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My Abandonment

A thirteen year old girl and her father live in Forest Park the enormous nature preserve in Portland Oregon There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter bathe in a nearby creek store perishables at the water’s edge use a makeshift septic system te. I like this book in a similar way to how I enjoyed Room they are both innocent perspectives Coincidentally I didn t realize My Abandonment was based on actual events or that it was meant to be YA it was recommended to me by a goodreads page that is definitely adult I figured out it was actual events pretty fast because it states that some things actually did happen at the beginning of the book The story is of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in a park and as I read I could tell it clearly follows the actual story for the first half of the book and then it became clear that no one knows what happened to these people for the second half I have found out since that no one knows what happened These parts are blurry to me and even the climax was poorly described and left me wondering what actually happened It did make fun of stupid kids who drink to be cool which I enjoyed but at the end I was left wondering too much including details that the book supposedly described

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Provoking a deeper flightInspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of a young narrator Caroline Peter Rock's My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope . Spare prose and an intriguing narrative with a narrator whose view of the world has been skewed by her unusual experiences with Father living in a cave in the forest park in Portland as well as the streets and condemned hotels of the city Caroline s judgment is clouded by her love for Father and her need to continue their routines and follow his leadSPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT The fact that Caroline wasn t who she had made herself believe she was kidnapped at 10 from her foster family was not a huge surprise but somewhat of a surprise as the narrative was steering me towards thinking her father was paranoid schizophrenic which would explain why he always thought people were watching him The whole psychology that Caroline has bought into in order to live her life the way Father has convinced her it must be lived means that even when she is free of Father in the physical sense he is still guiding her thoughts and actions She returns to the suburb where she was taken and realizes she is not like the people there or who she was when she lived among them Functionally she s an almost adult but she still retains the values that he taught her to be self reliant not to let people know too much about her to be constantly aware and in harmony with nature But there s also that creepy part that he taught her to look for someone not unlike who she was at 10 to be her daughtercompanionThe whole scene with Susan and Paul who they met in the yurt with all the electrical wires during the snowstorm was extremely creepy Who were those people Had Susan kidnapped Paul at a young age which would make them like us to Father s way of thinking Was she using crystal meth or something along those lines which would explain the lack of affect That Caroline pulled Father who had been electrocuted on the sled hid him during the party in the cave and afterwards found a place to secrete his body in the depths of the cave where he would not be found was fascinating This is an extremely thought provoking difficult read You want to root for Caroline and yet her choices are not the ones that most of us would make but they make sense given her circumstances


10 thoughts on “My Abandonment

  1. says:

    I like this book in a similar way to how I enjoyed Room they are both innocent perspectives Coincidentally I didn’t realize My Abandonment was based on actual events or that it was meant to be YA it was recommended to me by a goodreads page that is definitely adult I figured out it was actual events pretty fast because it states that some things actually did happen at the beginning of the book The story is of a man a

  2. says:

    As a Portland resident it was fun to hear descriptions of the city and Forest Park I enjoyed the writing style from 13 year old Caroline's perspectiveAfter reading some news stories about the true story behind th

  3. says:

    Let me start with the following I am so freaking confused by this bookWhen I read the back of the book I knew it was about a father and his 13 year old kid and they're trucking around all of Portland and living in the woods and all that That much is true And before I attempted to really get into the book I did some research on here and found that mostly it was well liked and the ones that weren't well liked well didn't give eno

  4. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book It was a fast thought provoking read; but it left me with many unanswered uestions particulary since it was based on a true case The beginning of the book seemed to include many facts that had been published in news articles but the ending was Peter Rock's fictional version I found some of this not to fit the characters The reference to Elizabeth Smart in the Acknowledgments was disturbing t

  5. says:

    A compelling and thought provoking book I live in Portland so I was familiar with the setting in Forest Park the city I was also familiar with the true story behind this novel A father daughter spent four years living in Forest Park

  6. says:

    Even though I have alredy sent this I am updating for my Best of 2009 list and this review goes along with Jennie Shortridge's WHEN SHE FLEWBoth of these are based on the true story of the father and pre teen da

  7. says:

    When I read the blurb for this book I couldn't wait to read it Totally my kind of story mixing human relationships against the backdrop of nature And it didn't disappoint; in fact it exceeded expectations I didn't expect it to be so w

  8. says:

    Spare prose and an intriguing narrative with a narrator whose view of the world has been skewed by her unusual experiences with Father living in a cave in the forest park in Portland as well as the streets and condemned hotels of the city Caroline's judgment is clouded by her love for Father and her need to conti

  9. says:

    I had forgotten that My Abandonment was largely based on a true story The author's website haspdf copies of the articles he was drawing from Somebody from Oregon and maybe the Pacific Northwest in general might remember when this was in the news but I wasn't familiar with it The second half of the book is Rock's imagined version of what might have happened to Frank and Ruthie in this book the girl is called Caroline a

  10. says:

    spoiler alertI found this retelling of an actual event where a girl was found living with her dad in Forest Park in Portland really compelling until the last 50 pages or so when the main character a young girl who was explained with such compassion throughout the first 34 of the books starts acting completely out of character Throughout the book we're reminded that she's a self sufficient highly intelligent 13 year old T

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