“Stained” by Cheryl Rainfield is an astonishing yet dark book based on the experience of being abducted Rainfield had gone through, just like the main character in the book.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows wants nothing but to be an average teenager-despite the fact that she has a port wine stain splattered across half her face. Because of her birthmark, she gets many unwanted stares and gets bullied by peers quite regularly.
One day, on her way home from school, she is abducted but not by any random person – but by someone very close to her family. She is held captive with the very minimum to eat and abused both physically and mentally. She thinks she will stay here forever, especially since no one will ever suspect this person to abduct her.
Sarah knows her will to live is up to her, and that she must fight hard and try to escape. This spectacular book has you asking many questions like, “will Sarah make it out?”, “how long will Sarah be kidnapped?”, and many more.
The book is in both Sarah and her friend’s Nick point of views – one to show how Sarah is coping, and the other to show how everyone else is. Personally, I liked the fact that you could see what was happening in the outside world and how Sarah’s parents were dealing with her abduction along with what Sarah was doing, which doesn’t always happen in books like this very often.
This book is a must read for every young adult, that will definitely keep them up all night reading the book! -Khadeeja F.