19. sij 2013.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

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Book summary:
"Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty - rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar - pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback."

Glass: So, Tanja! We finally did it. I think Zemira would give us a break now that we've read Stolen.
Tanja: Honestly I can sleep tight now. I was kinda of scared. I have one question for you - Would you change the end if you could? (just yes or no - spoiler free)
Glass: If it ended in different way, it wouldn't have the same effect so I would say no. But you know me and what I like...;)
Tanja: That's another story to tell ;)
Glass: Do you remember how we ended up after reading Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma or Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta? I think that "obsessed", "blown away", "speechless" would be a good choice of words. I feel the same way now. I'm just sorry that I didn't manage to read it in one sitting like you because of work.
Tanja: Exactly. I was lucky enough to read it one sitting and like I told you in my text it was really hard to sleep even though it was like 2 am in morning. I couldn't stop thinking about this book. I love it when in books the authors make me think about what would I do. Thinking about the story and putting myself in Gemma's position wasn't easy but really I had no idea what would I do. How would I act? Would I give up? Same thing happened with Melina a lot of times. Well there is definitively something down there in Australia cause I can't remember reading a bad Aussie book.
Glass: Haha, you're right about that - my secret wish since I was a teenager was to live in Australia - I blame it on TV show Heartbreak High. Gemma was so brave - I'm not sure if I could be that rational and calm. I love when lead female characters are strong and know exactly what they want. But I couldn't stop thinking about Ty. I know that everything he did was wrong, but at some point in his life he was a victim too. That part when he's telling her about his past, I just wanted to hug him and tell him that everything is going to be okay. I loved all the painting stuff - I wish I could see that. Do you have a favorite quote? I have a list, woman, a list!
Tanja: That's right! Through the whole book I was trying to keep in mind that Ty was a kidnapper and that I should feel sorry for him or try to find some reasons to justify what he did. But I failed - like big time! It's hard to believe that when I've heard of some kidnapping and I was always judging the kidnapper. Well let's face it Ty is different but still he did it. Honestly I'd say the whole book, cause every word was on the right place, but one of my fave was:
“You said you knew the perfect place to run to. A place that was empty of people, and buildings, and far, far away. A place covered in blood-red earth and sleeping life. A place longing to come alive again. It's a place for disappearing, you'd said, a place for getting lost... and for getting found.I'll take you there, you'd said.And I could say that I agreed.” 
Glass: Well, if I have to pick, I 'll chose this one:
"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."

We would say that everyone needs to read Stolen. It's one of those  books that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Until the next time,


Broj komentara: 30:

  1. Aw, that's such a nice way of reviewing the book! I enjoyed reading your discussion, girls! Also, I'm looking forward to reading Melina Marchetta books AND when I was little, I wanted to go to Australia too! Stolen seems like a book I'd like to read. I look forward to meeting Gemma. :)

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  2. You really, but really must read a book by Melina Marchetta! Trust me you'll be in love with it ;) Thanks Sarika ;)

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  3. This was an awesome review and very unique! :D You both should do more like these. I guess I need to get me a copy of Stolen then huh?! lol It sounds amazing!

    Janina @ Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Oh really? That was really spontaneous. :D Will do them. Oh yes you do! :)

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    2. We are planning to. Thanks.:)

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  4. My feelings after reading this extraordinary book were similar to my reaction after turning the last page of Jellicoe Road! "Mind blowing" doesn't quite cover it, hah! Fabulous duo post ladies, and I don't think I had the opportunity to mention it - love the new blog design!

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    1. Agreed! We have to invent the new word :) Thank you Leanne :)

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  5. I really felt sorry for Ty. I liked there relationship towards the end. What she felt about him was confusing for me because he did kidnap her. It's definitely a book that makes you speechless when you are finished. So much to process.

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  6. Love the duel post ladies! I bought this book recently and I'm even more excited to read it after reading this! I know I'm going to be rooting for Ty even if what he did is wrong. I'm going to hope they end up together eventually. :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel :) Oh I can't wait to see what you think of it!! :)

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  7. This is one of those books I know are awesome, but I doubt I'll ever read. It's just too much for me. Obviously I read Jellicoe (twice), but I never even considered reading Forbidden or Stolen. I admire you girls for putting yourself through it.
    And I really enjoyed your post. :)

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    1. Rly? Oh I live for these books :) I hope that one day you'll read them :)

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  8. Oh I love this joint post ladies! I definitely agree with you ladies, there's certainly something in the water. And Glass I used to love Heartbreak High too! I think I will have to make a trip to Australia just for the books alone! :)

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  9. Ooh, I love the way you've reviewed this ladies! It was fun to read. ^^ I really do need to get to around to reading Stolen don't I? xD

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  10. Love this joint review ladies! I've heard such great things about STOLEN, I really need to give it a try myself. I have a feeling I'm going to want a different ending as well, but I get that the ending fits the story even if it may not be the one I want:)

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  11. I love this joint review! As you know, I read this one recently too and was truly blown away by it. It was just so poignant and heart-breaking and really left such a huge impact on the reader. I can't wait to read Christopher's upcoming novel this year - I'm sure it'll be just as good! :)

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  12. Thank you girls, and yes, you should definitely read Stolen.

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  13. Dobra ideja ta dialog!

    Lovely idea, ladies! :) I've been wanting to read Stolen and Forbidden for ages, but they're too.. emotional for me to stomach. But since you all have nothing but the best to say I think I'll have to give them a try!

    Pozdrav,
    Tanja

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    1. Tanja, nećeš se pokajati ako je pročitaš.:)

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  14. Oh gosh, so many things I've heard about this book. I don't know if I want to read it cause of all the heartbreak and tough issues but I just cant help myself. I want to know what happens and I really want to meet the characters. I LOVE books that stay with you forever, so I can't wait to finally read this! So glad you ladies enjoyed this!

    Fabulous, and very unique (fun! ;p) review! :D

    ~ Maida <3

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    1. Oh I can't wait to see you jump up and down after reading this book ;)

      Thanks luv ;D

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