Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Released on: May 1, 2010
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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. (from Scholastic)
This was such a difficult read that just had my emotions all confused and my stomach in a knot. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I did. A WHOLE lot. But it was just the crazy feelings that it brought out in me, the things that I kept thinking that wanted to happen, but I know they shouldn’t, it was crazy!!! And Lucy Christopher does an absolutely amazing job messing with your head in this one.
This book really freaked me out. While Gemma is writing to her kidnapper she’s telling the story about everything that happened while she was kidnapped, her thoughts and her feelings while she was with him during that time and the how and why he picked her specifically to kidnap her long before he actually did it. It was crazy stalkerish and creepy, it brought goose bumps on my arms while I was reading and it was just plain terrifying. It made me think that you never really notice people around you or if there’s someone there that could be taking a crazy interest on you just from meeting you once. So yeah, it made me a bit paranoid.
We also get to really know Ty, very deeply, and just like Gemma my thoughts and feelings for him got jumbled and changed quite a bit. This is where the writer messes with your mind, are you experiencing Stockholm syndrome or are you really feeling something deeper for this person? You don’t know and you don’t want to, at least I didn’t because he’s a kidnapper, he’s the bad guy in the book, but is he? Ty, wasn’t evil, he definitely had issues, but he was so complex, way different than I expected and I was able to relate to Gemma’s feelings by the end. Now this is not a fast paced story so don’t expect lots of action or romance, but it was really captivating. I enjoyed it thoroughly and loved the vivid descriptions of the Australian desert, Lucy Christopher created a whole new character of it, so colorful and alive, it made me want to be there. Now by the end I was torn between feeling heartbroken or relieved. I definitely wanted there to be more. It was something like I’ve never read before and even though it’s a scary topic to read about I do not at all regret getting sucked into it at all. I highly recommend it if you want something different, a story that will mess with your head and emotions that’s is bold and beautifully written.