My Story
For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

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  • Karin
    Sep 12, 2016


    Elizabeth Smart--most of us are old enough to remember when she was abducted, how her parents kept her in the news and the general story of what happened. This memoir doesn't start with the actual kidnapping; that happens several chapters later, and it doesn't end right at her rescue. ...

  • Lynn
    Aug 9, 2016


    I listened to this on audio, and while I was riveted by Elizabeth Smart's story and the horror that she endured, I have to agree with others who admit to having problems with the book itself.The audio is narrated by Elizabeth Smart herself, who very often took a sarcastic tone when rea...

  • Marla
    Sep 20, 2015


    I remember when Elizabeth was taken. It was horrific at the time and horrific again to listen to Elizabeth read her book about what happened to her. What a strong individual Elizabeth has become and I'm so glad she is living her life with joy and happiness so she doesn't give anymore p...

  • Aimee
    May 22, 2015


    You're not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.And you're not a little girl, Elizabeth. You weren't even a little girl way back in 2002.I'm sorry for Elizabeth for what happened to her, but that's all, and it's not going to be enough to carry her throughout adulthood.And her ghostwriter? He's s...

  • Kathy Worrell  ツ
    Apr 29, 2015

    Kathy Worrell ツ

    Elizabeth's story of her nine months of rape, torture, and abuse was horrific! I can't even express how sad and angry I felt reading about her kidnapping by that vile pedophile and his wife. Elizabeth Smart is an amazing woman! I love her attitude, her outlook, and her faith in the Lor...

  • Wanda
    Mar 18, 2015


    Strange things happen when I’m bored. I was in the public library, waiting for my laptop to digest some security updates and just happened to lean over and grab this book. “Oh, I remember this story,” I thought. “I’ll just read a few pages while the computer up...

  • Jeanette
    Dec 31, 2014

    Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"

    Out of respect for what she went through, and her willingness to put it all out there in detail, I'm giving this three stars. However, my rating comes with the qualifier that I probably would not have come even close to finishing the book if I had been reading it in print rather than l...

  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    Mar 19, 2014

    Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)

    "It's funny, some of the things that I remember, many of the details forever burned in my mind. It's as if I can still smell the air, hear the mountain leaves rustle above me, feel the fabric of the veil that Brian David Mitchell stretched across my face. I can picture every detail of ...

  • Jenifer
    Mar 19, 2014


    It's interesting to read an autobiographical account of an event that was so close to home. I remember so much about Elizabeth Smart's abduction, extended absence and rescue in the news at the time. I admire her strength and her willingness to reach out in support and advocation for th...

  • Gail
    Mar 6, 2014


    Definitely worth reading/listening to. Here are the problems -- the writing isn't amazing, which I can overlook, but the toughest thing was that it's read by Elizabeth Smart herself, who often reads it as though she is reading a children's book or a young adult to someone, as in "My Li...