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My Abandonment

Rock, Peter (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Abandonment
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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, 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 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.
Authors: Rock, Peter, 1967-
Title: My abandonment
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Edition: 1st edition.
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,22 cm.
ISBN: 9780151014149
0151014140
9780156035521
0156035529
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Rock
Subject Headings: Teenage girls Fiction. Fathers and daughters Fiction. Homeless families Fiction. Survival Fiction Wilderness areas Northwest, Pacific Fiction. Oregon Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Teenage girls
Fathers and daughters
Homeless families
Survival
Wilderness areas
LCCN: 2007044412
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Sep 08, 2012
  • bookyb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one day...compelling story of a girl and her father, fighting for their preferred way of life in the face of the demands of social, and legal, norms. Melancholy and speculative.

Oct 19, 2011
  • thart rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Read for book club (4/2011). I liked the book but it is not a happy-go-lucky read. You feel bad for her living conditions yet can see positive things that her life has at the same time, essentially homeless in a forest area/park. Some disturbing things definitely happen in the novel and it had a twist I was not expecting because I did not know it was based off a true story when I read it (found out when we discussed it). Frightens any parent to the core.

Oct 18, 2011
  • okbookgirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of those books you start reading and cannot stop...I read it in one evening. Strange and compelling. Rock draws you into Caroline's world, and you are never quite sure where you are or where you are heading. A small but deep novel.

“My Abandonment” is a story about a father and daughter living off the grid, and in a park in the Pacific Northwest, with a twist that I never saw coming. This is a quick read with a satisfying ending.

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