A Stolen Life Online 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 I approached this book with some trepidation as I did not want to ‘like’ or ‘enjoy’ a book about someone who has been victimized. “A Stolen Life” however, is not so much a graphic, blow by blow account of the terrible experiences that the author suffered, it is more her reflecting on, and processing through the events from a position of safety, and with the benefit of counselling. The author does describe one particular incident, giving a hint at the type of abuse that occurred and this enables the reader to empathise and put themselves in Dugard’s shoes. Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and held prisoner for an incredible 18 years. During this time she was used, abused, and conditioned to believe that her captor – Phillip Garrido – was always right, that there was nowhere for her to go and that there was no point in her trying to escape. Dugard was manipulated into believing that her family had forgotten about her and this is partly why she felt that she could not leave. Restored to her family at age 29, Jaycee Dugard has set up a foundation to provide support and counselling to victims of abduction and their families. A really good read.
This book was very well put together. I honestly thought this was one of the best books I've ever read! It was very easy to put myself in the author's shoes as I was reading it. Jaycee Lee Dugard seems like a very relatable person to me because she's survived a living nightmare, which is a miracle. She is well developed because she is patient and has good manners to Phillip and Nancy, and is very kind to her children. She always tries her best to make them happy and puts them first. The plot for this book was realistic because the all the events in this book actually happened. I think this book was not predictable because it kept me thinking, and when I kept reading, I would think one thing would happen, but then something completely different would happen. For example, when Jaycee met Nancy (Phillip's wife, the man who kidnapped her) for the first time, I thought Nancy and Jaycee would hate each other, but they actually had tolerance for each other. Their relationship wasn't the strongest, but they did get along and gave each other what they needed. This book moves very quickly, in a good way. It doesn't drag on, which is another thing I liked about it. The author's style of writing is very easy to follow. The story itself is easy to put the pieces of it together. I liked Jaycee's writing style because it was easy to keep up with and remember the big and little details of the story. For example, Jaycee Dugard put a pinecome on the cover of her book, and she clearly states why in her story. I could tell she didn't try too hard or too little to make this book a good one. I think the point of the book was to show the readers that you should never give up hope, just like Jaycee's mother never did for 18 years. One of my favorite quotes from this book was one of Jaycee's favorite quotes which was, "What will happen will happen. There is time for miracles until there is no more time, but time has no end." When someone finishes this book, they should remember that you should never give up hope because something bad usually results in something good. I would recommend this book to anyone
Let me start this off by saying I won’t be doing a review of A Stolen Life because I feel it is the kind of book that
you can’t review. What I will say is this book is a story of survival, strength and bravery. Reading about how the government let Jaycee down between all the parole officers visits and them never once checking the backyard or even the officers seeing Jaycee and her kids yet never saying anything, is a total eye opener. Hopefully changes will be made to prevent this from happening to anyone else. After finishing A Stolen Life, I couldn’t help but be upset for the obvious reasons but also because the media won’t leave Jaycee alone. It’s unfair to her that after everything she’s been too tabloids are still trying to sneak pictures of her and her kids. I do hope that A Stolen Life quenches the medias thirst for knowledge on Jaycee and she and her family are left alone to enjoy their time together. For those who want to know more about Jaycee Dugard and the story of her kidnapping, A Stolen Life is a must read then. For someone looking for a story of tremendous strength and bravery, this is also a must read.
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