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Stolen by Lucy Christopher Review

Stolen is about a girl named, Gemma, who gets kidnapped from the airport by Ty. He takes her away from everything and everyone she knows to a make shift house, surrounded by sand, middle of nowhere. Throughout the book, Gemma’s emotion shift, as she begins to show signs of Stockholm syndrome towards the end of the book. The story is written as a letter from Gemma to her kidnapper, Ty.

I have conflicting feelings on this book, because I liked the new perspective on writing, but I also found myself becoming bored with the storyline most of the time. It was interesting to read a book written in second person perspective; I hadn’t ever read something in this form of writing. But, towards the end, I thought the writing changed a bit weird. It isn’t very clear that Gemma is actually writing a letter to Ty in the beginning of the novel, but in the end, Gemma goes between writing about writing to Ty and writing about the events that occurred (which is how most of the book is written). For the storyline itself, I thought it had many lulls. When I first started reading it, I was more interested, but then I put it down for a little bit, and found myself not having any urge to pick it up again. There is only so much you can do when there are only two characters with practically no surroundings.

I think Stolen is not a very good book. The only thing it had going for it was that it had a fresh take on writing, but it lacked tremendously in storyline. It had much more potential than it lived up to. I would rate Stolen by Lucy Christopher a 2 out of 5 stars.


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