Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a fast paced story that takes you on a emotional ride as you read about the tough subject of being kidnapped. Although it is a fiction the emotions Lucy manages to invoke in the reader,through the main character Gemma and her wordplay, is astounding. Her writing style makes you feel bad for Ty even though he kidnapped Gemma you start to understand his reasons and you truly believe that he did it because he cared for her. Even through its great plot and story line no story is without its faults and weakness. Though there are moments when the book is fast paced and action packed (namely in the beginning) the majority of the book narrative wise is dry and slow paced. I distinctly remember reading about Gemma talking about stars for at least three or four pages. However, weighing its pros and cons I still think this book deserves a fair 7 out of 10. Though the narrative is slow at points it adds to the uniqueness of the plot and story. Lucy's development of her characters, yes even the camels, was really well written and one of the strong points of the story. All in all I would recommend this book.
“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher is a realistic fiction story that is told in the point-of-view of Gemma, a sixteen year-old girl who has been kidnapped from an airport by an older man named Ty.
Gemma is taken to a secluded desert deep in Australia where no one will ever think to search for her. She’s forced to adapt to Ty’s ways of living, dreading about every second of it. She loathes Ty, pushing him away from her whenever she can.
Ty continues to try to get close to Gemma, putting forth effort to have conversations with her and trying to make her as comfortable as possible. He wants her to enjoy their new life in the desert where they are close to the natural earth and live in peace. She doesn’t open up to him as much as he’d like.
As time goes on, Gemma starts to notice the real person in Ty rather than the evil captor that he seems to be. She’s more interested in his emotions and thoughts. Her perspective of her situation seems to change when Gemma develops strange feelings toward Ty. Maybe being stolen isn’t so bad after all..
In my opinion, “Stolen” is a very interesting story that shows how love can unearth in the even the worst of situations. However, I feel that the author could have elaborated more on Gemma’s feelings. They could have been more descriptive when it comes to Gemma’s unwanted attraction toward Ty. Excluding this, the story is well-developed and very emotional. I give this story a ⅗.
"Stolen" by Lucy Christopher is a book that will make you scared, nervous, happy, and sad. The journey that you go through with Gemma feels real and raw. The story begins with 16-year-old Gemma en route with her family to Vietnam when she is drugged and kidnapped from a Bangkok airport.Her captor's name is Ty. Ty takes Gemma to the outback part of Australia to protect her only for Gemma to wake up extremely angry and confused. Gemma wants nothing to do with Ty, all she wants is to get away from him and to go home. Ty has risked everything for Gemma and the time that they spend in the isolated part of Australia may just change Gemma's feelings about Ty and her capture.
Ty is an outcast who never really had anyone. He is use to being on his own and believes that the outside word is corrupt. He believes the natural word away from the city is the least hurtful and more pure than the city.Ty's puts value on the aesthetic parts of the natural world. Gemma on the other hand is a city girl from England. She has a social life and two adults in her life to call parents. Gemma has a hard time adjusting to this isolated piece of Australia because she is not use to the space and quiet that accompanies nature.
Gemma goes through a period of not living only existing. As soon as she begins to talk and interact with Ty again, she slowly starts to open up to him.She hates herself sometimes for seeing the good in him and quickly reminds herself that he kidnapped her. However, Gemma begins to like the place she is in and begins to crave spending time with Ty. Unfortunately, a snake bite ends the fairytale and soon reality comes crashing down on both the characters and the reader.
"Stolen" really fascinated me. I am Gemma's age and constantly thought about what I would do in her situation. I absolutely love how Christopher got me so deeply invested into the story that by the end my mind was still trying to figure out what was going on in their fictional world. This book is definitely gets a five star rating from me and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have their mind- blown.
“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher, also the author of Flyaway, will have you on edge of your seat, filled with suspense and sympathy. This book has won the 2010 British Branford Boase and the 2010 Australian Gold Inky. This book, rated young-adult fiction, is meant for interest young adults and up, whose purpose may include awareness about kidnappings. The title, Stolen, pretty much explains the whole plot, since the main character was stolen away from the world she knew. It grabs the attention of a reader, who wonders what or who was stolen. The preface and introductions reveal two images: one of a butterfly, and one of a snake. The snake really ruins the story, because it obviously means a snake has to be in the plot.
The story is a letter from the perspective of Gemma, a British teenager on vacation to Vietnam. There, she strays away from her parents to buy a drink. Ty, a mysterious but familiar man, pays for her drink, and drugs it. A dazed Gemma is later taken from Bangkok Airport, from plane to plane, to the Sandy Desert, in Australia. Gemma is desperate to escape, but being taken to nowhere in nowhere proves difficult. Ty seems to be cold and ruthless, but his motive is later revealed; he has spied on Gemma since she was ten, eventually falling for her. And he expects her to do the same.
“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher is a book that explores the idea of stockholm syndrome, the syndrome where captives develop emotional feelings for their captors and vice versa, and it’s formation. The book begins with 16 year old Gemma being kidnapped from the airport by Ty, an older, deeply tanned man who has been obsessed with her for years. At first, Gemma considers the ordeal to be horrific, and refuses to even leave the room that Ty has left her in, even though she is allowed to come out. However, as the book progresses Gemma eventually begins to talk to Ty and learns more and more about his misfortunate past. As she learns more about his past and his feelings, she begins to develop romantic feelings for her captive. Even though her feelings repulses her at first, as time progresses she begins to acknowledge her feelings for Ty and starts to see his actions in a different light. What happens next is expected because of the fact that snakes are of a motif in the book, and due to this, the ending was expected as well. Unfortunately, this lowers the books value. Overall the book gets 3.5 stars.
"Stolen" by Lucy Christopher is a novel about sixteen-year-old, Gemma, who is an average British teen concerned about her friends, boys, and her parents. Until she is kidnapped by a mysterious man named Ty, who has been watching her for years, as it turns out. He takes her to the middle of nowhere where he plans to live out there lives....together. Until Gemma gets bitten by a snake, which is fatal, leaving Ty to make a decision as to whether or not to keep her for himself or to safe her.
I feel like it was a good book that was relatively well written. However, it seemed a tad bit cliche and unrealistic. I felt that it could have taken more twist and a less traditional path. i also feel as if it was written by a teenager, as if I found it online. I just was kind of disappointed and felt as if it didn't live up to the hype. I expected more. I give it three out of five stars, because it was interesting. i guess me expectations were too high.
“Stolen” by Lucy Christopher is a book about a teenage girl who is, quite obviously, stolen. This book will take you through all of her events during this period of her being 'Stolen' in a strange 3rd person pov. It is written in the form of a letter; however, that is something that becomes lost once you immerse yourself in Gemma's world of survival and romance. Lucy does this thing with her words that make every sentence she writes sound like a poem. She uses a repetitive; borderline obsessive writing structure where she will say 'You' before every sentence. This in itself made it seem like a young girl was writing this, because the immaturity and lack of creative sentence structure. That statement is not to denigrate Lucy's writing style, but more so of to bring attention to her creative choices when writing this book. I, for one, wouldn't have been convinced that Gemma felt what she felt if this book was written in the traditional way which is complete 1st person with a slightly over-obsessive use of creative writing skills. All that to say, the way Lucy has written this book is very fitting for what it is about.
More-so about the book itself, it takes and develops quite a bit of empathy. Ty, the captor of Gemma's, is at first portrayed as any captor would be: Controlling, Aggressive, and with horribly sexual intentions. These traits are then overturned when you learn the reason for Gemma's capturing and Ty's background. During this entire situation Gemma is a very strong willed character, a bit hot-headed at times, and tends to let her angry crowd her right mind. This is the case all the way up to the end where she is reunited with her family. Her love for Ty goes unnoticed until the last few chapters, and that addition of love for him seemed forced. Overall, considering how well written this book is and how confusing the plot was at times, I give this a book a 3 out of 5 stars.