Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Stolen Life

I've never reviewed a book on my blog before but I felt compelled to when I read this book.
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.

I don't usually read true story books, especially books about children being kidnapped, raped, abused, tortured, etc.  I just can't bring myself to read them. 
When I read a book, watch a TV show, or watch a movie, I want the movie to be entertaining, to make me laugh, to take me away from real life.  I don't want it to be about real life because I already live in real life.
I've never understood why sitcoms always try to have "serious" moments.  Like having a family member get cancer or be abused in some way.  What's that all about?  I already have family members that were abused, have cancer or other serious illnesses.  I don't want to watch it on TV or read it in a book. 

Anyway, this is her story, written by her, written how she remembers it.  It's not written by a ghost writer and it's not written by someone who combined all the news stories into book form just to make a buck.
She's not a professional writer, although, I think she does a great job of telling her story.  There was a Diane Sawyer interview with Jaycee recently, which I watched online.  She is a beautiful young woman who still seems like an 11 year old girl a lot of the time, in her interview.
Her story is horrible, sad, and terrifying all at the same time.  She is a strong, brave person who will no doubt find herself adjusting to life for a very long time.  I wish her and her daughters well.  They deserve all the happiness and joy that they can grab from life.

If you are interested in purchasing this book on the cheap, I have it listed on ebay.  Here is the link:

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