“A place longing to come alive again. It’s a place for disappearing, you’d said, a place for getting lost…and for getting found.”–Gemma Toombs, Stolen
- Here’s what happens:
- Sixteen-year-old Gemma Toombs is kidnapped from the Bangkok airport by a handsome stranger–though he might not be as strange as she thinks (meant in both senses of the word). He whisks her way to the remote and dusty Australian outback and their relationship begins to mutate into something rather unexpected in this isolated expanse of desert.
- It’s good because:
- It’s a compelling premise, and Gemma’s conflicted relationship with Ty, her kidnapper, is unique and interesting. It is young adult, and at times feels quite young as Gemma ponders Ty’s muscular physique and other teenaged girl musings, but it’s overall an enjoyable read.
- Read if:
- You’re looking for a quick read. Gemma is a relatable narrator, and even though I had a pretty good idea of how the story would end, I was still pretty interested in what twists and turns in Gemma and Ty’s relationship awaited me on the next page.
Up next: Afghanistan with a Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.