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Stolen is a YA contemporary fiction novel by Lucy Christopher.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma was having an argument with her parents at the airport.

When she saw him she couldn’t help but think he was attractive – but too old for her.

But then he stepped up and paid for her drink. A drink that he drugs.

And then before she’s fully conscious again, she’s been stolen.

Gemma is in the middle of nowhere with a guy that wants her to love him.

This is her letter to him. Her story of a desperate fight for survival…

Okay, I was blown away by the lyrical elegance of Lucy Christopher’s Flyaway (which I’m pretty sure will make my Stand-Out Books of 2012 list, read my review here). This is definitely a different book.

Stolen is disturbing, striking, and an up-and-close personal view of an abduction. It, at times, is searing, riveting, and magnetic – especially in the moments of a tear-inducing wild camel (which I won’t give too many details about).

Yet, I felt that Stolen had a more detailed, detached convoluted narrative than I thought necessary – sometimes I had to skim my eyes over it, because it was just a little too many words for not enough reason. I love a poetic style, but Stolen wasn’t really coming across like that to me, except occasionally. Lucy Christopher clearly knows how to break your heart (the aforementioned camel), but she didn’t do it on everything… I didn’t feel that attached to the characters. By the end, I did care – just not as much as I could have. Does that make sense? I’m sure my fellow bibliophiles will know what I’m talking about, right?

There is an undeniable charge to the emotions in Stolen, though. It’s complicated and mixed up in a way that confused even my perception of how you feel about the captor. But, really, I wasn’t sure what to think. I wasn’t as impressed as I expected to be, but I also thought it was a decent book that will find a lot of fans!

So, check it out for yourself! It just didn’t do much for me…


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