A Stolen Life eBook by Jaycee Dugard
Click Here to Download the Book In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.
Reviews “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard really made me thank God for the wonderful life I have. It is a really difficult story to read, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be to actually live it. What really struck me about Ms. Dugard’s tale was that she her ordeal may have started from a physical captivity by a sex offender, but it later developed into a mental captivity. She was so young at the time of her kidnapping and she was kept in captivity for so long that it was easy to influence her into thinking that there was no way out of her situation. She could have easily run away, but she had been kept in captivity for so long that she had almost become used to it. The real world was both unknown and dangerous to her. Also, what really breaks my heart is that she had had children who held her back as well. She could not leave her children at the hands of likes of Philip and Nancy. It was like her own mental state was conditioned to accept her condition and stay in it. As far as I am concerned, Philip was a complete mental case. It was not just his paedophilia, but his make belief schizophrenia (I don’t think it was real, maybe a drug reaction or something but not the real thing) that really set me off. Such people should not be allowed to stay out in society and do whatever they want to do. What’s more is that I completely agree with Ms. Dugard’s complaint with the government. The system was not able to find her although she was in the backyard of a guy who was ON PAROLE SUPERVISION! That really DOES NOT make sense to me. I am glad that they FINALLY they did find her and it did redeem them a little. It is just that the system must be lacking somewhere to miss obvious signs of something being wrong in Philip’s house. I wish Ms. Dugard all the best for her future and I hope she is able to survive in the outside world just as well as she survived in captivity, for I have no doubt that she is a true survivor!
The book that I chose this quarter is "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard. This book is a very unique book because of Jaycee's story. Jaycee was kidnapped. Finally, someone found her and saved her. The author's purpose in writing this book is to teach people/kids to be careful where ever they go. She wants people to know that something bad can happen to you when you least expect it. People always say "oh that won't happen to me" but Jaycee probably said the same thing. The theme of "A Stolen Life" is to never give up. From the day she got stolen, to the day she got free she never gave up. She could have easily said no one will ever find me so I might as well give up now. She waited for eighteen years and never gave up. Finally someone found her. "A Stolen Life" is an example of a narration. The story is told in chronological order. She started from when she was a little girl until she got free and that was when she was older. My opinion on this book is that I really think it is a good book to read. I usually do not read but i actually like this book. I could not put it down. I liked how she told everything in detail. This book is kind of similar to "The Child Called it" since it was a book that was a true story and they were both really sad but good.
I hate giving a book like this 5-stars because when I give such a high rating to a book it is usually because I loved the story and everything about it. I cannot say I enjoyed reading this book, the story of what happened to this woman is horrific even though it has a happy-ish ending. My 5-star rating goes more towards Jaycee herself. I commend her for having the courage to share her story with the world even though the process of writing it must've been emotionally draining. With writing her story she left herself open to criticism from people who can't fathom why she never tried to escape. I don't think anyone should be critical of her for that. Yes, we all like to think that if we were in that situation we'd find a way to overtake this man and escape from his prison, but it is easy for us to think that because the majority of us have no idea what it feels like to be in that sort of situation. I also noticed that a lot of people are critical of her because of the grammar and spelling mistakes. This boggles my mind. If this book had been edited the way some peole feel it should, it would have lost so much. The reason this woman makes these errors is because she was held CAPTIVE for 18 years! Reading the book the exact way she wrote it shows us how much these monsters took from her. She never had the privilege of a full education because of what they did. I just feel that editing these errors out would've been wrong; it is almost like they need to be there to remind us that this actually happened...if that makes any sense.
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