Author: Lucy Christopher
Publication: May 2010, Chicken House ltd
Genre: fiction: romance/adventure
Side note: This is my favorite book ever written that I have ever read. ever. ever ever ever ever ever ever. okay. The end.
"You had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you'd wanted it for a long time."
Stolen is a novel that you read in one sitting. It is a novel that you do not get out of your head, even hours after you have finished it. Stolen is a novel that messes with your mind. It causes you to ignore the lines of right and wrong and delve into something deeper.
Gemma is kidnapped by a man named ty while on vacation with her parents. From the start, Ty is a likeable character. He has all the makings of a wondering leading male character. He's funny, he has gorgeous blue eyes, he truly likes Gemma... but then he steals her away.
Into an unknown world where he thinks she is safe- safe from her parents, from a life she didn't want, from herself. He shows her this world, full of sand and paint and solitude, and as a reader you want to hate it. You want gemma to fight and run and drag herself back into her life, away from the man who kidnapped her. Who followed her for years, just waiting for the right moment for his plan. Who took everything away from her. But really... honestly? You don't want that. Not at all. Lucy Christopher is a little bit smarter than that.
You want Gemma to forgive ty for stealing her. You maybe even want her to forget about her life back home where she wasn't happy anyways, and to fully trust Ty. To live alongside him like Ty imagined all those years. Ty is a broken man, scarred from his childhood, and he needs Gemma. and ultimately, Gemma needs him. That is twisted, isn't it?
“Lets 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.”
Gemma, in the end, finally realizes how confused she is about Ty. She doesn't deny her feelings. She understands him, she knows more about him than anyone else. He showed her a world away from city lights, of busy parents, of a life that she doesn't quite fit in. Ty's world is exhilarating and different. Against everything that she has known to be right, Gemma become a little more accepting. But is the situation just too wrong to ever be right?
I'm not quite sure how I feel about the ending of this novel. I won't spoil the ending, but I'm still quite conflicted about what choice Gemma should have made. It leaves you with a feeling of uncertainty. She has a choice, but what does she choose?
“It sounded weird to hear you talk so much; normally you only said a few words at a time. I'd never imagined that you'd have a story, too. Until that moment, you were just the kidnapper. You didn't have reasons for anything. You were stupid and evil and mentally ill. That was all. When you started talking, you started changing.”