Stolen - Elizabeth Gilpin


By Elizabeth Gilpin

  • Release Date: 2021-07-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 127 Ratings


A gripping chronicle of psychological manipulation and abuse at a “therapeutic” boarding school for troubled teens, and how one young woman fought to heal in the aftermath.

At fifteen, Elizabeth Gilpin was an honor student, a state-ranked swimmer and a rising soccer star, but behind closed doors her undiagnosed depression was wreaking havoc on her life. Growing angrier by the day, she began skipping practices and drinking to excess. At a loss, her parents turned to an educational consultant who suggested Elizabeth be enrolled in a behavioral modification program. That recommendation would change her life forever.

The nightmare began when she was abducted from her bed in the middle of the night by hired professionals and dropped off deep in the woods of Appalachia. Living with no real shelter was only the beginning of her ordeal: she was strip-searched, force-fed, her name was changed to a number and every moment was a test of physical survival. 

After three brutal months, Elizabeth was transferred to a boarding school in Southern Virginia that in reality functioned more like a prison. Its curriculum revolved around a perverse form of group therapy where students were psychologically abused and humiliated. Finally, at seventeen, Elizabeth convinced them she was rehabilitated enough to “graduate” and was released.

In this eye-opening and unflinching book, Elizabeth recalls the horrors she endured, the friends she lost to suicide and addiction, and—years later—how she was finally able to pick up the pieces of her life and reclaim her identity.


  • Outstanding

    By Mazewald
    I’m sure I can’t adequately express the magnitude of this book in a simple review. It was so powerful and heartbreaking at the same time. The horrors this “school” put her and the other students through is criminal. I hope her family has read this account and finally (!) understands what she endured. No child deserves this. No one.
  • I forgot that this was memoir

    By ILuvGSisters
    As I read, I forgot that this book was a memoir. Everything I was reading truly didn’t seem like something that could actually happen and be real life. But then I got to the end and was like oh my gosh this person really went through this. It was a really good book. The only thing is that the beginning is a little slow but if you push through it’s a great book.