My Abandonment

by Peter Rock | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0156035529 Global Overview for this book
Registered by loriped of Keizer, Oregon USA on 1/22/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Sunday, January 22, 2012
A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend 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 provoking a deeper flight.

Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

Journal Entry 2 by loriped at Keizer, Oregon USA on Sunday, January 22, 2012
This was a book that was difficult to put down. At the beginning of the book I had a great deal of sympathy for the main characters, Caroline and her father. However, as the story progressed and their personalities were revealed, I found myself questioning what I had felt earlier. Their lives are not easy to understand, and as Caroline's life unfolds I found myself wishing that she were someone totally different than the person at the end of the book.

This book is reserved for Ace who selected it in the Best of 2011 Swap at BookObsessed.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
received in the mail. Thanks :)

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 28, 2013
My Abandonment, which is based on a true story is about a 13 year old girl and her father who live in Forest Park, a nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit a cave, shower in the rain and tend garden. Once a week they go into town to buy groceries and go to the library. Caroline, the daughter, is home schooled by her father. The father is a back to nature type who is a loner and wants to keep his 'business' to himself.

One day a jogger happens by their camp and because Caroline has made a mistake discovers their existence. They are taken in by police and eventually found a position on a horse farm. Unable to cope with civilization they flee again.

I found the first half of the book intriguing and was sympathetic to the pair. Where Rock deviates into the fictional part of the story I had trouble with the plausibility of the story. The first half of the book I would rate a 9.5, the second half a 7.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 07, 2013
This book is with me now.

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 20, 2013
Caroline is a thirteen year old that lives with her father in a forest park in Oregon. They have lived there for four years and are very careful to make sure that no one finds them. They move their camp every so often, they only walk on stones so the grass doesn't look flattened, and they have perches in the tree to watch if anyone is coming. They go in to town every so often to purchase food items.

Caroline's father teaches her school subjects but is also very strict. There are many things she can't do and when a runner comes upon their camp one day, Caroline believes its her fault he sees her so doesn't tell her dad for fear he'll get upset. The runner comes back with police though, and brings Caroline and her father in to the police station, which may cause their lives to be completely changed.

The premise of this book is quite interesting. People can live off the grid and can't integrate back in to society. I thought the portrayal of Caroline was well written. She didn't have the social graces that a regular 13 year old would have but she was still quite smart. The father, however, I was always a bit suspicious of.

The ending of this book was quite a disappointment and looking back on the story, there were some things that just didn't make sense. Unfortunately I found that the book started falling apart about 2/3rd the way through it.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 21, 2013
This book is back with me :)

Journal Entry 8 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 10, 2013
mailed to Dancing-Dog who took this as a substitute in the First Line swap

Journal Entry 9 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Received today - thank you!

Journal Entry 10 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Absorbing, it was a fast read. Kind of creepy as you always wondered about the relationship, especially towards the end of the book. Might make an interesting sort of movie.

Journal Entry 11 by dancing-dog at Huntley, Illinois USA on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (5/23/2015 UTC) at Huntley, Illinois USA

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