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by Lucy Christopher
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL570L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Chicken House
NO. PAGES: 320
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Literary Fiction
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
ISBN: 0545170931
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop

The Story
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When sixteen-year-old Gemma meets Ty in an airport in Bangkok, she has no idea that he's seen her before. Or that he is about to drug her drink and kidnap her. Ty takes her to a cabin in the desolate Australian Outback, where escape is impossible because they are surrounded by nothing but desert. There begins Gemma's desperate attempt to survive, in mind, body, and spirit. Her story unfolds in the form of a letter to her troubled captor, as she explores her feelings for him and the life she can't return to.
The Scoop
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Stolen is heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and beautiful all at the same time. It comes to light that Ty has been watching Gemma for years at her home in London, and believes that by bringing her to the extreme isolation of the Outback, he can convince her to love him as he loves her. As such, in spite of the fact that he has kidnapped her, he treats her very respectfully and does not force himself on her at all. As Gemma learns about Ty's troubled childhood, he becomes a sympathetic character, which causes Gemma much confusion and guilt as she develops feelings for him. This situation could result in great discussion material, both about Stockholm Syndrome and about Ty's character -- his motives may be pure, but does he understand that his methods are not? Readers may recognize an interesting plot parallel when Ty captures and tries to tame a wild camel. Language is graphic at times, though not frequent. There are references to teen sex and drinking during Gemma's recollections of her life in London. In her initial despair, Gemma tries to cut herself with broken glass.
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