Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty—rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar—pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. Stolen is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare—or die trying to fight it.
There is only word that could be used to describe this book, and that is WOW. I read a random review of this and went out to buy because of the interesting, controversial topic. And honestly, I can see why this book is controversial. It's written as a letter to Ty, from Gemma, the 16-year-old he's been obsessed with for years. He's much older and she slowly realizes he's been there a lot of her life. He kidnaps her and takes her to Australia, hundreds of miles from any sort of civilization, and tells her he won't ever let her go. Why am I summarizing so much? Probably because this book was so heavy, emotionally, that I don't even like thinking about the weight of it.  Honestly, I think this novel should be in the adult section, because only a select few of my friends could handle it, I'm sure. The main subject is Stockholm syndrome, and as much as Gemma and you (the reader) fight it, you definitely develop a case of it. I fell in love with Ty, and as ridiculous as it sounds, I hated the ending. Okay, so tiny, mini spoiler, even thought it's easy to predict: the ending was a given from page one. The sentimental, emotional tone makes it obvious things don't end up the way most readers wish it would. And it really couldn't have ended any other way. But still, I cried through the last twenty pages. Christopher is an amazing author. The first/second person perspectives were amazing for two reasons: !. The use of I (first person) made you feel like you were Gemma; 2. The use of you (second person) made you feel like you were Ty. Maybe I'm getting overly excited about a book that I've heard called overdramatic, unfeeling, and unrealistic, but this is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I will say one negative thing though: this book will only appeal to a certain audience; the average teen reader probably won't like it, and might even feel disturbed by it (I did a little bit, but in a good way). 
5 (billion) stars, and a recommendation to readers into controversial subjects.


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