the talented April Henry. I enjoyed this book, as I usually love Henry's mysteries because there are quick and to the point; no dragging pl Title: The Girl in the White VanAuthor: April HenryFormat: ebookQuick Take: Kidnapped after an argument with her stepfather that causes everyone to assume she has run away, a kung fu student is held captive in a remote trailer home and struggles to free herself and a fellow prisoner who was nearly killed for attempting escape.Thoughts: Another good read from the talented April Henry. I enjoyed this book, as I usually love Henry's mysteries because there are quick and to the point; no dragging plotlines that could have been wrapped in less than 300 pages. It was light and easy to read. I love how this book had multiple POV, such as the kidnapper and even the moms and the suspect. It brings the story more alive. I love how in this book the mystery person could be anyone. I recommend this book and her other books if you are looking for a quick mystery you can read in one sitting.Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Savannah heard about the cars following girls in her school. But she didn't pay any notice. Now she's fighting for her life against Sir.April Henry writes fast paced, short thrillers with multiple viewpoints for teens. I've read a couple of her others and enjoyed them. The multiple viewpoints lets us see more of the story than we would otherwise, and the short chapters make it feel like you're getting through it very quickly.There are a couple of times when people seem to know things they should Savannah heard about the cars following girls in her school. But she didn't pay any notice. Now she's fighting for her life against Sir.April Henry writes fast paced, short thrillers with multiple viewpoints for teens. I've read a couple of her others and enjoyed them. The multiple viewpoints lets us see more of the story than we would otherwise, and the short chapters make it feel like you're getting through it very quickly.There are a couple of times when people seem to know things they shouldn't; most notably, Savannah's narration refers to Sir well before she's told to call him that. Otherwise, though, it's a cleverly written, taut thriller, with several places where I was turning pages as quickly as I could to find out what was going to happen.It's a great read and I'll be recommending it.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Savannah is kidnapped after Kung Fu class taken to a trailer that houses Jenny, a girl take nearly a year ago. Together they must fight to escape, before Sir, their abductor, kills them.THE GIRL IN THE WHITE VAN is a typical action packed April Henry novel. A lot happens in a short amount of time in this fast paced story. Told from multiple points of view, some from minor characters, I didn’t have a real feel for the complexity of anyone beyond a stereotypical sketch.My only issue with the story Savannah is kidnapped after Kung Fu class taken to a trailer that houses Jenny, a girl take nearly a year ago. Together they must fight to escape, before Sir, their abductor, kills them.THE GIRL IN THE WHITE VAN is a typical action packed April Henry novel. A lot happens in a short amount of time in this fast paced story. Told from multiple points of view, some from minor characters, I didn’t have a real feel for the complexity of anyone beyond a stereotypical sketch.My only issue with the story was Rex, the viscous dog, who Savannah and Jenny must fight. I don’t like to read hurting of any animals, especially not pages and pages of fighting back (spoiler alert: the dog isn’t seriously harmed, but still). This angle felt unnecessary.All in all, THE GIRL IN THE WHITE VAN is a quick, satisfying read.
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  • Thindbooks
    January 1, 1970
    *This book was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*Savannah is the main character who arrives in Portland and has no friends yet because she is always moving. She learns Kung Fu and meets a boy named Daniel. She later gets kidnapped by Sir and sees that there is another girl there before her named Jenny. Jenny and Savannah try to find a way out but would they make it?April Henry has done it again. I have really enjoyed this book. It was light and super easy to read. I *This book was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*Savannah is the main character who arrives in Portland and has no friends yet because she is always moving. She learns Kung Fu and meets a boy named Daniel. She later gets kidnapped by Sir and sees that there is another girl there before her named Jenny. Jenny and Savannah try to find a way out but would they make it?April Henry has done it again. I have really enjoyed this book. It was light and super easy to read. I have always loved April Henry's mystery books because they are fast and get on to the point. Her writing is really good and one of my favorites for mystery novels. I love how this book had multiple points of views not like the kidnapper and the moms. It just helps bring the story more alive and tells the readers what they are also thinking instead of just giving us the main character's pov. I love how in these books the mystery person could be anyone. I totally recommend this book and also her other books from the past if you haven't read those.
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  • Belle Ellrich
    January 1, 1970
    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC AS A PART OF FIERCE READS' BLOGGER PROGRAM. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*I was really excited to read this book. It's been a while since I've read a thriller, and I'd heard a lot of good things. But three chapters into it, I realized quite a few things that made even my brain shudder.The writing in this book is *very* choppy. Every other sentence was starting to pull at my nerves, and it felt like I was gnawing on hope at that point. This book is very obviously *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC AS A PART OF FIERCE READS' BLOGGER PROGRAM. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*I was really excited to read this book. It's been a while since I've read a thriller, and I'd heard a lot of good things. But three chapters into it, I realized quite a few things that made even my brain shudder.The writing in this book is *very* choppy. Every other sentence was starting to pull at my nerves, and it felt like I was gnawing on hope at that point. This book is very obviously targeted toward the younger teen crowd, especially with its fanfiction-style writing style. That bothered me to no end.I hope that, if I am to read any more of April Henry's books in the future, they're not written in the same way this one was.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Savannah is used to moving around, following her mother's trail of bad boyfriends. But after living in one place for 7 months, she's finally starting to feel a little at home. She still isn't really comfortable making friends, but she makes money babysitting and has found a home in a local kung fu studio. When she is kidnapped in the parking lot after practice one night, Savannah knows she must fight for her life. What she doesn't know is that she'll need to fight for someone else's life too.Apr Savannah is used to moving around, following her mother's trail of bad boyfriends. But after living in one place for 7 months, she's finally starting to feel a little at home. She still isn't really comfortable making friends, but she makes money babysitting and has found a home in a local kung fu studio. When she is kidnapped in the parking lot after practice one night, Savannah knows she must fight for her life. What she doesn't know is that she'll need to fight for someone else's life too.April Henry doesn't disappoint in yet another missing girl thriller. Students will love the fast-paced mystery, and the varying perspectives and short chapters make this a sure hit for reluctant readers.I read an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Terina Atkins
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl in the White Van by April Henry—Calling all April Henry fans! Here is her newest thriller and in my opinion...this is the best yet! Savannah and her mom’s greaseball boyfriend don’t get along. After a huge fight, Savannah suddenly disappears and her mom’s boyfriend is the number one suspect. Told from several different point of views, we see Savannah being taken and held captive by a man she is supposed to call“Sir”, but she hasn’t seen his face. Even worse, there’s another girl, a girl The Girl in the White Van by April Henry—Calling all April Henry fans! Here is her newest thriller and in my opinion...this is the best yet! Savannah and her mom’s greaseball boyfriend don’t get along. After a huge fight, Savannah suddenly disappears and her mom’s boyfriend is the number one suspect. Told from several different point of views, we see Savannah being taken and held captive by a man she is supposed to call“Sir”, but she hasn’t seen his face. Even worse, there’s another girl, a girl who has been missing for months. Their escape seems impossible, but Savannah is a fighter. She is determined to get out of this alive, but Sir has other plans. April Henry fans will not be disappointed. Comes out July28, 2020 #TheGirlintheWhiteVan #AprilHenry #NetGalley
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Really good fast paced thriller. In this Goodreads giveaway, Savannah a teen with a codependent mom, who has a penchant for being drawn into bad relationships, ends up missing from home, when her mom's boyfriend is held as a suspect. In the meantime, Savannah along with Jenny another girl who has been missing for nearly a year, are being held in a locked trailer guarded by a vicious junkyard dog . Both girls wounded from their attempted escapes, are determined to get away from their evil abducto Really good fast paced thriller. In this Goodreads giveaway, Savannah a teen with a codependent mom, who has a penchant for being drawn into bad relationships, ends up missing from home, when her mom's boyfriend is held as a suspect. In the meantime, Savannah along with Jenny another girl who has been missing for nearly a year, are being held in a locked trailer guarded by a vicious junkyard dog . Both girls wounded from their attempted escapes, are determined to get away from their evil abductor and use whatever resorces they can find along with Savannah's Kung Fu training . This is a short read but keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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  • Jennifer Margeson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars - I loved it! The Girl in the White Van is a fast paced thriller I finished in two sittings. The protagonists were typical teens student readers can relate to and the setting could be "anywhere." Kung Fu and Bruce Lee lessons were prominently featured throughout the novel - I would share this book with students interested in martial arts and those who like thriller/mysteries (like me). It ended just a little too quickly for me, maybe another chapter or couple pages with details about h 4.5 stars - I loved it! The Girl in the White Van is a fast paced thriller I finished in two sittings. The protagonists were typical teens student readers can relate to and the setting could be "anywhere." Kung Fu and Bruce Lee lessons were prominently featured throughout the novel - I would share this book with students interested in martial arts and those who like thriller/mysteries (like me). It ended just a little too quickly for me, maybe another chapter or couple pages with details about how all the relationships begin to play out. SO good! Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to preview #TheGirlintheWhiteVan by #AprilHenry. I can't wait to get a paper copy for my classroom!
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  • shalawilput
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a free DRC in exchange for an honest review.I think most readers would agree that there are those authors that you read because you know that they are a sure thing. April Henry is one you can trust to deliver. Much like her last installment (Run, Hide, Fight Back) this is a pulse pounding, action thriller. After her mother finds another boyfriend, Savannah Taylor finds herself living in yet another town in a different state. Al Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a free DRC in exchange for an honest review.I think most readers would agree that there are those authors that you read because you know that they are a sure thing. April Henry is one you can trust to deliver. Much like her last installment (Run, Hide, Fight Back) this is a pulse pounding, action thriller. After her mother finds another boyfriend, Savannah Taylor finds herself living in yet another town in a different state. Although she has been through this with her mother many times before and she hates her mother’s boyfriend, Tim. This new place offers something that Savannah never had before. A place of solace. She practices Kung Fu at a local martial arts dojo. She has never had anything that has been so important to her. There’s not much she wouldn’t do to continue to train. However, when she and her mother’s boyfriend get into a heated argument he threatens to take away what she loves the most. Disobeying Tim, she runs out the door to go to class. After Kung Fu class Savannah had to figure out how to make it up to Tim so could return.The last thing on her mind was being kidnapped on her walk home. All those lessons on how to protect herself were about to be tested. With the philosophy of Bruce Lee and her determination to live, Savannah teaches us all how important it is to never stop fighting. Personally, I loved the addition of Bruce Lee’s philosophies into the story. But I am also a bit biased because I am a Bruce Lee fan. Regardless, this a great addition to a young adult mystery collection and I highly recommend it.
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