Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet:
letting her go.
This book destroyed me. Everything was beautiful in the beginning, and then BAM! everything good down the fucking drain. I cried in 3AM while read Collared, cried so much that I woke up my sister. I thank God, that I went and requsted this book, because it was best thing I have ever done. This book is everything, heartbreak, love, lost, survival, and most of all hope that everything will turn out right.
This book show the real side of the world. It shows that there are evil people who are ready for anything. Today we see more and more children who have been found after so many years in captivity, but there are many who aren’t found, who still lost and maybe dead. As much as I don’t want to think about it, it’s there in the back of my mind. This book might not be a real story, but many people, who survived kidnapping and captivity, can relate to this story. Because this story dives so deep into the heart, and just squeezes your heart until it pops, until you can’t do anything but cry, sob and scream. I was afraid. I was scared. Those two words are the same, but those two words hold so much meaning. Someone should have warned me when I started reading this book, someone should have said something, someone should have pulled me away from this book the moment I started reading it. Because damn it hurt so much, to watch Jade go through her captivity, even though it was in flashbacks, watch her get slowly brainwashed like a poor animal in the zoo. Trying to escape from the chains that hold you and the man gloats on your weaknesses.
The baby elephant stops fighting. It learns it can’t break the chain no matter how hard it fights, so it just…It gives up trying to escape.
“Elephants don’t need to coexist with us. They don’t ask to be around us. They don’t want to. The reason they coexist with humans is because we’ve taken them from their homes and forced them into a life they’d never choose. They’re here because someone took them from their lives in Africa or Asia or they took their parents and grandparents, because some asshole decided they wanted an elephant, and why the hell not?”
Jade found herself in a elephant, while she watched the little elephant chained, she saw herself chained, she once was an elephant, chained learning to be helpless and alone. She saw herself in the elephant because the elephant was slowly being brainwashed and taught to believe that there is no way out and giving up.
“You can’t just take something because you want it. YOU CAN’T JUST FUCK WITH ITS FREEDOM THEN CHAIN IT UP AND FUCK WITH ITS HEAD TOO.”
YOU CAN’T JUST FUCK WITH ITS FREEDOM THEN CHAIN IT UP AND FUCK WITH ITS HEAD TOO. This is the sentence that stuck to me throughout the book. Because there are people who are capable doing just that. They can take away you freedom, and they can slowly take away everything you hold dear, your memories, your love, and most of all your hope. This story isn’t about love, it’s about survival. It was about moving on, and trying to live with it.
I won’t go into details, but I will tell you few thing. Jade was a normal 17-year old teenager, who had a boyfriend named Torrin, she loved him, but she lost him the day her whole life crumbled. She lost her family, her friends and she lost the person she loved the most. She was kidnapped, driven away from everyone she loved, thrust into a world she never asked for. And then she returns, but now, nothing is the same as it was before she was stolen. Everything has changed. Ten years have passed, and Jade is trying to get hold of her life. She realizes that the only person that really care about her was Torrin, who searched for her and never lost hope someday Jade will turn up.
You brought me back…when everyone else just kind of left me behind.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO EVERYONE. I AM SERIOUS BUY IT, READ IT. LOVE IT. BECAUSE I DID.
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