Stolen by Lucy Christopher

When hearing the title or seeing the orange butterfly, I always get the idea that this book is some teeny-bopper love story. It wasn't. This book has been making waves and I just had to see what it's about for my sake. I was entranced. I was thrilled. I was melancholic. I was in love. I was hopeful. I was devastated. It made me feel too much and that's why it deserves the Michael Printz award/stamp.


 Gemma Toombs, her mom and her dad are in Bangkok Airport. They are about to catch their next flight to their next destination. It's a school vacation and they're traveling the world to buy and sell paintings. Her mom is a curator while her dad is a stockbroker. They come from London.

Gemma decides to stray away from her parents for a while to get coffee. In the small coffee shop at the airport, she notices this attractive-looking guy who's been following her around in their recent trips. He has this air of familiarity in him but she can't really point out what it is.

When she looks for money in her purse, she realizes that she's short then the mystery guy volunteers to pay for it. They sit together at the same table and talked. The guy's name is 'Ty'.

Our protagonist gets dizzy. Ty leads her around the airport. There are several happenings in between; Ty changed her clothes, he feeds her this cream-filled chocolates, she was dragged around in different airports and then she was zipped and locked inside a suitcase.

When she regains consciousness, she realizes she's in the middle of a red desert where there's no civilization. She immediately develops this huge amount of hatred towards her captor, Ty.

She realizes she's in Australia. She tried to escape several times and Ty never fails to come to her rescue.

Ty addresses his love for her. Gemma is disgusted and confused.

One day she gets bitten by a snake and the only way for her to survive is to get to civilization.


If you don't want to be genuinely sad for no reason but the story of this book, don't read this.

There's always this effect of being emotionally invested when we encounter beautiful broken characters. I have got the chills from this Tyler MacFarlane dude, you know! But like Gemma, I loved him too. I was ripped. I don't know if I like him better to be saved or locked up. Fortunately, the heroine did the right thing. The author did the right thing with this story!

It made me think who was really crazy. If a person is brought up in a certain way and was made to think like he does from experience, I don't really consider them to be crazy. I think Gemma was the crazy one, she always felt like she needed to go when going wasn't really a choice. She could have been smarter from the very start and used his feelings against him. I don't really blame her anyway. 

He loved her too much that he kept her for himself but he loved her enough to let her live even if it meant letting her go and sacrificing his freedom.

The part where I'm totally decided that this book is unfathomably too good for any adjective:

  "But I'll tell them of your other side too. The side I saw sometimes when you spoke softly to the camel and when you gently touched the leaves of the saltbush; only taking what you needed. And the times you rescued me. I will tell them how you chose prison rather than let me die. Because you did, didn't you? You knew, right from when that snake bit me it was all over. When I asked you to stay with me on the plane, you did it knowing you were turning yourself in. And I am grateful, Ty, don't get me wrong. But I gave up my life for you too, once... back in Bangkok Airport. And I had no choice.


Shelver 506 | December 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

As you know, this book wasn't my favorite, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Shelver @ Bookshelvers Anon

Loraine | December 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

To Shelver 506: Yes! :) and thank you. Thanks for stopping by to mine as well.

Jenny Q | December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

This book blew me away! Thanks for stopping by my review, and thanks for sharing yours!

Lectus | December 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM

I would definitely like to read a book about the search for Emma.
At times I though Emma was being silly but then I remembered that she is just a teenager and didn't have experience.

Why Ty loved Emma like that?
Totally psycho :-)

Anne Bennett | December 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Thanks for dropping by my blog. This was one of my favorite books I read last year. I still want to reread it.

Loraine | December 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

To Jenny O: Consider me blown as well ;) Thank you also for dropping by!

To Lectus: If you ask me, I'd like to read a book about how Ty's mind works and whether what he said about her parents were true, that they might have sent her away for boarding school. Because you never know. It will clarify things for me. But the book isn't about clarifying the readers, it was there to confuse. >.< Thanks for stopping by my blog Lectus!

To Anna Bennet: You're welcome girl! :D Thanks for dropping by mine as well.

Teddyree | December 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Wonderful review, you already know how much I loved it. I loved Lucy Christopher's writing and her portrayal of Tyler messed with my head lol

Loraine | December 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

To Teddyree: Thank you! Same here. I think the portrayal of Tyler was really meant to mess not only with people's heads but feelings as well.

Tilly | January 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Amazing review this book is one of my favorites it's stunning !!

Loraine | January 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

To Tilly: Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by! :) It is stunning, indeed.

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