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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard ****

The book I read was “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard. I really did enjoy the book. I wanted something similar to “The lovely bones” and it was. It was really good. I liked how the book was written by Jaycee herself and she was able to tell the readers her experience from her very own words. I also enjoyed how in the beginning of the book she talks as if she were 11 years old being kidnapped.

In the beginning of this book she was really specific about family members, school , friends and stuff like that which i liked because it kinda gave me visual of what her life was like or say have a little glimpse of what her family and friends would of been like. She was really open and told the reader alot of things , such as what she enjoyed doing as a kid. Besides the detailed parts of her own childhood , Jaycee was also really descriptive about the time and day she got kidnapped I was able to contemplate in my head what that day would of been like and how she was feeling and when and where the incident all happened.

Another thing I also enjoyed about this book were the picture she had on some pages that the reader was able to look at which for me made myself feel a little more connected to the book. Although this book was really good , something I disliked about this book was the reflections in between the chapters. I did like reading them cause she was able to tell us how she felt or her point of view from that certain incident whatever chapter it was but i kinda wished there was just a whole reflection at the end of the book, towards the very end. I would of much rather read her reflection at the very end of the story and knowing her input on things.

Something that challenged me in this book would be having to read about what happened to her in the time period she was kidnapped and what Phillip Garrido would do to her and how horrible the whole time was for her and how she never was able to have a normal childhood due to Phillip and his wife Nancy. He was a disgusting man and it was kinda hard to read about the things he would do to her.Something that made me think was that this book was based on a real life story and things like that happen everyday to many of kids and it made me wanted to be even more cautious of my surroundings and of my siblings surroundings as well.

Overall this book was really good and Jaycee was really courageous to share her story with the rest of us. I would definitely recommend this for someone to read.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.