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Held

In Edeet Ravel's young adult novel, a girl develops a unique relationship with her kidnapper.

Edeet Ravel

What happens when the source of your worst fears becomes the object of your affection? Seventeen-year-old Chloe's summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is suddenly bound, gagged and whisked away to an unidentified location. Waking up from a drug-induced sleep, she finds herself in a squalid warehouse. After several days of total isolation and utter despair, Chloe faces a new threat when her kidnapper appears, but she also feels a sense of relief. His revelation that she is being held as ransom for a prisoner exchange, however, does little to allay her fears. At least her kidnapper, although cold and distant, visits frequently, often bringing gifts. Before long, Chloe begins to have feelings for him that take her by surprise. Though still fearing for her safety, she now fantasizes about a life together. Even when she is finally released, Chloe vows to protect her captor at any cost. (From Annick Press)

Held is for readers ages 15 and up.

From the book

"Someone once told me a joke," he said. "I'd like to be a pacifist, but people keep getting in the way. I made a decision to fight for my friend in prison. It was a deliberate decision. It isn't the only way — it's just something I decided."


From Held by Edeet Ravel ©2011. Published by Annick Press.