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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
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Mar 04, 12

Read from January 19 to March 04, 2012

"A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard is a mind blowing book because it is a memoir of a girl who was kidnapped at age eleven and was held against her will and forced into a new family for eighteen years. She writes exactly what she remembers from the experience and her thoughts at the time and her reflection looking back on it. She was kidnapped from Lake Tahoe when she was only a young age of eleven and wasn't rescued in till she was twenty nine. Her new "family" kept her hidden in a spare room in their backyard. Jaycee endured abuse of all kinds but especially sexual abuse and was forced to become a mother at age fourteen. By the time she was found she had two children, and neither Jaycee or her children had any type of proper education. No one ever noticed the beyond suspicious behavior of this so called "family".

Jaycee Dugard uses a lot of stylistic devices in her book such as normal chapters for her telling us what happened, and then after each chapter she writes a reflection about what she feels about that particular situation now. She also includes the few pictures she has from growing up, which helps us better understand her brief childhood. She also includes journal entries that she actually wrote while she was still in the hands of her "family" and they are her direct thoughts from that exact moment in time. It's really interesting to see how well that little girl handles this whole situation and how she puts up for it for so long. She also uses some good imagery and some selective diction that relates back to what happened to her. Jaycee reveals the theme of this intense memoir to be, enjoy every moment of the time you have with your family because you never know what will happen. One day she was with her real mom and next she was forced into being one and not even remembering her real family members faces. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a realistic yet sad, and dark toned story line with a amazing outcome. I would not advise younger children to read this because there is a lot of drug and sexual references. This book really makes you thankful for what you have and how there is a way out of even the most impossible situations.
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Samakosky Be more specific about stylistic devices in the future.


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