An instant #1 New York Times bestseller—Jaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.
In the summer of June of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother that 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 simply survived an intolerable situation. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.
I love how the author wrote from the perspective of the child she was when she got abducted. I cried when she is finally brought home.
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This book reminds me a lot of “Diary of a Young Girl” (Ann Frank).
I wasn’t more than a couple of minutes into the introduction before I was filled with rage and fury. Jaycee has a very young sounding voice and every natural instinct I have as a man is to protective her.
Listening to this girl, I feel nothing but hatred and disdain for Garrido. Though he clearly suffers from mental illness, I don’t care. I have no compassion at all.
As much as I didn’t want to continue to listen and be a second hand witness this nightmare, Jaycee deserves to be heard. Whether or not Jaycee is a good writer or storyteller, is irrelevant, she deserves our attention.
A stolen life
I have read this book a few times. But, the audiobook added another layer of personality. Getting to hear Jaycees true experience, in her voice, was so interesting.