Book Review: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

After 18 years of captivity Jaycee Dugard escaped her kidnappers, reunited with her family, and lived life raising her two children. If that wasn’t brave enough, she then wrote a memoir retelling her story. I was a little nervous to read this book because the horror story was true but I figured if she went through it, I could at least read about it. A Stolen Life was amazing. It is unreal the experiences that Jaycee went through and how she has grown up to be such a well functioning human being in society.

The writing style is very easy to read. She writes how she would think or speak and she does not have the best grammar. But considering she was kidnapped as a child and wasn’t able to finish elementary school, this was pretty good. While the writing style won’t amaze you, the honesty will. Jaycee takes you step by step through her experience and her though process. There were times when she could have gotten away or contacted her family, but she didn’t. As you read you want to scream and tell her to run but because she has let you inside of her head you understand what she is going through and why she did what she did.

The story is slightly graphic and pretty unbelievable in the sense that you can’t believe someone actually lived this. I recommend everyone to read this book. It is eye opening and really makes you appreciate things in life.

Sorry if this blog got a little deep, but seriously go read this book!

Have you read A Stolen Life? Would you recommend it to others?


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