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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250040159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250040152
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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"Smart's memoir is as compelling as it is disturbing. Her stoic Mormon faith, moreover, will both inspire and mystify readers." "--Boston Globe"
"Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences. . . . Smart is already making waves in the media." --"New York" magazine
""My Story" chronicles [Elizabeth's] faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, 'I had something still to live for.'" "--Salt Lake Tribune"

Smart's memoir is as compelling as it is disturbing. Her stoic Mormon faith, moreover, will both inspire and mystify readers. "Boston Globe"

Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences. . . . Smart is already making waves in the media. "New York magazine"

"My Story" chronicles [Elizabeth's] faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, I had something still to live for.' "Salt Lake Tribune""

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How did Elizabeth Smart survive nine months in captivity-and manage to forge a new life for herself? This is her story.


On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.


"The inspirational and ultimately redemptive story of a teenage girl's descent into hell... and of the faith that fueled her determination to survive." -Kirkus Reviews

In My Story, Smart tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she convinced her captors to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.


"[The book's] power lies in the way Smart presents herself-stronger but somehow still innocent." -The New Yorker

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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I don't know how to review this book, I don't think really anyone can. Elizabeth has shared her story with the world and I don't think anyone has any right to criticize it. You might not like what you read but you bought this book to hear her story.

I gave it 5 stars to say thank you for sharing your story, 5 stars for her bravery, 5 stars for her faith in God and 5 stars for moving on with her life, she is truly inspirational.

I am sickened by the people giving bad reviews, she is telling her story, it might not be going into the details you want to hear but you should be grateful she is sharing any of her story with the world at all. After all, she doesn't have to share anything with the world.

I was horrified to keep hearing in the book "people question" e.g. her sister not getting out of bed sooner and Elizabeth not speaking up in the library to the officer. How can people question any of it. Everyone acts differently in different situations and no one knows what they would do until they were in that situation. I think what disgusts me most with the people asking these questions is that Elizabeth and her sister were children and lived a sheltered life, how dare anyone be so rude.

Thank you again Elizabeth, May you continue to live a happy life!
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A bravely written depiction of the horrific abduction by the victim herself.
Truth, faith, family, love and perseverance.
Forgiveness, wholeness.
The horrific trauma, faced by Elizabeth herself, and her family.
How difficult to relive the horrors in order to write it down, this book should be used in all schools across the world, to educate all young people and their families.
Not to frighten, but to heighten awareness, and not be afraid to challenge what seems questionable.
Currently an issue, where it seems 'inappropriate' to challenge those with so-called 'religious' beliefs, that seem fanatical.
Elizabeth's story highlights the genuine person's vulnerability towards those people who infiltrate, learn 'the ropes', the 'jargon'and accepted 'demeanours', for their own ends.
Seemingly more common in these days the desperate attempts by perpetrators to harm.
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Excellent.
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Brave girl but bit to much talk of religion
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What an inspirational woman Elizabeth Smart is - I am in awe of her strength of character and determination to survive such an ordeal. It really makes you appreciate things in your own life and how lucky we are. Definitely worth reading.
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What a read! Was not able to put it down. Congrats to Elizabeth on her marriage. That shows she has definitely moved on. Recommend u read this book. Thank u for your courAge..
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Thank God Elizabeth Smart has faith in God.
What a beautiful person she has turned out to be despite the ordeal those monsters put her through.
Justice for Elizabeth is that they got life in prison.
God Bless you Elizabeth, you are truly free.
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Having read the first book on this young lady, my daughter requested the follow up which I purchased as a present. She has rated a 5 star read.
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