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Stolen

Author:  Lucy Christopher
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You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you'd wanted it for a long time.

It happened like this.

I was stolen from an airport.

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Mar 16,2016
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'Stolen' by Lucy Christoper 

Lucy Christopher’s ‘Stolen’ captured my attention immediately. Even before starting the novel, the cover intrigued me. The eerie, vacant, black background and the word ‘stolen’ indicated that the novel would have a dark and horrific storyline; however the gold butterfly and the subtext, ‘a letter to my capturer’, suggested that there may be something beautiful, delicate and magical about the abduction. 

 The novel commences at Heathrow airport where Gem, the protagonist and narrator, is about to fly to Vietnam with her parents. However a mysterious man suddenly takes her. Ty, with his piercing blue eyes and handsome exterior, lures Gem into conversation and eventually drugs and kidnaps her. When Gem awakes she finds herself in an isolated desert in northern Australia. 

‘Stolen’ cleverly explores the notion of Stockholm syndrome. As a reader, I was continuously torn between disgust and hatred for Ty and empathy and understanding. Each page compelled me to read on to find out whether Gem was going to be murdered, escape or succumb to Ty’s allure. My favourite aspect of the novel is that it is written by Gem in the form of a letter to Ty, her abductor. The first line of the book, “I couldn’t see you”, continued to haunt me throughout my reading of the novel as I continuously thought back to the idea of Ty stealthily watching Gem for so many years.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It was disturbing, heart wrenching and fascinating all at once. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves suspense, mystery and is interested in unravelling the motives behind kidnappers.

Mar 27,2014
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Book Review

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

 

Stolen is a unique and eye-opening young adult fiction novel written by English author Lucy Christopher. Some of the awards that it won include the Branford Bose Award, Printz Honour Award, and the Gold Inky. The book is set in the Great Sandy Desert in Outback Australia. It is set in the present day and it tells the story of 16-year old Gemma and her stalker/acquaintance, Ty.

The story unfolds when Gemma does not want to go on holidays with her family. She goes for a walk around the Bangkok Airport and stops in a newsagency where she notices Ty. She then goes to buy a cup of coffee, but does not have the right currency. Ty offers to pay for the coffee, and they sit down together for a brief chat over it. The conversation eventually gets deeper and more personal and slowly progresses and unfolds further until Ty kidnaps Gemma, drugging her with 'chocolate', disguising her with a new outfit and a wig and whisking her away to the Australian Outback. After that Gemma's life is turned upside down, full of new places and uncomfortable settings. The book is written in letter form, conveying powerful messages firsthand to the reader from Gemma's perspective. The way the writer has composed the book makes the reader feel like they are in Australia with Gemma and Ty, and they are living every moment of Gemma's fear and terror-filled ordeal. The descriptive language and the explanation of the surroundings makes the reader really feel like they are part of the landscape, and that they can experience all of Gemma's thoughts and feelings.

In this novel, Lucy Christopher really makes us question our sense of security, in particular during the flashback sections, where Gemma reflects on her past without Ty and with her family. This book is certainly not for young children due to the language and length, therefore it is aimed at anolder audience who can understand the disturbing but odd scenarios which will definitely make you shift in your seat.

Mar 27,2014
2

Book Review

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

 

Stolen is a unique and eye-opening young adult fiction novel written by English author Lucy Christopher. Some of the awards that it won include the Branford Bose Award, Printz Honour Award, and the Gold Inky. The book is set in the Great Sandy Desert in Outback Australia. It is set in the present day and it tells the story of 16-year old Gemma and her stalker/acquaintance, Ty.

The story unfolds when Gemma does not want to go on holidays with her family. She goes for a walk around the Bangkok Airport and stops in a newsagency where she notices Ty. She then goes to buy a cup of coffee, but does not have the right currency. Ty offers to pay for the coffee, and they sit down together for a brief chat over it. The conversation eventually gets deeper and more personal and slowly progresses and unfolds further until Ty kidnaps Gemma, drugging her with 'chocolate', disguising her with a new outfit and a wig and whisking her away to the Australian Outback. After that Gemma's life is turned upside down, full of new places and uncomfortable settings. The book is written in letter form, conveying powerful messages firsthand to the reader from Gemma's perspective. The way the writer has composed the book makes the reader feel like they are in Australia with Gemma and Ty, and they are living every moment of Gemma's fear and terror-filled ordeal. The descriptive language and the explanation of the surroundings makes the reader really feel like they are part of the landscape, and that they can experience all of Gemma's thoughts and feelings.

In this novel, Lucy Christopher really makes us question our sense of security, in particular during the flashback sections, where Gemma reflects on her past without Ty and with her family. This book is certainly not for young children due to the language and length, therefore it is aimed at anolder audience who can understand the disturbing but odd scenarios which will definitely make you shift in your seat.

Dec 11,2013
4

Stolen is one of my favourite books. I found it difficult to put it down I ended up finishing it at about 12 in the morning. Its about a girl who is kidnapped at an airport and the book is written from her view. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes being held at the edge of there seat and if you like mystey.

Nov 16,2013
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I recently read this book when it was brought to my attention at school. The start of the book got my attention she was stolen from Bangkok airport and nobody saw anything how was that possible couldn’t anyone tell she was drugged. It then became a little boring because the writer was trying to express a long period of time. It fell into a routine she would get up and he would be watching her and then she would trust him more and a new routine started. When Gemma tries to escape she has to cross a desert and she starts hallucinating. Many times through the book I thought a mental illness would be reviled as the answer as to why he stole her. At times i wanted her to stay with him, not to be found they would live together and she would learn to love him as he did her. The whole book is a huge learning experience for Gemma. She thinks she isn’t being missed at home by her family. She learns about Australian animals and plants, and how different people express their emotions, in this case through painting. It is a good book but you need to have patience to read it.

Jun 14,2012
5

This book I read years go. It really captivated me, and it shows how not all kidnappers are evil and want you for your money, but it also shows that there are good reasons behind it too, and the kidnapping of the 16 year old heroine changed her life in a better way.

The scenes of it were very beautifully pictured in my mind, of how the young kidnapper's love for painting and the Australian desert. He shows her how not everything is as it seems to be.

I highly recommend it, even for those who don't like romance.

 

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