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June Book Club – Stolen

After an amazing May book club, we decided to GET BACK ON TRACK 😉 That meaning that we stop trying to find the cheapest and shortest book and just look for books that we might enjoy, without limiting ourselves. For a good couple months (prob close to a year) we went on a lull mainly because of pregnancy and birth of our children (Jess P. and mine). Lets just say those book choices STUNK, some were cute and most very “foo foo” and fluffy, which, don’t get me wrong I enjoy that, but we NEEDED more!

That being said, this was our first month since our kids have been born, without any restrictions. We chose Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

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Goodreads: 3.94 stars

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

 

Book Club:  3 out of 5 stars and the beautiful POSSIBLE SPOILERS review written by our very own Jess P. (thanks Jess!)

3 out of 5 stars

Some authors have a way of taking an incredible plot concept and turning it into a masterpiece. As an example, a previous book club choice- Everlost by Neal Shusterman- certainly proved master storytellers do exist.
For Lucy Christopher, this wasn’t quite the case. Stolen: A Letter to my Captor takes us into 16-year-old Gemma’s head as she reflects on her time as a hostage of mysterious yet dangerous, Ty who whisks her into the Australian outback without a trace. In this letter, we learn of the moments leading up to the kidnapping and all the little episodes that peppered her month living in a makeshift home out in the middle of nowhere.
Curious, no? I certainly felt so- I was driven to find out why Gemma was writing Ty in the first place especially since that suggested she escaped him somehow. And so, we read her twisted tale of connecting with the land and struggling to escape her captor. Slowly, the author pulls back layer upon layer of disarming Ty and the more human he becomes in Gemma’s eyes, the more confusing the situation is.
The real unfortunate bit of this story was the almost-convenient ending of the story. A sudden yet potentially fatal twist of fate has Ty bringing Gemma back into civilization and facing the consequences of his choices. Overall, we felt the author cut the story too soon and would have been intrigued to see how Gemma and Ty’s relationship would have transformed, the longer they were isolated. With that said, we agreed it was 3 stars and were satisfied that book club returned to its more lively literary discussions.

Well now you have heard it…will you read this, have you already?!?! Let us know what you think 🙂

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