Book Review: 'Kidnapped'

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Tyler Lirette
Tyler Lirette
Reviewed by Tyler Lirette

In the genre of romantic fiction, “Kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson embodies enlivening crispness and ethical value. Set in 18th century Scotland, the novel depicts the adventure, or perhaps misadventure, of David Balfour.

Balfour, an average Scottish Lowlander of seventeen, is strewn inevitably from ordinary life by the death of his father. Unwittingly of David, his avaricious uncle  delivers him upon a vessel to be sold in the American colonies, but the cruiser capsizes.   Shipwrecked on the shore of his own homeland, David desperately endeavors to return home. On his expedition, however, he witnesses a murder for which he is mistakenly charged.

The clashing of family clans and Scottish dialogue, though potentially difficult for unconfident readers, emanates its realism and historic accuracy. Kidnapped is a must-read for any booklover.

Tyler Lirette recently completed his junior year in the academically gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys writing, cross-country, jiu jitsu, and technology troubleshooting.


Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.

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