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Cristina Banuelos, September 11, 2013 (view all comments by Cristina Banuelos)
I truly was engrossed by about 3/4 of this book. The "voice" of e 13 year old girl was intriguing and true. Peter Rocks details of life in Forest Park (the girl and her father are homeless but live in the park) and their survival techniques is reason alone to enjoy this novel. However, the last 1/4 of the book seemed to veer way off. The tone and feeling of the book changed dramatically. I still believe it's worth a read though especially for the beautiful portrayal of a father and his daughter and their survival off the grid.
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HasnulKarami, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by HasnulKarami)
The story is very touching and holds a lot of steam through the first three quarters of the book. Toward the end, it loses a little of the magic it started with, but hangs on enough to still be a really really good read. I think natives to Portland will probably find it a little more interesting than those not fortunate to live there, but the story is strong enough to be compelling for anyone.

Overall I would recommend this book without hesitation.
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Elizabeth Erickson, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Elizabeth Erickson)
Wonderfully imaginative and haunting. Living and moving around Portland, I now see this city in a new way, see people who might be "homeless" in a new way.
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trixisandiego, January 27, 2012 (view all comments by trixisandiego)
I plowed through this book so quickly! Especially after reading all the local references from forest park to bend. I find it interesting how much this girl changes and adapts even though I'm still not clear if she was kidnapped or not??
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genagc, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by genagc)
An incredible story of survival and life on the fringe of society. The journey of Caroline, the narrator and heroine, pushes us to question our urge to rescue and normalize those whom we tend to see as vulnerable and "at risk". Her voice is unwavering, likely because of the extensive research conducted by author Peter Rock and the strong sense of place that comes through in every page. My Abandonment is a unique and thought provoking book that stays with you long after you reluctantly put it down.
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Rock, Peter
Mariner Books
Psychological fiction
Teenage girls
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 240 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156035521 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Based on a true story, My Abandonment is a riveting, unforgettable novel about what it's like to live just beyond the fringes of what we call civilization. Rock finds the tender truth of the 13-year-old protagonist, and the reader can't help but be inspired.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Based on a true story, My Abandonment is the story of a Portland father and his teenage daughter who actually lived for several years in a cave in Forest Park. No one knew they were there, but when their story came to light there was an outcry among the city's residents on behalf of the family. Peter Rock, a writing professor at Portland's Reed College, tells their story in prose at once spare and graceful, and manages to twist the story in a totally different direction than I had anticipated. I did not foresee the surprise at the end; I actually gasped out loud! This beautifully written little gem is absolutely perfect!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The engaging but limited perspective of 13-year-old Caroline, 'the hillbilly girl that lived in the park,' reveals a highly circumscribed world. When first met, Caroline and Father are scavenging for materials to make a shelter in the 'forest park' outside of Portland, Ore., where they seem to be hiding out. They make cautious trips into the city to the supermarket and the library, but a lapse by Caroline brings police attention, and they are taken into custody. Jean Bauer, whose profession is unclear, helps Father secure employment and brings pots and pans and school clothes for Caroline. Who are these two? Caroline walks 'past posters with my face on them, my old name, and no one sees me.' Father says: 'If I weren't your father... how could I have walked right into your backyard and walked away with you and no one said a word?' This is a tale of survival, of love and attachment, of mystery and alienation. It is an utterly entrancing book, a bow to Thoreau and a nod to the detective story. Every step of this narrative, despite providing more questions than answers, rings true." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Peter Rock's My Abandonment is an electrically charged, bone-deep and tender tale of loss and partial redemption. Surreal, haunting, elegiac."
"Review" by , "This beautiful, strange novel takes us into the foreign country where those called homeless are at home, the city is wilderness, and the greater wilderness lies beyond. Fascinating and moving, it tells with great tenderness how human love goes wrong."
"Review" by , "Rock's insight into his characters' worries and hopes propels the story to its emotional conclusion. A compelling read..."
"Review" by , "A moving evocation of life on the fringes, sparking many questions about our regulated society."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, Rock's My Abandonment, inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of his young protagonist, offers a riveting and unsettling account of a girl and her father who live off the grid.
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