A girl: Gemma, sixteen, 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.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a realistic novel written in the form of a letter to a man who abducted a teenage girl. He approached her at the airport coffee shop and thought she had recognized him from somewhere. He had followed her around for her whole life. He drugged her at a coffee shop and brought her to a far away, unknown land. He never acts rude or unkind to her, and makes her feel welcome, making her intrigued by his artwork that he keeps in a large shed. They start to share a special bond with each other, leaving her wondering if she wants to be rescued.
Stolen was written in a way that was somewhat predictable, but in a way that made me want to keep reading to see if my predictions were right. It was very interesting reading about the way Ty, the abductor, treated Gemma. I felt like I was always wondering how Ty would act and react to certain things, and then either be surprised or prepared for his actions. The author made Ty a very intriguing and mysterious, but gentle character. I felt like the author created him very well because it made me really think about how I felt about Ty the more i read. In a way i wanted to dislike him for abducting a girl my age, but the way he treated her was so welcoming and kind, making him seem friendly and appealing. I was conflicted when I thought about if he were to get caught if he should be locked up forever, or if Gemma should defend him. It was very alluring to keep up with what Gemma was thinking throughout her stay with Ty. The way she somehow admired Ty was very thought provoking. It made me wonder how she could come to enjoy the company of some stranger who ripped her away from her home and family. When she describes the good times she had with Ty, its very compelling to see how their relationship changed and grew throughout the novel. Over all Stolen is a very gripping and exciting novel to read.
reviewed by M.C. Grade 10 Scona Student