I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Freedom by Jaycee Dugard
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on July 12, 2016
Genres: Memoir, Non Fiction
Length: 5 hours, 58 minutes
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In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.
When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.
A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee’s life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next.
“How do you rebuild a life?” Jaycee asks.
In this book, she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grownup sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters’ first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend’s wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.
This raw and inspiring book will remind listeners that there is, as Jaycee writes, “life after something tragic happens…Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take.”
It’s been about six years since Jaycee Dugard was rescued from her insidious abductors and captors. While she devotes some of the story to her method of recovery, this is primarily a journal of experiences she found moving or had a memorable or lasting impact.
I found most of the examples pretty mundane, more like a chronicle of the experience without any special insights. However, the last couple of hours provide that enlightenment. You have to remind yourself that Jaycee is at times that young, 11-year old girl going through the experience and at others, the 36-year old woman making sense of it all. I’m amazed at her resilience and outlook and find her to be remarkable.
This wasn’t the story I was expecting but it really did reinforce my opinion of her being pretty special. Her foundation isn’t just something to shelter income, it’s truly an extension of who she is and what she wants to do with her life. In this sense, her story is enlightening. I very much like that she’s the narrator, too, as it’s her voice that makes a difference.
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