A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Across the world we have all heard about Jaycee Dugard.  A little girl abducted in 1991 and made a prisoner for 18 years.  She suffered unspeakable abuse, forced to take on another name and identity by her captors, giving birth to her babies in captivity, and losing her innocence.

This book is written by Jaycee herself (and not a ghost writer), and it is brutally honest. It is powerful, heart wrenching, and it makes you squirm, cry and want to punch people like her abuser. Jaycee navigates through the confusion, deciphering the mental, emotional and physical damage done to her and her family.  The book is an attempt to understand how her life was stolen from her, to accept and to move on. This is not a book about “look I am a victim!”  This is an inspirational book about hope, courage, will power and survival. Yet the book will move you to tears.

I usually read books very quickly but this book I had to keep putting it down.  Not because it was boring.  But because it overwhelmed me, it got to me. Jaycee writes from her soul, she pours her emotions and heart out so honestly that it shakes you to the core.  Her compassion shines through the book, her strength, and what I loved is she doesn’t indulge in self-pity.  And she is now doing things she dreamed of. An incredible woman. I am simply humbled.  Life can definitely start over.

Rating: 9/10 

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