Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher


From Goodreads: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character. 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.

There are so many adjectives I can use to describe this book, adjectives from a wide spectrum. A plethora of adjectives if you will. Haunting, hopeful, terrifying, mind-numbing, painful, sad, destructive, life-giving. I could go on and on. I have no coherent way to explain to you why you should read this book but I am about to try. World building isn’t really something talked about in contemporary fiction, but Christopher has created a world so jaw dropping in it’s minute detail that I could almost feel the red sand of the Outback.

The characters are amazing, Gemma and Ty. We are able to watch Gemma grow from being paralyzed with terror to recovery in figuring out her feelings for Ty. Was he so bad? Did he mean what he did? Why did he do it? Ty has problems, but if it wasn’t for the fact he had ‘stolen’ Gemma I could have loved him so completely. I guess this is what Gemma goes through as well. He is smart, he is handy, he is Australian (hello double points on accent), he does seem to care for her enough to let her go if he could bring himself to let her go.

We go back to the creepy guy watching me thing, he watched her for a long time before he decided to take her but was it creepy watching or was he saving her little by little, and day by day.

I want you to know this story means something in YA literature, the author is an amazing writer and I swear to you I have Stockholm’s just from reading it! We all know how critical I am, we all know I am never gushy. Hey you! This is me gushing! If you ever read one book because I told you to let it be this one. You will not be sorry or disappointed. This book swiftly moved up onto my top books of my life that I have read and that I will try to make everyone else read it and buy it as presents list. (Yes I like extremely long list names.)

If you have read it tell me! If you haven’t do it! If you like Laurie Halse Anderson or Beth Kephart you will love Lucy Christopher.

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23 Responses so far

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    I’m going to put it on hold at the library right now. :)

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    YAY! Please let me know how you liked it.

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    I was wishing some more insight on Ty. He just wasn’t as dimensional as I liked.

    But overall, Stolen was a good book.

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    I thought of Ty as a major side character, the book is a letter to him so the only insight we can gain is what he told or did to Gemma. I do think it was just enough but again I am always wanting more :D

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    Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I recently picked it up from the library.

    Have you ever read Elizabeth Scott’s Living Dead Girl? Something about Stolent reminds me of that, maybe the kidnapping part. But LDG is pretty dark and there’s definitely no Stockholm syndrome! But you might want to give it a go!

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    Mollie, I haven’t read it but I do want to read Elizabeth Scott so maybe that is a good one to start with!

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    World building! Yeeeessss! Okay, that’s how excited I get over a well-crafted, believable, intriguing, and authentic world in my SFF books. :) SwapTree wish list gets another book added.

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    “I have no coherent way to explain to you why you should read this book but I am about to try.” – That’s exactly how I felt about it at the end. I wanted everyone to read this book, but why was it so good? How? That bit got me tongue-tied. I couldn’t explain simply why it was brilliant, it was probably more to do with the effect it had on you, like someone had just punched you in the stomach and you’re left trying to get your breath back, or being told that all you know, everything, is a lie. Mentally and emotionally scarring you for life (in a good way).

    I love it when I pick up a book thinking they will be good, only to find out in the end it was more than good, the book was amazing! I tried to tell my friend why it was so amazing, tried to explain to her why she should read it. I think I took roughly an hour to explain, not giving away any spoilers, and it wasn’t easy. By the end of it she was probably as confused about it as she had been at the start :S

    I loved how it was written, but more than that I loved the creation of this story, it’s characters and every emotion that came pouring out of those pages :)

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    I love gushing! This book sounds fabulous!

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    I am a teacher who teaches girls Gemma;s age. I could almost live through the book. It is so compelling. The author gave it the right ending. There isn’t any other way.

    Here is my review of Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

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    Hello! I’ve just recently finished Stolen and was searching it, trying to find another book perhaps similar that I could dive into, and I just HAD to comment on this!

    I absolutely loved it. Adored it. Crave to go back in time and read it again! Everything you said I agree with and I just can’t get the book out of my head. I fell in love with the characters and, without spoiling anything for those who haven’t read it yet, I’m not quite sure how to deal with how it ended! I felt a mixture of acceptance, but intense sadness as well… I don’t know.

    All I know is that I absolutely LOVED this book and was extremely excited to find someone else who did too! :D

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    i am reading this book now.. my guts are twisting inside and for some reason i love it! i was reading this book at stop lights on the way to work this morning (a little overboard i know). i am so sad that it is almost over with only 50 or so pages to go! i feel that i will NEVER read a book this great again and i havent even gotten to the end yet!
    PS i think i have developed stockholm’s syndrome also. i want to go and live off of the land somewhere and paint my body…. =)

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    I loved this book so much. It was not what I expected at all. I am a very emotional girl, and when I finished the book I cried a little too much. I couldn’t get it out of my head. When I eventually stopped crying and felt a little better, I grabbed the book… I re read the bit where they’re lying in the sand together watching the stars and… I cry again. Sending Ty to prison makes my heart break. But he kidnapped Gemma. Oh god, I can’t get it out of my mind.

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    I just have to say it’s an amazing book. When I read it (from the library) I finished with tears in my eyes and with this raw, choking need to know that Ty would be alright, treated with care, and returned to Gemma. After I returned this book I had bought myself a copy because I know I will never tire from reading it over and over again, no matter how much I age. Please read it.

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    I just started to read the book. It was recommended to me by one of my students and I am having a hard time getting into the book. I think it is how it is written. I think all of the reviews are helpful so when I read it tonight, I think knowing that it is from her to him reaccounting the story it might help!

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    i loved reading this book i thought it was and still is extreemly amazing big ups to lucy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ty is just nice abit freeky but nice

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    i read this book …. best book everrr and if you like this type of book read A heart divided by kathleen morgan .

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    Stolen is a compelling, intriguing and courageous novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Stolen is the story of sixteen year old Gemma, who is taken- stolen if you like- from an airport by an unsuspicious boy and taken to the most unknown part of Australia. No one- no one at all- knows that she is there, nobody even knows where to look for here, she’s completely alone at the hands of that boy, Ty.

    The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to him- the one who stole her- the one who took her away. It reflects on those intriguing and thought- provoking months in the outback with him. Months when the lines between love and hurt, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist- almost.

    The first line of Stolen is ‘I saw you before you saw me.’ Those first seven words could describe the idea of “Stolen”- and they do. Those simple and basic words.
    Although, this is written by Gemma, it applies to both of the characters. In a sense- she did indeed see him before he saw her. But then we learn and we then know that really he saw her first.

    As the novel develops and we learn that, not only had Ty been planning this for years, Gemma has always been the one he would steal and take away, and that, for me, is what makes Stolen so unsettling. There’s nothing remarkable about Gemma, she’s really just an English girl who came from a simple English town.

    Stolen is indeed tense from beginning to end, but Christopher doesn’t gloss over the more intriguing aspects of the story; instead she writes them so delicately that it’s very difficult not to feel some kind of empathy towards Ty.

    Both characters are absolutely compelling; Ty, in particular, is brilliantly written. He had taken and stolen Gemma away from everything that she knew, and so by all rights we should be unable to stand him but its so hard to as we learn more about him. And as the novel grows, and so does Gemma by the closing words, I had really bonded with her.

    Setting is clearly one of Christopher’s skills as a writer because Stolen is an amazing book with such compelling descriptions. As I was reading I kept thinking over and over again how well I seemed to know this place- how much I could imagine every corner- every place that Gemma’s eyes saw.

    With Stolen I promise you that what’s inside the book is just as stunning and compelling as what’s on the outside. There’s no denying it- the cover absolutely captures Gemma’s words and thoughts- a compelling character trapped in such an hard situation. I found the whole premise completely intriguing and I was drawn from not only page one- but the very first sentence.

    I cannot recommend Stolen enough.

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    This novel is really wonderful. I got to know about Sandy desert. Ty and Gemma are really nice .This is a wonderful book to make u cry but I think Lucy should have put a happy end wherein Ty and Gemma start living together.

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    This novel is really wonderful. I got to know about Sandy desert. Ty and Gemma are reThanks for sharing the informative post.ally nice .

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