Stolen by Lucy Christopher
I actually read Stolen by Lucy Christopher (2010) last month, and I couldn't quite get my mind around what I wanted to write in the blog posting because the ending bothers me. Usually, if I don't like an ending, I don't care for the book, no matter how much the earlier portions may have appealed. In this case, it isn't so much dislike for the ending as wanting something different.
Gemma is a sixteen-year-old drugged and abducted from Bangkok Airport while on a stopover for a trip with her parents to Vietnam. Her abductor, Ty, is a stalker, obsessed with the unaware Gemma for six years, who takes her to the isolated Australian Outback. (Yes, it bothers me that he first became interested in her when she was ten.)
Written as a journal or really long letter from Gemma to Ty, we go through the full range of emotions along with Gemma--terror, the need to survive and escape, and a form of pity and almost identification with Ty. For Ty isn't entirely incorrect in thinking that he's saving Gemma from a life in which she doesn't really fit--and that the two are more alike than they are different.
The book is almost G-rated in certain ways, despite being about a stalker kidnapping. Ty wants Gemma to love him, which is entirely different than taking someone for sexual/rape/domination purposes.
While still not being completely satisfied with the ending, I certainly enjoyed the view of Gemma.
I'd be really interested to hear the thoughts of anyone else who has read the book.
My overall personal rating of Stolen is a B+.