A Stolen Life
By: Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee was kidnapped at a very young age by Phillip Garrido and his wife the day on June 10, 1991 and she was held in captivity for 18 years and she was found on August 26, 2009. She always had a rough life even before she was kidnapped. Jaycee had a stepfather who would often be rude to her and abuse her verbally as a child.

What genre is "A Stolen Life"?

Biography (Non- Fiction)

Setting

The author grew up in Anaheim, California but during the time she was kidnapped, she was currently living in Tahoe, California and in the Garrido's back yard.

Character

Jaycee Dugard:

During the time she was held in captivity, she felt lonely and like she didn't have much say in any decisions in her life. For her first 11 years she spent with her mom and step father, she really did not have much say in her life. When she was around 10 or 11, all she wanted for her birthday was a dog. She would beg her mother for a dog, but her mother would say the same thing every time she asked, no. When she was first captured, she felt sick. She felt like she wanted to throw up and she wanted to go back to her house and have her normal life back. She felt lonely while she was captured and the only place she would ever feel safe was at her home in Tahoe, California. Every time she would go to sleep at her new "home", she would always hope that her new life now was just a terrible nightmare.

The Garrido's

The Garrido's kidnapped Jaycee for more than 15 year. Phillip Garrido sexually abused of her and caused her to get pregnant twice. They fed her countless lies and treated her poorly. Once Phillip finally captured Jaycee, he could not believe he actually got away with it.

Conflict

Obviously, the conflict is that the main character was kidnapped for about 18 years.The only person who saw the whole crime scene was Jaycee's stepfather Once he saw everything from their garage, he immediately called the police so the could go out and find her. While she was kidnapped, she was raped and she got pregnant twice. Now she has 2 daughters in which she gave birth to at the age of 14 and 17. During the time she was captured, she wrote a journal explaining how she felt each day. She would feel unloved, scared of the Garrido's, lonely.

Mood

The mood of this book is mainly sad and depressing because she is basically explaining how she felt each day she was held captured.

Highlight from the book

"I decided to write this book for two reasons. One reason is that Phillip Garrido believes no one should find out what he did to an eleven-year-old girl. . . me. He also believes he is not responsible for his actions. I believe differently. I believe that everyone should know exactly what he and his wife Nancy were doing all these years in their backyard. I believe I shouldn't be ashamed for what happened to me, and I want Phillip Garrido to know that I no longer have to keep his secret. And that he is most certainly responsible for stealing my life and the life I should have had with my family

I'm also writing my story in the hopes that it will be of help to someone going through, hopefully not similar conditions, but someone facing a difficult situation of their own—whatever that. may be. It's easy for people to be horrified and shocked when someone is abducted, but what about all the other adults and kids living in sad homes? My goal is to inspire people to speak out when they see that something is not quite right around them. We live in a world where we rarely speak out and when someone does, often nobody is there to listen. My hope is that society changes in regards to how we treat someone who speaks out. I know I am not the only child to be hurt by a crazy adult. I am sure there are still the families that look great on the outside, but if someone were to delve deeper they would discover horrors beyond belief."

Connections

I really do not have any connections because I was never held in captivity for 18 years. I have not suffered as much as Jaycee has. I can just say I am truly thankful because none of the horrifying things that had happened to Jaycee have happened to me.  

Why did I like this book?

It really opened up my eyes of how grateful I am to be here at my school. Jaycee did not know she was getting kidnapped until one day this van stops right besides Jaycee and they caught her and put her in the van. This all happened at her bus stop. Imagine one day your walking down the road and a car just stops and kidnaps you. You were not expecting any of that just to happen.

Who would I recommend this book to and why should the viewer go out and get this book?

I would recommend this book to anyone really because this book really opens up your eyes and you realize how grateful you are to just have a family and a place to sleep. Jaycee suffered night after night worrying about how her next day may be like.

Has she written any other books?

She currently has not written any other books.