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Stolen

Stolen


Stolen

ratings:
4/5 (114 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Dec 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781449838409
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on a layover at Bangkok Airport, headed to Vietnam with her parents. When she steps away for a moment, she encounters the slightly older and oddly familiar Ty. Charmed by this extremely handsome young man, Gemma allows him to pay for her coffee, which he secretly drugs.

Her head swirling in confusion, Gemma is whisked away to Ty’s remote house in the unforgiving Australian Outback. She soon learns that Ty has been obsessed with her for years, and he believes she will learn to love him, too. But Gemma is no easy target. Clever and brave, she plots her escape—even as her feelings toward her captor grow more sympathetic.

This stunning debut novel from Australian author Lucy Christopher generated considerable buzz for its nonstop suspense and breathtaking imagery. The subtleties of Gemma’s fluctuating emotions are skillfully portrayed through Emily Gray’s narration.
Released:
Dec 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781449838409
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Lucy Christopher is the award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods, and Storm-Wake. She is the Course Director in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, where she has a PhD in Creative Writing.



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114 ratings / 93 Reviews
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  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    It was one of the most beautiful, sweetest, saddest books I have ever read. I just did not want it to be over. Writing the story in the form of a letter is not really easy but Lucy Christopher has done it so well that I could almost feel Gemma's conflicting emotions within me. I wanted to kick Ty in the nuts as well as hug him and tell him everything will be all right at the same time.

    All the characters were developed so wonderfully. Gemma was shown to develop from a desperate captive to a girl resigned to her situation to how she started falling for Ty in the process.. it did not feel weird or forced. And Ty was a world onto himself. As a stalker he should have been plain creepy, and he was plenty that too but his vulnerable side too was shown so beautifully I could not help but feel sad for him. He wanted love and he never thought it would be wrong to steal Gemma to get it. The camel, Dick, the hens, even the snakes- the way the animals were used to show Gemma's frame of mind was amazing. Some part of me even wanted Ty and Gemma to end up together, no matter how sick that would be.

    The book made me cry, it made me smile. It made me hug it and try to think of Ty, of Gemma, of her parents... of how in the end the camel was still left unnamed. I wanted Ty and Gemma to live happily ever after; I wanted Ty to be punished severely for the fucked up ways of his mind. But in the end I knew there would be no better ending for the book than what Christopher has written and that is what makes it even more beautiful.

    A book everyone should read at least once.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (3/5)
    I read this book last year, so I am struggling with details. I remember it being a bit slow in places but by the end, like Gemma, my feelings for Ty were confused. On one hand I really felt sorry for the life he has had to lead and at times he seems very vulnerable, but on the other I was angry at what he did. The letter format for this book was a great idea of Lucy Christopher's because Gemma's thoughts and feelings are always there for the reader to understand.
  • (5/5)
    Cleverly crafted and totally believable!

    Sixteen year old, Gemma Toombs is at Bangkok airport with her parents when she goes off on her own for a drink an hour before their flight to Vietnam. In the cafe she bumps into Ty, a good looking boy who is older than herself. He's so easy to talk to and seems interested in her Gemma can't help but feel drawn to him and stop for a chat. Before she knows it she's telling him all about herself, but there was no need. He already knows everything about her. She never makes it to Vietnam.

    When she awakens, Gemma discovers she's been drugged, snatched from the airport and taken to a remote location in the Australian Outback by none other than the friendly Ty. He planned the whole thing for ages because they were "meant to be together." Given enough time he's positive Gemma will understand that. And in a way she did. As the hours turned into days, then months, they both experienced some wonderful sights, made his place more like home, and even captured a camel which they kept as a pet for a while. Yet, not once did one thought leave the back of her mind. Home. When she gets her chance to escape she takes it, but when out in the middle of the desert, with no neighbours, no running streams and absolutely no experience at fending for herself under these conditions, she is destined to fail. Ironic really, with all that space around her, there is actually no where to run.

    This is a seriously shocking, clever piece of writing that moved me no end. Here we have a young, innocent girl, taken from everything she knows by a boy she trusted, or at least never dreamed would be planning anything. We learn how his smooth talking and gentle ways slowly draw her into his world, in which she begins to feel something known as the Stockholm Syndrome - in short, sympathy for her captor. And it's not surprising. Ty has been through a very emotional time, and he doesn't mean her any physical harm, so one can see how easily it would be to fall for his ways. However, being out in the middle of nowhere on your own for too long, and being a mixed bag of emotions can take its toll, and make him dangerous and more unstable than perhaps he appears to be.

    When something near fatal happens and Ty is forced to take Gemma to a camp because her survival depends on him giving her up it is heartbreaking. On one hand you want him to give her back, but on the other hand, you see her side of the story and understand her confusion. If she leaves him now, which she has to, he'll be in big trouble and she knows she'll never see him again. That's the last thing she wants. He's not a mon ster in the true sense of the word, even though he did a terrible thing taking her. When her life is literally in his hands the final test of his love for her is really pushed to the limits. Should he let her go, or make her stay?

    I loved the ending and thought it was cleverly crafted and totally believable. Normally a book written in second person, documented as one long letter can be off-putting, but in this instance it made me feel so connected to Gemma that not only could this be a true story it made me feel it could easily be me in her place - I felt that involved! Author Lucy Christopher has also put a lot of research into getting the setting, and all the creatures that shared her protagonist's world just right. Stolen is a scary, thought provoking and utterly fascinating read!
  • (4/5)
    Very interesting read. This will be for my book club next month, so we will see what they think of it.
  • (4/5)
    Really good. Good review huh?
  • (3/5)
    I liked this book, but it didn't blow me away. It was worth reading and I passed it along to a friend however I don't feel like I'll want to reread and there weren't any surprises.