This book really made me think, especially about all the dysfunctional relationships disguised as romance in YA novels and movies.
I had an interesting conversation with one of my nieces about this book (she read it during our family reunion). She's twenty-four years old and she felt as conflicted as I did about how this book ended. We were both frustrated with ourselves (or the book--it's hard to tell) because we kept wanting the relationship between Gemma and her kidnapper to develop. How sick is that?
We talked about the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, in which a group of young women are abducted by a group of supposedly well-meaning young men. These girls are upset at first but soon grow to love their kidnappers. My niece and I both grew up loving that musical, but now that we've read Stolen we're disgusted with it.
Since reading Stolen I've spent a lot of time thinking about why I think such creepy behavior by the hero/love interest is not only okay but romantic in some of the books/movies I read/watch. It's funny (read: frightening) how some women/teens find abusive/crazy behavior romantic.
I'm glad that I read this book. I'm glad Lucy Christopher wrote it. It's a quick read but it speaks volumes. I can't stop thinking about it.
I recommend everyone read this book.