A Stolen Life- Jaycee Dugard

The other day, I was going through the books in the iBook store on my iPad trying to find one that interested me. I came across Jaycee Dugar...

The other day, I was going through the books in the iBook store on my iPad trying to find one that interested me. I came across Jaycee Dugard's book, and it caught my eye. I am a lover of reading autobiographies- something about reading about someone's life that actually happened- love it. And I had heard of Jaycee, on the news and stuff. I never really followed it or knew much about it, so it was something new to learn about!

OMG what an awesome book! It took me longer than usual to read, not because of the length, but because I had to put it down and take a break a couple times. While it was an awesome book, it was also sad. Really sad. It was really interesting to kind of see (through Jaycee's description) how Phillip and Nancy brainwashed her, which in turn made it impossible for her to escape, even though she had plenty of chances. They took her shopping all the time, and she lived in a fenced backyard...easily escapable!

There were a lot of parts I liked that I bookmarked while reading it, but here's one of my favs.

"My least favorite thing to do is sit in the office and talk, but my therapist has found a way to make it interesting for me. I love metaphors and she has come up with the idea of lighting candles to symbolize my past, present, and future. My past and present were the two candles we started with; she would ask me what I would like to start with or deal with today. I would light up either my past or present depending on my answer. During the last few sessions we've used the candles, I've noticed my past melting more and more and becoming duller and duller in light. To me, a lover of imagery, this is my past slowly extinguishing itself becoming something that's been melted. Shifting and changing into something completely different that the way I saw it when it was first lit. Remarkably, my present candle has stayed pretty much exactly the way it was when we first lighted it, which to me, symbolizes continuity. My future candle is a special one. From the first time I lit it to this day, it has burned brighter than the other two put together..." (Dugard, 250)

I thought this whole candle idea was really awesome :)

Anyways, go read it!!

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  1. Great blog! Loved it.


  2. You are getting really good at the braids!

  3. I have read a lot about this memoir but just don't know if I'm strong
    enough to listen to it. Just thinking about what she went through makes
    my stomach hurt.

    Maycee (SEO Dallas)


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