Stolen: A Suspenseful Kidnapping Story

by Juwan Dube, ’19

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher, was awarded the Printz Honor, which awards excellence in young adult literature.

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher, was awarded the Printz Honor, which awards excellence in young adult literature.

Lucy Christopher’s 2009 debut novel “Stolen,” which was a Printz Honor book, is about a 16-year-old girl named Gemma who was kidnapped in a London airport by a 24-year-old guy named Ty who bought her drink for her. When Gemma went to sit down Ty drugged her coffee, then took her all the way into the desert in Australia, where he holds her captive in a house Ty built.

Gemma tries to escape many times but fails every time. One day, Ty goes to get a snake for its venom–selling the venom is how he makes money– and Gemma follows and is bit by the snake and Ty’s anti-venom doesn’t work, so he has to take her to the closest civilization, a mine site, for her treatment.

The book is very suspenseful because the reader never knows what’s gonna happen next. Ty is very unstable, sometimes he rages and it seems he’s going to kill her, but at other times he’s very nice to her. Ty often treats her very well, and cares for her when she is sick, making her decision to escape that much more complicated. The twist on the kidnapper, making him more than just the one-note bad guy.

Overall, it’s a good, suspenseful book with a twist on the kidnapper. You’d think that Ty was a stereotypical kidnapper, but he cares for her in a way that your stereotypical kidnapper wouldn’t meaning he cares for her, feeds her, treats her as if she wasn’t kidnapped, and she starts to believe that maybe he isn’t a bad guy, maybe he actually cares for her, she starts to realize she has feelings for him. Her doctors think otherwise saying that any feelings she had for her “captor” (Ty) was due to Stockholm Syndrome, and the reader feels some of that same syndrome, as they struggle with their own feelings about Ty, making for an interesting reading experience.

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