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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
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Sep 13, 11

Read from September 08 to 12, 2011

I chose to read this book out of pure curiosity of Jaycee's life and was not expecting it to be that great of a book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book is well written. She did a good job portraying the voice of herself as an eleven year old and did a good job progressing to an adult. I am not sure I would be able to remember how I used to speak and write as a child. There were actually journal entries and photos in the book which was a nice touch. She also did a good job of making you feel confused and frustrated, both feelings she was feeling at the time. For me, I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much (though enjoyed doesn't seem like the word I should be using to describe a book about such a horrible experience) was that I remember when Jaycee was kidnapped. I was 9, she was 11. Reading the book I felt I could so much relate to the person she was- her likes in music, her style. As she grew, though she was hidden from the world, I still shared some likes in music and tv with her as she grew older. Throughout the book, I found myself constantly comparing where I was in my life at the time to what she was going through and where she should have been. It was weird. In the time she was living in seclusion, I completed elementary school, graduated from middle school, had my Sweet 16, my first love, got my license, graduated high school, went away to college, turned 21 & graduated college, moved away, had my first "real" job, moved back, got engaged & graduated from graduate school. It's crazy to think how much life I lived and compare it every step of the way, knowing she should have been on the same path or a similar one at least. I found it ironic and amazing that throughout the book she says she wants to be a writer, and specifically write a best selling novel... she did it, but needed this horrible experience to get there. I find Jaycee's positive attitude about her life and experience absolutely refreshing and humbling. If she still manages to not hold on to hate, to move on, and to feel blessed despite all she went through, why can't we all? People could learn a lesson on that from her and maybe the world would be a better place.
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