When 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom back in 2002 by a stranger brandishing a wickedly serrated knife, she thought, ”He is going to hurt or kill me!” Yet she did not panic. And over the next nine months, as she endured rape, hunger, thirst, filth, and piercing cold, she refused to cave in to despair. ”The realization that my family would still love me proved to be the turning point,” she writes. ”I would do whatever it took to live.” It’s inspiring to read about her ordeal — what backbone, what grit! — but it’s also tough, since she’s so detailed and graphic. If the book, My Story, has a flaw, it’s that it ends on a weirdly abrupt note, glossing over both Smart’s recovery and her recent children’s advocacy work in just a couple of pages. B
TRUE GRIT Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart details her ordeal in My Story
Genre: Memoir; Author: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart; Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Posted October 21 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT
- J.J. Abrams says screening 'Force Awakens' for Disney bosses was 'horrifying'
- 'Flash'-'Arrow' bosses & cast preview epic crossover with 'Legends of Tomorrow'
- 'Magic Mike' star: 'Channing Tatum does not like me'
- Benny Boom in talks to step in as director of Tupac biopic
- Andrew Lincoln tells you what is coming up next on 'The Walking Dead'
- See the Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' toss a keg 23 feet in the air
- Hear Beyoncé on Coldplay's new song