Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Abandonment

I feel like this post is cheating a little bit because I finished this book last week and just didn't get around to posting about it until now which (train of thought much) reminds me I'm involved in a game of blog tag and haven't gotten around to tagging other people or passing on my blogger award but I will do all of those things, I promise.  They will all happen before 2012.  See how I believe in realistic goals. 

So, back to the book.  My Abandonment is written by Peter Rock, a local Portland author and details the life of a thirteen year old girl living in Forest Park with her father.  The book is told entirely from the viewpoint of thirteen year old Caroline.  As the book unfolds it becomes evident that the father suffers from paranoia, among other mental disorders, and *spoiler alert* the reader realizes, even if Caroline doesn't, that the man claiming to be her father may have kidnapped her.

I liked this book.  In no small part, because it's the first thing I've ever read written from the viewpoint of the ever-growing homeless population in our country.  The fact that it was told from Caroline's viewpoint kept me turning the pages.  I was worried about her.  I wanted to see what happened.  My only complaint was that at the end I wanted more.  The book stayed true to Caroline's viewpoint and, just as a child would not be a reliable witness to the events of their own childhood, this book made me guess without ever giving me hard and fast answers.  I looked at a couple of reviews on Amazon and saw I wasn't alone in feeling a frustrated at the lack of details.  

Even so, it's a book I'm happy to have read.  If you're in a book group I could see it germinating some interesting conversations. 

3 comments:

Jo Schaffer said...

Sounds really amazing. I actually have a friend whose real life was like that...

Johanna said...

That's so incredible. See, she should write a book :)!

bookworm said...

This sounds interesting!