I first brought STOLEN back in March 2010. Since then, I have re-read it so many times, my copy is now dog eared and the spine permanently bent. To this day, STOLEN is among my favorite books I have ever read.
What is it about?
Gemma is a normal sixteen year old girl. She lives in London with her parents, and we join her as she waits in Bangkok airport. Here, everything will change.
Here, she meets Ty. With his enchanting baby blue eyes and nervous glances, she is drawn in.
How could she have known who he really was? A kidnapper, stealing her away from everything she knows, taking her to 'sand and heat, dirt and danger'*. Someone who will make her question everything she has ever known in her life, someone so wild and yet so human. Someone who doesn't believe he has stolen her from anything; a man who expects her to love him for it.
Thoughts and Opinions
The whole book is written as a letter from Gemma to Ty. There couldn't be a better way for it to be presented. By reading it like this, it captures every emotion and thought perfectly, as she tells Ty exactly what she experienced and how it felt. It doesn't shy away from her moments of feeling terrified - it doesn't shy away from her conflicting feelings either.
On the surface, perhaps STOLEN is a good book. You'll cry at moments, and be scared for Gemma at times and the ending will leave you breathless.
But here is why I think STOLEN is a great book. Like I've said, I have read this book time and time again. I'm not usually big on reading books more that two or three times, they tend to get old; predictable. But this is the thing - STOLEN doesn't . Every time, there's a little bit I didn't notice before. A little word that means a thousand more; an action that means one thing the first time you read it, and a completely different thing the next. Symmetry starts to appear, different words start to carry the weight of the sentence.
The more I read it, the more this book captures me in its spell and refuses to let me go.
Beautifully written and uniquely wonderful ; this story that will carry you away into the dessert, and leave you there for quite a while after.
About the Author
Lucy Christopher has written one other Novel called, FLYAWAY. She is currently working on her third book.
You can follow her on Twitter at : @LucyCAuthor
Visit her website here: http://www.lucychristopher.com/
Or order a copy of Stolen here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stolen-Lucy-Christopher/dp/1906427135/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1336684495&sr=8-3
* The indicated quote is taken directly from the blurb of STOLEN.