Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher #bookreview #YA #contemporary

Title: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Author: Lucy Christopher

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Page Count: 306

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

A stunning debut novel with an intriguing literary hook: written in part as a letter from a victim to her abductor. Sensitive, sharp, captivating!

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.A stunning debut novel with an intriguing literary hook: written in part as a letter from a victim to her abductor. Sensitive, sharp, captivating!

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.

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Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher is a young adult contemporary novel. This one is, as the subtitle alludes to, written in the form of one long letter. Sixteen year old Gemma is basically telling her entire kidnapping experience afterwards and as one might guess the story is one that deals with Stockholm Syndrome, or the development of feelings for one’s captor.

Gemma had been traveling with her parents when they had a stop in the Bangkok Airport. Of course as with most sixteen year olds Gemma wanted a few minutes off on her own so she asks to go get a coffee, what could possibly happen right? Well, as Gemma is in line for the coffee Ty makes his move and the older “cute” guy of course catches her attention. This leads to Gemma being drugged and smuggled out of Bangkok to a remote area in Australia.

As dark as the subject matter of a young girl being drugged and kidnapped may be the story in here is actually a rather clean one, no worries about steamy content. Of course we start off with a scared and determined to get away Gemma but as it goes on her feelings change. This was actually quite compelling to read and even as a reader I began to feel sorry for Ty making Gemma’s feelings all the more realistic. I wouldn’t call this a romance though, it’s still very much what it was in someone being held hostage but it’s a good fictional look at how Stockholm Syndrome could come about.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen and Flyaway, was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, living in Melbourne from the age of nine until she completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. After various attempts at being an actor, a coffee maker, a waitress and a nature guide, she moved back to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. Lucy took on part-time work as a university lecturer at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate and the MA creative writing courses, and is currently undertaking a PhD to explore the ways that Australian literature represents wild places, particularly in its writing for young adults. Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part of this PhD.

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