|Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at the age of eleven and was held captive for eighteen years.|
Can you imagine leaving everything you've ever known at the age of eleven? Spending more time with your kidnappers than with your own family? Jaycee writes this story as a part of her therapy. What I find extremely admirable is how strong Jaycee appears to be. Never once does she come from a place of anger or resentment.
It is an absolutely incredible story to read, a true miracle that she remained alive. It makes me wonder how many girls like Jaycee do not make it back to their families. Jaycee probably wouldn't have if it wasn't for what happened to her at the end. When kidnapped at such a young age one becomes dependent on their captors, for this is your means of survival. You begin to look forward to the human contact with them and they become all you know. I feel like with Jaycee, her captivity produced a Stockholm effect in ways that took her as far as protecting the two people who stole her life.
This story is not for the faint of heart, it is difficult to read at times, but I strongly recommend it for anyone who is looking to just care.
Have you read "A Stolen Life"?
What is your favorite memoir?