Monday, April 21, 2014

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Normally, I wouldn't even give this book a second look- especially since I usually buy free kindle books or books that are in the series I'm reading. But, this book was one I saw mentioned on Tumblr on Problemsofabookerd page. A follower mentioned it to her, and I was curious. And, I'm glad I was.

Stolen is about a girl, Gemma, who is 'stolen' from the airport by a beautiful man. She is enfatuated with him at the airport which only proves to be her downfall. He steals her into the night and takes her away from her life in London. The think I liked about this book is that it wasn't focused on abuse, rape or any of the other horrific things that may happen when a young girl of 16 is kidnapped. It focuses on how the guy, Ty, just wants her to be with him (as crazy as it seems) and how he tries to get her to the beauty of the desert they are in. The vast Australian desert that is their new 'home'. Gemma tries repeadtly to escape but she's in the middle of nowhere and she soon realizes it's futile. Eventually, she succumbs and tries to get along. You can feel the attraction between the two as you read, even from the very beginning. She fights it. With all her power.
One of the things that is really awesome about this book is the way it is written. The story is told from Gemma's point of view, as a letter she is writing to Ty as he awaits trial. She's writing it because the shrinks around her think she has Stockholm Syndrome- which reading it you get the sense that she might have a touch of it due to her feelings before everything goes wrong.
I will say, that Ty is not bad per say. Obviously, he's a tad crazy and he kidnapped her but you get this feeling there's a genuine love he has for Gemma. He really cares for her and thinks that her being there with him is 'saving' her from her life that she hated. Her parents, from what she writes aren't all that great but once she is returned you get the sense they aren't as bad as they appear- I mean it is a 16 yr old girl talking about her parents.
In the end, Gemma is returned (I won't tell you the reason outright, you need to read this book- Lucy Christopher is a great writer). And Ty turns himself in- to save her.
Please read it- borrow it from your library, buy the Kindle book for $3...whatever you want...just give it a try. Don't let the whole 'a young girl is kidnapped' keep you from enjoying a very well written book.

5 out of 5 stars.
I read this book in about 4.5-5 hours (that was with a toddler interrupting too).