Stolen: A Letter to My Captor - Lucy Christopher

-------------------AUGUST 2013 UPDATE--------------

Look what I just saw on Lucy's FB:

Lucy Christopher
If I tell you I'm about to fly to San Diego to work on the screenplay of Stolen .... would you be excited?
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P.S. Sorry for updating an old review but this was soooooo good for me that I had to do it!



Could I have loved this book anymore? NO

Would I change anything about their story? Hell NO

Do I need a sequel even if I know I won't probably get it? Yes, please with sugar on top!


I bought this book AGES ago but I didn't want to read it because I knew how it ended. And I didn't mind this didn't have a HEA , I just lost the interest because I know what would happen. Anyway, Basuhi read it last week and she loved it so I thought it was time to give it a try, even if YA is not a genre I read a lot lately.

This is the story of Gemma & Ty. Gemma is a 16 years old girl from London who is traveling with her parents. She is in Bangkok airport waiting for her flight and she meets Ty, a 25 years old guy who has coffee with her.

When I read the blurb of this book I always thought about KISS ME by Ed Sheeran but now that I have finished the book I can say this song is just for them:

I've fallen for your eyes
But they don't know me yet

And the feeling I forget
I'm in love now

Kiss me like you wanna be loved
Wanna be loved
Wanna be loved

The thing is Gemma is having coffee with this beautiful guy one minute and the next one someone has drugged her. She just doesn't know where she is and she doesn't know what happened but she wakes up in the middle of nowhere... (I would say the middle of paradise, but I understand she doesn't see it that way).


I was scared this was going to be boring, I mean, I almost knew they didn't even kiss but boy, I was waaaaaaaaay wrong, I didn't even need it.

I know, a lot of my GR buddies cannot like a story about a kidnapper (yes, I am thinking about you Baba) but this is one is way different and I know most of my buddies don’t read YA anyway but I just wanted to say that Ty is not the typical kidnapper. He NEVER put a hand on Gemma, EVER forced her to do anything. He obviously had a problem, I understand and accept that what he did was WRONG but he always respected her even if he didn’t respect her freedom.

”How long will you keep me?”
“For ever, of course”

At the beginning, I couldn’t help it, I thought he was freaking insane but I ended up understanding some things about him and I really think he was in love with her and he just wanted her to love that land as much as he did. He did it the wrong way which is a shame.

But I also agreed with him sometimes, even if the way he did things was NOT correct.

”I like cities”
“No one’s real in a city. Nothing’s real”

Gemma hates him, she just wants to escape, she doesn’t have any kind of feelings for him at all during a good part of the book. And that is what I also loved. If I imagine myself in a situation like that I cannot believe I could be able to have feelings for my kidnapper the next day I have been kidnapped, that is NOT real. Gemma was very real, there was not even one second that she didn’t try to scape from him but at the same time she was curious about him, about his life, about why he was so fucked up so she gave in and started talking to him.

When the author starts telling us more about Ty you can’t help it and you feel sorry for him because he didn’t have an easy life. I am not saying I think he did the right thing but I can understand why he was so fucked up.


”They just wanted recognition, they wanted to fit in... it’s what most people want”
“Excepts freaks like you”
“I want freedom”


Ty explains Gemma how he met her, why she was the perfect person to go with him to that land and even though, I repeat that he did the wrong thing, he had his reasons. Ok, he kidnapped her but he also saved her from Josh, years before .


Every single part of the landscape and every single animal was a character of this book. The story with the Camel was maybe the kind of story that Ty was expecting to have with Gemma. His “baby steps” worked with the Camel…

”We’re getting there. Baby steps"
But you know what? Those baby steps also worked with Gemma, even if she was stubborn

“Pain means it’s healing”

Gemma knows he is not that bad but she stills can’t trust him. She just wants to escape, at all costs and he only wants her there, even for a few months because he is convinced that she will end up loving that place as much as he does.

”It’s just… to survive this land, you need to love it. And that takes time. Right now, you need me”
“I know”

But she cannot help it either and she starts caring for him, she tries to understand or help him, even if she knows he is doing the wrong thing.

”People love what they’re used to, I guess”
“No. PEOPLE SHOULD LOVE WHAT NEEDS LOVING. That way they can save it”

Wow, this was one of my favourite quotes of the book. So true!


I loved the way Ty showed her his love for that land, for his paints. The way he respected the oldfellas. Ty is seriously like a perfect guy. I know he had issues but he was PURE, he was a good person.


And finally Gemma started enjoying his company, she stopped running away from him, ignoring him.

You smiled, your eyes crinkling at the corners. I looked away quickly, wanting to hold your gaze but knowing I shouldn’t.
Right at that moment it was as if we were the only two people left in the whole world.


”And how long will we sit here like this? Just another moment, or the rest of our lives? You know which one I’d prefer


******SPOILERS AHEAD******

And yeah, shit got real as usual. But you know what? Ty proved he was a good person once again because he never hesitated, he decided to save her life, NO MATTER WHAT.


You didn’t answer that. Instead you touched the ring gently and looked piercingly at me, unsaid questions in your eyes.

When Gem is safe in the hospital she misses Ty, she misses their moments together.

It’s hard to hate someone once you understand them

But I hated you for something else too. Right then, and at every moment since you’d left me in that apartment . I wanted your arms around me, your face close to mine. I wanted your smell. And I knew I couldn’t - shouldn’t – have it. That’s what I hated most. The uncertainty of you. You’d kidnapped me, put my life in danger… but I loved you too. Or thought I did . None of it made sense.

And Gemma finally accepts she did love that land, she did appreciate those days, she did love Ty


And let’s face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can’t get you out of there either. You’re stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels

I loved Gemma, because she always knew and understood what was wrong and what was right. Because she wasn’t selfish, because she defended the truth, because she was sensible.

You told me once of the plants that lie dormant through the drought; that wait, half dead, deep in the earth. The plants that wait for the rain. You said they’d wait for years, if they had to; that they’d almost kill themselves before they grew again. But as soon as those first drops of water fall, those plants begin to stretch and spread their roots. They travel up through the soil and sand to reach the surface. There’s a chance for them again

I love how the author ends her acknowledgments:

As Ty says, this is a land that needs love and ‘needs saving’

Is that love or Stockholm Syndrome? I want to believe this was a love story…