Instaread Summary of Freedom My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard
Five out of five stars
Jaycee Dugard was abducted when she was eleven by Phillip and Nancy Garrido and held captive for eighteen years. During that time, she gave birth to two daughters, the original purpose for the abduction was for her to be a sex slave. Once she was released, she was physically an adult but had not passed through the socially awkward teen years. Therefore, at the age of thirty, she found it necessary to learn the things that one normally does when going from a pre-teen to an adult in American society.
According to the summary, the book is very positive in tone, there is very little recrimination or expressed bitterness towards her captors. Humor is used to describe some of the unusual circumstances where Jaycee is learning how to do things such as drive a car, shop for goods and cook wholesome and delicious food.
One of the main themes of the book is the role that pets and other animals can have in therapy and recovery from trauma. While several animal types are mentioned, the emphasis is on horses. The value of having close relationships with animals is not news to people like myself that spent time living on a farm. Yet, it is an important lesson that always is worthy of relearning.
Dr. Rebecca Bailey is described as Jaycee’s primary therapist, so it is clear that there has been a great deal of work done in re-integrating Jaycee into the world. That is mentioned in the summary along with Jaycee’s work in developing mechanisms for people like herself that need to adjust to society after years of being isolated from the world.
This is a great summary, for it gives the reader enough of the book to understand that while Jaycee will always have to live with her experiences, they are not controlling her life and what she does from now on.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.