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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 . 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 and her father goes by several names after they vanishedEntirely told in Caroline s straightforward even oddly matter of fact voice My Abandonment is a look at a life that s perfectly entirely normal to Caroline and completely alien to me and most readers She and her father live in a hidden camp in a national park apparently living off of his military pension It s definitely a strange way of life but her father obviously loves her very much in his own way and has been trying to provide for her in his own way It s pointed out that Caroline is very bright and has been remarkably well educated mostly from reading encyclopedias And yet bright as she is there s also an emotional strangeness to her voice probably from being a teenager with the same level of exposure to society at large as a small child would I liked that she was by no means a weak character even though she did defer to her fatherLater in the book Rock weaves in a few strands of story from the Elizabeth Smart case which I m uncomfortable about Ruthie and Frank are real people after all and presumably still alive I am not comfortable with writing a book transparently and obviously based on their life stories and adding an entirely new element to it view spoilerIt s heavily heavily implied though never outright stated that Caroline s father actually kidnapped her as a small child and raised her to believe that she was his daughter hide spoiler

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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. 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 s even intriguing to me The Sunday Potluck Club (The Sunday Potluck Club, thirteen year old girl and her father live in Forest Park The Mission Primer the enormous nature preserve in Portland Oregon There Decorum the water’s edge use a makeshift septic system Zen Doodle Unleashed te. As a Portland resident it was fun DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi the city and Forest Park I enjoyed Folk Shawls the writing style from 13 year old Caroline s perspectiveAfter reading some news stories about Why Knock Rock? the Fiction Writers Workshop true story behind Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch this novel it s even intriguing Fabricate to me

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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


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 fa

  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's even intriguing to me

  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 wood

  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 fi

  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 in a shelter the father built He home schooled the daughter using his own knowledge a set of encyclopedias Th

  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 FLEWBot

  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

  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 Ca

  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

  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 Then there's a scene

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