I read this book for my YA Book Club
. Here is the goodreads description:
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
WOW! This book is crazy! First off it is very short. I read in about 2 hours. I hadn't heard of it before until my book club picked it for this month's book of the month. This book is about a girl who is abducted in the 5th grade and is forced to live with a man for 5 years. He has done it before and threatens that if she leave or do anything he will hurt her family.
I will say that it was a good book, but I don't know why anyone wants
to read this. It is sooo depressing. The worst part is this really
happens to people. Here is an article form one case:
girl was kept for 18 years.. and the man even fathered two children
Another story is the story of Steven Stayner.. how sad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Stay...
big story is of Elizabeth Smart. That case was horrible as well. I
lived in Salt Lake at the time and it was always on the news. I still
can't believe that girl was taken right out of her room. Now there is a
girl who turned her life around and is a wonderful woman now. I guess
this just goes to show that you can go back to normal society after all
the mental and sexual abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_S...
Here is a great video on her turning her life around
This book will disturb me for a long time.... I am not really sure if it should be classified as young adult.