On friday my dear friend, with excellent taste in books, Kara, recommended Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I was hesitant at first, only because it isn't set in the U.S. It starts out in an airport in Bangkok. Gemma is on her way from London to, I forget where, with her parents. Her mom is an art collector and her dad is a banker.
She has a little spat with them, and goes to get a coffee, where she meets a man who seems a bit familiar. In little time at all, the man, Ty, has drugged her, changed her clothes and whisks her off to the middle of a huge desert in Australia. I won't get into the why and how, because that's part of the whole story.
The book is sort of like a horror movie, actually. Ty acts like a monster, so did Michael Myers. But after Rob Zombie gave Michael a little history, it was easier to see why he acted that way. That doesn't excuse the monster-like behavior at all, but it does make one maybe a bit sympathetic toward the individual.
On a lesser scale, you can look at the 4PTSs. They act like monsters, but we never know why, thus they come across as just dirtbags we don't what to learn more about. If you look at the girls in The Clique, you learn WHY they act like jerks, and so it is easier to be sympathetic toward them, than the 4PTSs.
Lucy Christopher has made Ty into a multi-dimensional character, unlike Blume's PSTs.
Where was I going? I don't know.
Kara said that this book stayed with her for a long time. It will be the same way for me.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.