Book Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher


Title: Stolen

Author: Lucy Christopher

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: May 4, 2009

Number of Pages: 299

Publisher: Chicken House

Genre: YA Contemporary


The captivating, disturbing, and heartbreakingly beautiful thriller from award-winning and critically acclaimed author, Lucy Christopher.

A girl: Gemma, 16, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation.

A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice.

She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what’s happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. To sand and heat. To emptiness and isolation. To nowhere. And expects her to love him.

Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, Stolen is Gemma’s desperate story of survival; of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare–or die trying to fight it.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐

In this novel we follow a teenage girl who has been kept in captive in the middle of nowhere. Told in the way of a letter to her captor, Ty, she narrates her day by day experience of trying to escape from this madman. But when she came to the realization that there’s no way out of this place, she eventually got to know her captor and started to develop feelings for him.

This book has been on my TBR for a long time and maybe if I read it back when I was still a young adult, I would have enjoyed it and appreciated it more. My reading experience with this book was underwhelming. I did not enjoy it at all and found it a bit dragging. Like, nothing was happening for the first couple of pages and I read for more than a week given that the book is very short. I just didn’t look forward to the story and I couldn’t connect with the characters.

I would still recommend this if you’re a fan of YA contemporary because I see that a lot of people loved this book. Maybe it just didn’t work out for me than I thought it would.


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