GoodReads Synopsis: On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life. Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
My Thoughts: I read this book in just over 24 hours. It was immediately captivating, and I loved the way Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart told the story. Her ordeal was horrifying and heartbreaking to read about. But I absolutely loved Elizabeth's perspective. Her positivity and hope while she was held captive is incredible. She describes repeatedly how her faith kept her strong, and how she knew that God was with her. I was so impressed by the perspective that she has-- that those people were evil, she was a victim of a horrible crime, but that those nine months with them do not have to ruin, or even define, her life. She seems incredibly well-adjusted now, both in this book and in the interviews I've seen with her. I highly recommend reading this book.