Title: A Stolen Life: A Memoir
Author: Jaycee Dugard
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 288
Rating: 2/5

This is the memoir of Jaycee Dugard, a girl kidnapped at age 11 and held captive for eighteen years.

This is a very difficult book to review, because the life Dugard has endured is so horrific. That's why it's difficult to write a slightly negative review, as I felt this book read sort of incomplete.

The biggest focus of this book in on the earliest years of her captivity, which I think is a little sad. I felt like this book had so many holes in the story, and it didn't stick as deep as I thought it would. I would very much have liked to read more about how she raised her daughters in such an environment and more of her thoughts and feelings from her adulthood. There are pages filled with her journal entries from some years in her early twenties, but I think for me, as a reader, it didn't explain a lot of how she felt, even though I know it's meant to.

This book is quite simply written, which is not surprising, seeing as Dugard had so little education, but it does take away from some of the enjoyment. I do get the feeling that this book was a bit rushed as well. Maybe it would have been a better book if it had time to simmer and to grow alongside her for a couple of years. I definitely think it would've made it a lot better if she had help from a proffesional writer, because in a lot of ways it feels unfinished.

That being said, I think it's a very brave book, and probably one that was very hard to write. And I think her outlook on life and how positive she seems after regaining her freedom, that's a true accomplishment.

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