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Nd a garden even keep a library of sorts Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them which derails their entire existence ultimately. 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 to me

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My Abandonment

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

Peter Rock Ò 4 Summary

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. 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 enough reason for me to be completely turned offMy issues aren t that it s not well written It s written just fine I guess my issue is that it s very bland I went and did this And then I did this And then I turned the corner making sure I was away from Father It s very dry I never get into the mind of this character the book is through the daughter s perspective I never understand how she is feeling or what is going on with her psyche I mean this guy is basically shlepping her around these random places and you have no idea where they re going or what she REALLY thinks of it And that just bugs meWhat also bugs me is the fact that the father is a bit on the creeper side He continuously calls his daughter my heart whichjust freaks me out I don t know it rubs me the wrong way I was worried that at any moment it was going to get incestuous because the relationship between these two individuals is justnot healthy I get why she might be clingy to her father seeing as I don t know she s been living like a nomad for about four years of her formative life in the woods but the way her father brushes her hair and says all these things to her sounds like he s in love with her and not caring for her in a father to daughter relationship Another thing that really bugs me is the fact that the father is clearly not right in the head and I don t ever think it is established how un right in the head he is It s just one big ball of confusing mass he keeps saying they re being watched and eventually his excuses of move move move get so grating and annoying that every time he talks about them being watched I literally react like this Maybe I m being too harsh but do you know when you finally figure shit out Like in the last twenty pages That s frustrating as hell While I kept reading it because I was nervous that something awful was going to happen to the girl the ending is justridiculous There are so many uestions I want to ask and I want to understand but I can t because the book never actually answers anything I don t know I just feel like this book was 200 pages of nothing I really didn t understand anything that was going on This girl had someone who may have been her father May not have been her father I m just sitting here confused I feel robbed I want those hours back and I want them back now


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 and his daughter who we

  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 this novel it'

  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 foun

  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

  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

  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 daughter who lived off the grid

  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 well written Why? I admit I'd never heard of writer Peter Rock before But based on this book I hope he has some awards waiting for him down the road He's another one of those writers who flies under t

  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 c

  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 rem

  10. says:

    spoiler alertI found this retelling of an actual event where a girl was found living with her dad in Forest Park i