Stolen Diary

Young Adult - Coming of Age
328 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2023
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Stolen Diary by Kathryn Lane follows the story of a challenged yet genius Jasmin who learns to love herself despite the hurdles thrown her way. Jasmin was very young when she realized her mother didn’t love her. While her father and grandfather loved her dearly, Jasmin and her mother Leticia never formed a good relationship. Born a genius, Jasmin lives in a world of her own where she loves animals, music, math, physics, and more. From kidnappings to finding her way in an education system that does not understand her brand of genius, Jasmin has to learn to adapt, regroup and figure out the secrets of her family that have been kept hidden from her.

Stolen Diary deserved a second read and I was so glad that I did. Jasmin is a complicated character. I didn’t exactly understand her but it got better as the story continued. It was only when I reached the second part of the tale that I realized the genius of the author. Kathryn Lane has allowed Jasmin to tell her own story by guiding it forward and luring the reader in. Jasmin's character becomes clearer as she grows older and begins to understand her genius and the world around her. I loved how the story is divided into three parts, each focusing on a chunk of years from aspects of her life. While Jasmin certainly had more excitement in her life than I did at 14 years of age, I truly felt a connection with her when she was at Princeton University and trying to fit in with her peers. The complexity of the story is complemented by the complexity of Jasmin; she is enigmatic yet charismatic. The flow is exceptional and the pace is fast and Jasmin had me hooked. I highly recommend this book!