You probably remember hearing the story of Jaycee Dugard, the girl who was abducted on her way to school by a disgusting sexual and emotional abuser and his wife, Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard is the story in her words, as she remembers it. She tells her story of abduction all the way to her current life. Throughout the story, she has intermixed some reflections of how she feels at this time about what happened in the past, or other information that she had learned.
This is not an easy story to read because it’s heartbreaking. Jaycee was held captive in tents and backyard housing for 18 years, and in that time gave birth to two children.
But Jaycee and her children were rescued (this is not a spoiler, this was national news), and it’s her honest, true story. She’s also an inspiration. If Jaycee can get through this horrific time in her life, can’t we also do the same? She’s so strong and motivated to do the best for others and her family. She even started the JAYC Foundation, which focuses on reuniting families that have been separated as well as with therapy and workshops for children.
I enjoyed reading it, even though it was tough. It’s a real-life version of Room by Emma Donoghue, and all the more moving because of that.