Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher


Published: Chicken House Ltd (May 4, 2009)
Pages: 301
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: I purchased this book

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.
My Thoughts: Stolen is a book that I've wanted to read for awhile. Call me a weirdo, but I love reading books about difficult subjects. Never have I ever read about Stockholm Syndrome. Nor did I know much about Stockholm Syndrome, except that it's one of my favorite Muse songs. I knew this book would be special though. Angsty, even. I don't know if you guys know this about me, but I love me some angst.

Well, I got it.

This book is beautiful. The way that the author paints a crystal frickin' clear picture of this desert wasteland is indicative that she packs a serious amount of literary talent. But who am I to judge? See for yourself. And it's eerie how a man who is described as so beautiful and tender becomes this violent and unstable villain. Is it terrible that I still didn't hate him? Is it?! Even after all he's put Gemma through? Stole her away from her family and her life and made her his own little not-quite-but-pretty-much prisoner? I STILL LOVED TY. I am conflicted about this.

I completely understood Gemma's frustration. The way she went back and forth between feeling for Ty and wanting to rip his head off is exactly what I was going through in my head. I love it when I find and author who submerges me so deeply into the story that I BECOME that character. What happens to her, happens to me. Her memories become my memories. THIS IS THAT BOOK.

Two weeks later, as I write this review, I am still reeling from the absolute heartbreak of that ending. I am so angry about it, but I feel a sense of resolution. I never wanted this book to end, but I had to. And it ended the way it had to. I literally chuckled to myself when I read reviews of how others claimed to have Stockholm Syndrome after reading Stolen. I am no longer laughing.

Also, there's a scene with a camel that smashed my heart under a semi over and over and over.

I want--no, NEED--more gut-wrenching melodrama and difficult subjects from this author.

9 comments:

  1. Fantastic review! I understand not hating the bad guy, I've had that happen to me before in previous books. I'm planning on reading this during the summer for the AWR challenge.

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  2. I keep hearing such good things about this book -- and I do like these types of books. This has been on my list for a while -- but I'm moving it up!

    Thanks!

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  3. Great review, I also gave this 5 stars. It was such a complex and heartbreaking read.

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  4. UGH, I LOVE this book! Excellent review of it! I wrote one myself that was music themed... and haha, Muse is amazing xD.

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  5. Jen. You have sold this book to me in a way that no one else could. Your emotional connection to this book sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing this review.

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  6. I keep seeing this in the library but have never picked it up. Maybe I should.

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  7. I've heard nothing but love for this book. Hooray for heart-smashing and gut-wrenching melodrama that puts you in a character's shoes in the best way possible. That's how I felt about The Knife of Never Letting Go. I was exhausted after reading it last night! AND THERE ARE TWO MORE BOOKS. GAHHH.

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  8. I just recently read (and reviewed) this one and Oh My Goodness. I'm still reeling from this book, because it completely challenged my perceptions of the world. Great review of an absolutely amazing book.

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  9. Awesome review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/12/stolen-by-lucy-christopher.html

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

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