BOOK REVIEW: Stolen — Lucy Christopher

1.5/5 stars

DNF at 52%. One word–disappointed.

A book about a girl who gets kidnapped and suffers through Stockholm Syndrome? Sounds interesting, or so I thought. The premise was intriguing, and it made me so excited to read the book. When I did pick up this book, boy, was I disappointed.

In short, this book is about a 16-year-old girl named Gemma who gets abducted from the airport by a twenty-four-year-old man named Ty. He takes her to an isolated desert, hoping to get her to fall in love with him. This book is told in a single letter from Gemma to Ty, recounting her thoughts during her time as his captive.

The pacing of the book was terribly slow. For the first half of the book, Gemma narrates her time with Ty as a captive. They spend their time in a desert, which makes the book especially boring because the only two characters are Gemma and Ty. Gemma spends so much time talking about camels and snakes to the point that I wanted to rip my hair out and smash my Kindle in the wall. Sure, it’s fine to read about camels, but Lucy Christopher describes them so heavily that I just ended up skipping paragraphs at a time. Not only were scenes overly-descriptive, there was no action whatsoever in the first half of the book. The book was so bland and unexciting as there was hardly any tension, fights, or even romance.

The one thing I liked about the book was the point of view. I liked reading second person narrative because it made the story seem more raw and personal. Overall, however, the book was a huge let-down. I rarely leave books unfinished, but this book has become an exception.

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