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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  76,865 ratings  ·  9,033 reviews
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a characte
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by The Chicken House (first published May 4th 2009)
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Amisha Because you followed Gemma's journey. You felt what she felt. The desire. The desire to not have desire, but still having desire. You wanted Ty just a…moreBecause you followed Gemma's journey. You felt what she felt. The desire. The desire to not have desire, but still having desire. You wanted Ty just as badly as she did.

You had Stockholm syndrome. THAT'S why you wanted to cry.(less)

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May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: f words
Recommended to Annalisa by: Kat Kennedy
When I was a teenager, I remember watching a movie with my family and the couple onscreen kissed for the first time and of course five seconds later were sleeping together. My dad, trying to keep the morality of four teenage girls intact, complained about movies always doing that, making you root for something you didn't believe in. I remember thinking "it's just a movie; you're supposed to want that," because I had wanted it.

Christopher is a smart woman. She realizes this power, that as an auth
This book completely reaffirmed my fascination with the beautiful land that is Australia.

But the people who live there seem to want everyone to think it's a lot like this:

Or this:

Or even this:

Gemma, just a regular 16 year old school girl, has been captured by a handsome and alluring young Australian man named Ty. Although Gemma seems to think so, it never feels like she's in any imminent danger, from Ty at least. From the environment - yes.

The stakes and suspense don't seem that high, as I fully
Nina ♥
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nina ♥ by: Maggie Stiefvater
Shelves: favorites
"I made it," you said, gruffly, "for you."
You shoved it onto my finger. It was roughly carved, shaped from a lump of something colourful and cold...a ring made entirely from a gemstone. It was beautiful. It glinted emerald greens and blood reds over my skin, and had tiny flecks of gold catching the light. I couldn't stop staring at it.
"Why?" I asked.
You didn't answer that. Instead you touched the ring gently and looked piercingly at me, unsaid questions in your eyes.

HOLY SHIT! I should not have
Apr 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

… that’s it?

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Well, that was a shit fucking letter, wasn’t it? Can you even call that a letter? It’s just a recollection of everything that happened between Gemma and Ty. As if someone would be able to remember every conversation that had happened on every day for a month. It’s fine as a story, but I did not accept the letter concept. It reminds me of a certain Friends episode where Rachel and Ross are fighting and Rachel wrote him a letter.

Ross: “I fell asleep!”
Rachel: “You fell aslee
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
this book gave me secondhand stockholm syndrome.

and i loved every second of it.

i know this book isnt everyones cup of tea, but no matter how many times i read this, i am always captivated by the story, the characters, the setting. it never fails to steal and break my heart.

5 stars
Maggie Stiefvater
I just had a copy of STOLEN by Lucy Christopher put into my hands at ALA, and I am definitely, definitely sending a quote for them to use for the paperback edition. It’s a YA novel about a girl who is kidnapped from an airport by a crazy guy and taken to a shack in the Australian outback. The novel features

1) crazy guy
2) camels
3) strong heroine
4) poisonous snakes! (did you know that Australia is the only continent where species of poisonous snakes outnumbers non-poisonous ones?)
5) hallucinating
Kat Kennedy
Stolen is such a singular reading experience that its difficult to decide how I feel about it.

Gemma is a sixteen year old English girl kidnapped by Ty and taken into the Western Australian outback where she is held prisoner.

I had to give this book five stars for several reasons. One of the reasons is because it was so fantastically well written. Beautiful, touching, heart breaking and real. Christopher doesn't spare on the details both good and bad. Never before have I felt a book to be so real,
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

-------------------AUGUST 2013 UPDATE--------------

Look what I just saw on Lucy's FB:

Lucy Christopher
If I tell you I'm about to fly to San Diego to work on the screenplay of Stolen .... would you be excited?
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P.S. Sorry for updating an old review but this was soooooo good for me that I had to do it!
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Five stars.

I really don't know how to feel right now.
I feel so sad, but that isn't the right word to explain how I feel about this book.
It's so complicated. I hated some of the moments in this book- could not even begin to imagine myself feeling even the slightest bit of empathy for certain characters. Yet, something about this book pulls you in and flips you over. Before you know it, you're viewing this book in an entirely different light than when you started it. Suddenly, your eyes have op
May 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat, Penny and just about everyone else I know on GR
Shelves: aus-nz, printz, 2010, ya
It is with sadness I am giving Stolen an "it was ok" 2-star rating. I expected to love this book. What's not to love? The premise was right up my alley - a psychological thriller, an exploration of Stockholm Syndrome, a story about a kidnapped person who finds herself emotionally attached to her captor. It's a treasure for a reader like me, fascinated by crazy and sick. But somehow Stolen didn't move me in any significant way.

While I found the premise to be extremely interesting and pretty much
shady boots
I'm still crying as I type this.

This review will very likely be brief and will very likely be a hot mess, because . . . I just can't believe how gorgeous this single piece of literature is. I can't believe it took me this long to read it. I'll definitely say it was worth the wait, though.

It's been a while since I've read something that touched me this deeply. How this book is written just gutted me and left me breathless at times. Gemma was relatable because she was a real teenage girl. I would'
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Very different from what I expected and much better!

I expected this to be a “Captive” Romance, where the Hero takes the heroine and treats her like he owns her, she is attracted to him from the start so she falls in love with him and they eventually live happily ever after. Those books may are pretty popular though pretty messed up, but as long as the heroine is attracted to the Hero and doesn’t actual fight him off it can all end up ok (in a romance novel).

However this book was so different th
BR with my girl Pragya! I can't belive she feels nothing for Ty.

How can you recover from a book that rips your heart out, destroys it, that it doesn't even feel like it ever belonged there in the first place? How can you recover from a book that makes your heart feel wrong and heavy?

Well, you don't.

Stolen made me realize I had one of those things all those other humans have. A heart only for Ty of course.

What I loved about this book was Ty. Yes I know what he did was wrong, but the way the auth
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Okay... I just finished this book and I need to take some deep breaths and calm down a little- alright, here it goes!

Sixteen year old Gemma is at an airport coffee shop in Bangkok when she sees him. Ty is in his mid twenties. He looks familiar to her, something about his beautiful blue eyes, but she can’t place him. He buys her a coffee, they chat, then she starts to feel funny. She has been drugged. She is being kidnapped.

Now, meet Ty and Gemma:
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When Gemma comes to, she is surprise
Final rating: 5/5 stars

“How long will you keep me?" I asked.
You shrugged. "Forever, of course.”


This book is FANTASTIC.

WHY? because it's UNIQUE, and it's not usual KIDNAPPING STORY. It's something else entirely, and it's WORTHY OF YOUR TIME.


And, the one thing that made me love it is THE UNIQUE WAY OF WRITING. This is a letter... a LETTER TO HER CAPTOR - LITERALLY. And it's ENDING was what i loved the
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you'd wanted it for a long time. No one had ever looked at me like that before, with that kind of intensity. It unsettled me, surprised me, I guess. Those blue, blue eyes, icy blue, looking back at me as if I could warm them up. They're pretty powerful, you know, those eyes, pretty beautiful too.


So as you can read from the blurb, this book is written
This book. I read it. And it gave me feels. Sometimes the narrative. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Ty. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Gemma. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Camel. Made me laugh.

Okay, in all seriousness, if anyone wants a test for how much “crazy” they have, this book is it. All you have to do is find a piece of paper and something to write with and start making strike marks for every scene in which Gemma should attempt to KILL Ty. I think I got up to 27 or so, with each murder bec


"You saw me before I saw you..."

Where to even begin with a review on a story like this...

Let me start off by saying that this was not an easy story to read. From the moment I started reading it, I felt like there were dark clouds looming over me and something bad was going to happen any minute. And I pretty much felt that way throughout the entire book, which explains exactly why I was so hesitant to start it at first. But in the end, I'm really gl
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review and discussion is up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgLru...
This book has made my list of all-time favorite books!
The premise is so unlike any book that I've ever read and so original in its format: a letter written to the kidnapper by the 16 year old girl who was kidnapped.
The main character, Gemma, is a strong and capable girl who actually makes smart decisions after being kidnapped by Ty. This is so refreshing because, although she is terrified after being kidnapped by a man who
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Gift from Flannery - Thank you!
Wow!! What an emotional, gripping and addictive book! I was hooked to this story from the beginning and despite how I knew nothing good would come of it, I drove head on collision with the conclusion and was left with a wreckage of angst and sadness.

But before I tell you how I really felt, excuse me a moment, while I self-reflect...

Felt an emotional pull toward the captor? Check.
Believed that he deserved some semblance of happiness because of his past? Check.
Recognized moments where the captor s
I literally just put down Stolen and my brain...it can't think. I just need to let this book sit and saturate into me, every part of me because it can and it will and I will let it.

I do want to say, however, that Stolen was not what I expected. When I went into it, I was almost expecting an eventual romance, but there is none and I'm glad there isn't. Stolen is a novel of abduction, but it is also a novel of hope and faith and beauty. I only really fell in love with Stolen seven pages from the
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★ /5
This was surprisingly boring.

I liked the idea of this book, but the execution was not my favorite. It felt pretty generic and nothing really special. It had some action, but it still didn’t help it to be more interesting.
The main character and her capture weren’t that interesting to read about, development didn't make them unique or captivating.

This wasn’t bad, but defiantly not memorable.
the burning dreamer.
Did I...did I just experience secondhand Stockholm Syndrome through a book?

Well, I'll be damned.

(If only this were more realistic thriller than unrealistic romance.)

I must confess, I'm still in the middle of the book and I'm already at the verge of giving up. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor annoys me so much.

At first I thought I'd like this story, because I'm deeply interested with Stockholm Syndrome and the conflicts between kidnapped victim and the kidnapper...and not to mention I had also tried my hand on writing yaoi fanfic with similar themes. But so far the author had failed to get the job done. If Ms. Lucy Christopher didn't redeem her creat
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You saw me before I saw you.

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This book was just WOW!I fell in love with the characters but mostly with the writing style.To be more specific , this book is written like a letter,a letter to her captor, which means that she is refering to him.This is very beautiful because the reader takes part in the story and the book is alive.

Gemma never thought that a friendly stranger could harm her.The story begins when she is in a coffee shop at the airport.There she spots a familiar face b
Favourite Quote: "Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can't get you out of there either. You're stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels."

Stolen is one huge emotional rollercoaster ride. It had my stomach all tied up in knots and made my heart ache but it was AMAZING. Truly, a stunning and thought provoking read.

Lucy Christopher is a brilliant writer.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher is a young adult contemporary novel. This one is, as the subtitle alludes to, written in the form of one long letter. Sixteen year old Gemma is basically telling her entire kidnapping experience afterwards and as one might guess the story is one that deals with Stockholm Syndrome, or the development of feelings for one’s captor.

Gemma had been traveling with her parents when they had a stop in the Bangkok Airport. Of course as with most sixteen ye
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i am flabbergasted.
this was incredibly messed-up and disturbing but still very much realistic which is a combo that is really difficult to create. the atmosphere created was immaculate, it resembles the eerie summer vibes that Girls by Emma Cline gives and i loved it.

and the ending y'all ... i don't think i'll recover
mimi (in-hiatus-due-to-uni)
Review with SPOILER

I don't know if I had too many expectations or if it started so well I thought it could end as well as the beginning, but this story let me down pretty badly.
There is a review somewhere here that says that you love or hate this book. I don't think it's true: I don't hate it but, at the same time, I also don't understand how can someone loves this.

Gemma narrates the story of how she was kidnapped by the stalker she didn't know she had but, mostly, she describes the landscape.
Literary Ames
Beautiful. Evil, but beautiful. Evil because I now have Stockholm Syndrome. Beautiful because I didn't realise it was happening, the writing was so subtle yet engrossing and real. Gritty.

I fell in love with Ty, the kidnapper. He was so kind, considerate and almost harmless really (Hello, Stockholm!). He'd saved Gemma's life so many times and eventually sacrificed his freedom for her. How can anyone not love him a little for that?

I understood his motivations. He was lonely and had been badly tre
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Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen

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