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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908435755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435750
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book "Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book."-- John Marsden * "An emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal "A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the Outback." -- Booklist "Taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting." -- Kirkus "Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page. Fascinating, disturbing..." -- Voice of Youth Advocates _____________________________________________________________________________"Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book." -- John Marsden "A vivid new voice for teens." -- Melvin Burgess TheDailyBeast.com, "10 Hot Young Adult titles" roundup, September 16, 2010 BCCB, review, June 2010"[A]n interesting book for examining what obsessive Twilight-style approaches to love can mean in a real-life context...Readers who can't get enough of Cormier's classic After the First Death will find this induces both shivers and thought." Booklist, review, March 15, 2010"Christopher's first novel is a complex psychological study that is also a tribute tothe hypnotic beauty of the outback." Kirkus, review, April 15, 2010"From its compelling opening, the novel delivers taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting."

About the Author

LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.


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Imagine it: You're at an airport and you meet a handsome stranger - Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! You're stolen and on your way to the Australian outback to live among snakes, spiders... and camels. Well, that's 16-year-old Gemma's life.

I haven't seen many books like Lucy Christopher's Stolen before. The idea of writing such a book - about being hold against your own will, about being kidnapped - seems like a task in its own. The result is magnificent though! And to me three things in particular stood out:

1. The landscape. How many books have you read that are set in the Australian desert? You'd think it to be very... dead with all the sand. But Lucy really proves herself in her way of describing the land and its vitality. The land is alive - Living and breathing underneath Gemma and Ty's own feet.
There's no doubt about the land's harshness either though; the sun in brutal throughout the entire novel and Gemma struggles with the constant heat, which only stops at night to turn the desert into a freezer instead.
It isn't easy to live there, but once you learn to live along with nature - it turns into this beautiful sort of harmony between wilderness and man.

2. Gemma. Yes, our heroine. She's another reason as to why I love this book. Why? The answer is simple enough; she's real. Her reactions and feelings are completely understandable considering the state she's in - kidnapped by a man she doesn't know and brought to a place that's just as unfamiliar.
Besides being real, she's strong as well. Where some people might have lost theirs, she keeps her wits about her, planning her possible escape.
Thanks to the way this book was written - in the form of a letter from Gemma to her kidnapper - we really get to know her as well.
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This is an incredibly moving story that played on my mind for days after reading. There is so much I love about it. Rarely do I experience total empathy with a main charater when I'm reading a book but in Stolen, I was with Gemma throughout, experiencing each sense, each emotion with her exactly as she did.

As well as a book about one girl's struggle to escape from an endlessly barren landscape and the strangely alluring kidnapper who brings her there, it is a paean to the intensity and beauty of the Australian desert, about which the author is clearly very familiar.

Stolen is a modern wonder in teen fiction, standing head and shoulders above a lot of its flimsy contemporaries. Lucy Christopher is a terrific writer with a glaringly bright future ahead of her. Beg, borrow or steal Stolen. You will not regret it.
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I saw this book online a while ago and considered buying it, but when I learned of how it was written, I was slightly put off. But then, in a bookshop today, I saw it on the shelf and decided to dig a little deeper.. and bought it straight after. Not only did the second person narrative grab me, but so did both characters, which is quite difficult for me, especially with female characters. Gemma is set as tough, level-headed and smart; she knows right from wrong, and knows that no matter how friendly Ty plays, she shouldn't - can't - begin to trust him. Although I knew Ty was going to 'steal' Gemma, the way he was described immediately made me like him. The author's way of conveying Ty's thoughts and feelings through his eyes and actions is incredible. By the end of the book, I was in love with him, and with how Gemma dealt with each and every single twist. It's obvious Ty isn't a bad guy; he's just mixed up - a bit mad - and, plain and simply, lonely.
I couldn't put this book down, and regrettably finished it the day I bought it!
The ending had me in tears, but it was absolutely lovely. If you're looking for a story that will squeeze your heart - and leave you wanting more, more, more! - 'Stolen' is the way to go.
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Written as a letter to her captor, Stolen encapsulates the journey of Gemma and her captor, Ty, who takes her from Bangkok Airport after an argument with her parents, drugged her and takes her to the Australian outback. Literally in the middle of absolutely nowhere, there is no way Gemma can escape, no way to call for help, no way to communicate with anyone besides Ty. But as the days go by, their relationship begins to change. Is Ty as awful as Gemma thinks?

I was a little disappointed with this book; people have really raved about how brilliant it is. Don't get me wrong: it is a good book, but it isn't revolutionary. It's the writing I had an issue with, it felt banal and not very well thought through. The plot was really interesting though, and gave me a real insight to how an individual can become attached to their captor. Ty's obsession reaches the absolute height of creepiness, but Gemma's response to him was actually believable. I wanted to read on after the ending.

So, a very good premise and plot, let down by, what often seemed like, sloppy writing. It feels like Christopher may have needed more help from her editor, but I seem to be in a minority thinking this.
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You saw me that day in the bookstore before I saw you. You had that shiny cover that caught my eye, wanting something from me, as if you'd been waiting for a long time for someone to pick you up. I was the one you trapped and stole away. You're not just a book, Stolen. You are an emotionally packed novel full of beautiful prose. You pulled me in from the first page and wouldn't let me go, no matter how angry or frustrated I got, you made me suffer through it. It's only now I see you did it for my own good. That your elegantly bound pages were holding a masterpiece that begged to be read.

I bought you home and you haunted my thoughts. Whenever my eyes looked over my bookshelf, your white spine stood out the most begging to be read. I obliged. I couldn't keep my hands off you. I'd read many emotional novels but you truly were the icing on the cake. You deal a low blow leaving the reader even more confused than the main protagonist herself. Even now I can't fathom what you were trying to tell me. I don't know whether to believe Gemma was suffering from Stockholm syndrome or not. You put me right into her place. You stole me away to a land far away from my home, you locked me up in your world where no outsiders could get to me and then you made me feel. I felt so many emotions towards you but I could never get past that fondness and love that was blooming in my chest. No matter how much you emotionally scarred me, I knew you were showing me the real you. That under all the ink and paper there was a person hurting, suffering from something that happened long ago. You didn't mean to hurt me, you just wanted to be loved. The thing is the line between love and hate is very thin and at times I didn't know which side of that line I belonged on.
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