Sunday, July 7, 2013

Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorStolen: A Letter to My Captor

by Lucy Christopher

Published May 4th 2009 by Chicken House Ltd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor




There are so many 5 star ratings for Stolen that I'm almost hesitant to write my less than enthusiastic response. The writing was lovely, the characters were dimensional, but I did not connect with them emotionally like this book seemed to require in order to fully enjoy this. The one thing that definitely comes across in Stolen is the emptiness and the hopelessness that Gemma was feeling. It was easy to understand how confused she must have been, yearning for human contact yet not being able to fully trust that he wouldn't cut her into pieces and feed her to his camel. The camel, by the way, was my favorite character in Stolen. I did like that the kidnapper was not shown as some tyrannical monster but that the reader was able to somehow sympathize with his motivations even while knowing his actions were unforgivable.

Mostly I just thought that it would be horrible to be kidnapped to such a barren landscape with no books, internet, or anything to distract from the kidnapper who keeps weeping at me. The kidnapper's emotional vulnerability was a bit much and annoyed me almost as much as the slow pace of the story. I was partly offended on Gemma's behalf and partly amused when she would try to escape and Ty (weepy kidnapper) would sigh in boredom and act like "Really Gemma? Again? Can you leave a good trail this time for when I have to rescue you....again." And he would just let her go without much protest knowing she wasn't getting anywhere.

I will say that Gemma was not completely docile, nor did she quietly come to terms with her fate. The Stockholm Syndrome aspect of Stolen was definitely well done and quite believable. I can see why so many people loved this story and I wish I could have liked it more. Ultimately, it was like the barren landscape it described, it's beauty was only visible to those who were meant to be there. As I said though, I really did like that camel!!

Rating 3 of 5 Stars


Lectus said...

I liked Stolen but I didn't give it 5 stars either :-)

I found Ty's explanation of his action kind of weak. For some reason, I expect kidnappers to be total psychopaths. After I read the book I had to travel, and I was kind of wondering "what if a stranger wants to befriend me? Ha, he'll have a nasty surprise because I'm not Gemma!" I did connect with Gemma and why she became an easy prey. When cute guys looked at me, I used to be all willing to talk and all. What if one of them had turned out to be a serial killer? Thank god I am now older and... less pretty :-)


Donna @ The Happy Booker said...

Yeah, I'm no Gemma either, he would definitely have more than he bargained for! But still, it would be AWFUL to be stuck out in a desert with a dead kidnapper! I'm sure you're not less pretty, but we do make less reckless decisions as we get older. I don't know if I fully considered the dangerous situations I put myself in when I was a teenager either.

Carina Olsen said...

lol, amazing review :) I won't read this book, because of awful ending. Sobs. But I do think it sounds pretty amazing, even though you mention a few annoying things :) Glad you managed to mostly enjoy it, though ;p Thank you for your honest review. <3
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