Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Club Friday-- A Stolen Life.

GoodReads Synopsis:  In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who 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 survived.  A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

My Thoughts:  This book was so sad to read.  I can hardly believe that this even happened, but I know it did.  I liked that she peppered in some of her thoughts now thinking back on her ordeal as she's describing what happened.  It's not the best written book, but that's not really its purpose.  Even now, about a month after I finished this book, I can't get over the lapses in court supervision that allowed this man to do this for such a long time, not to mention the bizarre turn of events that led to her discovery.  Not to mention the mental and emotional trauma she must have had in order to not escape when she had multiple opportunities to do so.  It was a fascinating book that took me less than 48 hours to read.  I can't really say I'd recommend it as a good read unless you're particularly interested in the subject, but it definitely held my attention and kept me reading.