this is a bitter sweet story. it gets a little slow when all you hear about are cats but over all it's a story that should be heard to understand the courage it must have taken to be written at all.
The first half of this book is very disturbing. Dugard has a very small, girlish voice and when she reads the parts of the book where she is young you can hear the vulnerability and innocence in her younger self. It makes it even harder to comprehend what she endured. As she is older her voice does get a little more mature but it does still have a very girlish quality to it. It is somewhat difficult to sit through her reading, partially because of her voice and partially because of the words she has written.
That being said, this book has had a profound impact on me. She has shown how resilient the human spirit is. How strong and adaptive one can be when forced. How caring a soul can be even in the direst of circumstances. But also how cruel and self-absorbed some people can be. How manipulative and perverse.
My favorite part of the book is when she talks about her life now. It isn't rosy and she doesn't paint it that way. It's the story of real people coping with their reality being turned upside down and trying to find their own way in the world. They all have many, many years of therapy to go through, but it seems she passed her strength on to her daughters. They are survivors, too
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a story of triumph over darkness. It is all the more poignant in that Jaycee is the narrator. Her story reminds us there is always hope that life can be better, and is a testament to the invincibility of the human spirit to not only survive but to prosper.
This is not a fun book. It tells us what we all want to know. What was her life for the 18 years she was missing? The nightmare was told by Jaycee herself and I could hear the confusion, anguish, dispair, and every other negative emotion anyone could ever experience in her voice. I was glad I listened to it instead of reading. I am glad I heard her story for her and will be wishing her well for the rest of my life.
I have difficulty in puting the rating. If I were to think of this work as a novel or a piece of art work then I would probably find it easier to rate. Those who are seeking for any element of literature or art will not find much in here. I also find the reader's voice hard for me to follow. Some time, it felt like the story loses cohenrence.
However, I could not stop. There is some compelling thing I can't name made me going through. What ever this woman was telling was true. Despite knowing that it's true, and even feeling that it's true, it's still almost impossible to envision the suffering, the cruelty that this person went through.
I could not help but cried, many times.
Reading this book I realised every human being suffers, yet, there is no limit to the number of ways of suffering as well as the pain it brings. If one cares about the goodness of human being and wants to seek the meaning of life then perhaps this shall be a worthy reading.
I was afraid to read her memoir because I knew the details would be horrendous. First of all, she does an amazing job reading her memoir to us, it nice to hear the voice of this innocent victim. She also shares very profound life lessons about how an abuser can control and exert power over another person. She also provides thought provoking insight on our social values, or lack thereof. JC was among us in broad daylight, shopping, at schools, at the beach. She was afraid to make eye contact because she was afraid someone would recognize her. Overtime she began to realize that it didn't matter, because nobody cared.
Jaycee is an amazing woman to tell her story, and heal through it's telling. She is so honest and a natural story teller. I'm thrilled she is able to fulfill her dream of being a writer; funny how good can come out of such awfulness.
The insanity she had to endure is heart wrenching, but she tells her story in a way that gives details, but focuses on feelings as opposed to actions.
May you continue to find the person you were deprived of becoming all those years in captivity Jaycee !
Her story is so sad and will make you angry that she wasn't found years ago. It is very graphic and it was hard to hear. I know it was her story, but it is so upsetting that this poor child was put through this torture.
By the end of the story, you are amazed that Jaycee has become so normal and rational as she is.
She is an amazing woman!!!!
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Despite being a month or so younger than Jaycee, I never remembered hearing about her kidnapping at the time. On the morning of June 10, 1991, she was abducted from the bus stop within sight of the home where she lived with her mother Terry, her stepfather Karl and her baby sister. This is a candid and often shocking memoir of that time and the unspeakable cruelties that were visited upon her by a convicted sex offender and his wife, right under the noses of his parole officers, none of whom ever suspected a thing. Jaycee is no professional narrator but in spite or even because of that the story is even more rivetting. She leaves out no detail, even describing, albeit usually only once, the sexual perversities to which she was subjected and the conflicting emotions that raged through her constantly. But one also has a sense of the indomitable spirit and love for her mother that carried her through until the fateful August day, now approaching two years ago, when she was finally reunited with her family after eighteen years of hell. She's a woman to be respected, not merely because she survived this ordeal and later found the courage to write it down and even narrate it herself, but because of the fact that in her own words she's chosen not to pollute her body and spirit by allowing herself to hate the ones who stole her life from her. Because if I had gone through a similar experience I don't think I'd have it in me not to hate those who took away my life and to hate them bitterly at that. After hearing this I can say that Jaycee Lee Dugard is someone I can look up to and would be honored were I ever to have the chance to meet her.