My rating: 📚📚📚📚
Wow, this book was insane! It is definitely a twist on the traditional kidnapping story. Stolen, by Lucy Christopher, is a letter from 16 year old Gemma to her kidnapper Ty. While you think it will be a straightforward account, soon you see the many different facets of the story surfacing.
First of all, you know going in that this is a coming from a highly subjective and biased viewpoint. Gemma is a) a teenager, so very emotional and b) kidnapped, hello. So any letter from her is going to be very much her take on the events. Despite that, the book does a great job of showing Ty’s motivations and thoughts as well.
Ty kidnaps Gemma from a Bangkok airport and absconds with her to the middle of nowhere Australia. From there, until the muddled conclusion, you just try to hold on and follow what is happening. Ty is stubborn, volatile at times, and yet cheerful. He is secure in his belief that kidnapping Gemma was the right thing to do, and that she just needs to adjust and she will realize how much better her life is now. Gemma is equally sure that she disagrees.
As the story proceeds, you find out more and more about Ty’s background and life. Everything you learn casts him in a slightly different light, and you start to become more and more sympathetic to him.
The quote on the cover is by Maggie Stiefvater, and it describes the book as “Complicated and beautiful”. I thought this was a fantastic way to sum up the story. There are so many different pieces, yet it all comes together very cohesively. I loved how the lines of right and wrong were blurred slightly, and how you began to connect with and understand Ty more as the story continued.
A moving book that is very different from any I’ve read before. Definitely would recommend. See below for my thoughts on the ending.
The ending was unclear and a bit abrupt, but I loved it. As I learned about Ty, his history of abuse from his parents, how he was abandoned and had to make it on his own, I really started to feel bad for him. How would his life had ended up if he had a stable, loving upbringing? Would he still be kidnapping girls in airports? Probably not. He was never shown love, but in the end, he sacrifices his freedom to bring Gemma in for medical attention. Gemma’s decision to speak the whole truth at the trial, and to bring to light all of the good Ty did for her as well as the bad, was brave, unselfish, and showed love and compassion despite Ty’s misdeeds.