A Stolen Life
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller—Jaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.
In the summer of June of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother that 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 simply survived an intolerable situation. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it. [Chapters | Indigo]
Chances are, you were familiar with Dugard’s story long before reading this review. This incredible survival story was widely covered in the media, to no surprise. I jumped at the opportunity to read the account of this story from the survivor herself, and I read the entire book in one sitting. I could not put this book down. Not because it was gripping my soul with despair, which it did at times, but because there’s so much more to this book than survival and sadness.
This is a story of trauma, yes, but it is also the compelling highlight of someone who overcame unspeakable violence and control and took their life back. This book did not leave me with depressive feelings, I felt so inspired and in awe of Dugard for sharing her story and for how far she’s come.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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