A Stolen Life Kindle Fire 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 This story represents two things for me. The first is that monsters do exist and it is important that we protect our children. The second is that many of us have the resilience to overcome even the most dire circumstances. I love how Jaycee Dugard was able to forgive her captors and refuse to accept the title of victim. She is a survivor. Though Dugard was in captivity for eighteen years, she manages to scale down her experience in this story, which is under three hundred pages. The reader learns exactly how she was abducted and how her life proceeded for the next eighteen years. It is a heart wrenching story, but Dugard relays it with so much strength that I didn't feel weepy or overly emotional while reading it. It wasn't until the end when she finally saw her mom again and they shared the moon story that the tears started. I don't have much to say about her captors except that I wish them a speedy journey to the pits of Hell. I realize that they both were mentally ill and while Phillip is a despicable monster my anger really simmers toward Nancy. How on earth could a woman participate in such a heinous crime? I guess some things are not meant for us to understand. If you are at all interested in Jaycee Dugard's kidnapping then I strongly suggest that you pick up this book.
As I read A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a novel but it actually happened. It's a remarkable story of how Jaycee was kidnapped and lived in a backyard shack for 18 years. It will have you turning pages quickly because it is riveting. Thanks for telling your story so well, Jaycee! Hope your daughters and you can enjoy a normal life. I'm glad you finally have a dog too! (Gerard's review) After seeing the news story about Jaycee Dugard being kidnapped at age 11 and held captive for 18 years, I wasn't sure I wanted to read her book, A Stolen Life, because the abductor was such a slimeball but I am glad I did. This is a fascinating book. I was pleasantly surprised that although she did not have freedom, she was not tortured too much. She cooperated so he would not get mad and so she could survive. It did surprise me though that she didn’t even think about ways to escape. I was so happy that she had kittens and a bird to keep her company. Phillip raped her and she became a 14-yr.-old mother of a healthy baby girl and had another later too. These girls brightened her life. This is a heartbreaking story while she was in captivity, but fortunately it has a happy ending.
Poignant. Stunning. Shocking. Her story is that of survival, of the deep/instinctual human behavior that enables us to survive horrific events. That a human being could enforce their control over a person, a CHILD, for 18 years and force her to succumb to everything is beyond comprehension. Nothing about this book is right. It is not RIGHT that she was kidnapped. it is not RIGHT that she lost her whole childhood. It is not RIGHT that she was violated, traumatized, exploited. and yet the fact that throughout her 18 year long trial she managed to stay sane, to educate her children, to maintain a semblance of a life is beautiful and so strong. Jaycee is strong to have kept herself happy, and although she may have given up some times, she still continued to try her best. This is beautiful. I wish only that the media would leave her alone. She deserves time. The time stolen from her by that cruel cruel man and his incomprehensible wife. Jaycee Dugard live happily, God knows you deserve it.
PS: it was difficult to rate this book. How can you rate something that is not meant to be 'literary great' but is instead just a story of her. It can't be bad: it's what happened. And yet you can't give it a 'bad' note because of the author. Therefore I gave it 5 stars because of what she went through and the strength and courage it must have taken to write such a book and have critics peer at it skeptically. To have strangers( like myself) read it and judge the way you have lived. For this bravery i definite 5 stars.
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