Peter Rock [free Summary] My Abandonment

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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 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 FLEWBoth of these are based on the true story of the father and pre teen daughter who lived off the grid in Portland s Forest Park for four years but each author treats the story a little differently Rock s story is told in an almost surreal and disassociated manner and Shortridge delivers of an emotional punch Both are interesting and would be great for book groupsIf you want to read of what I previously wroteUpdate Again I really wish they had5 stars because this really does fall in between 4 and 5 starsIn 2004 a man and his 12 year old daughter were found living in Portland s Forest Park and had been doing so for 4 years The girl was clean well fed and well educated but they were forced to leave A police officer found them housing and work on a horse farm in Yamhill County but five days later they disappeared never to be heard from againThe author a writing professor at Reed College has written a novel based on this event and the first half is based on their life in Forest Park In the second half of the book he imagines what happened to them after they left the horse farm This took a strange little twist and some of the girl s experiences didn t seem uite realistic I won t say for fear of a spoiler but for the most part I found it fascinatingOne weird event happened for me though This past week I was attending the library conference while also trying to finish the book When I neared the end of the story the girl in the story described the Sisters Library to a T and also mentioned the librarian s name which was Peg Well Peg was the actual librarian at the Sisters Library AND was also at the conference I was able to show her the passage and she got really excited Stranger than fiction The Exploration of the Male Anatomy pre teen daughter who lived off the grid in Portland s Forest Park for four years but each author treats the story a little differently Rock s story is told in an almost surreal and disassociated manner and Shortridge delivers of an emotional Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals punch Both are interesting and would be great for book groupsIf you want to read of what I All Night Long (Nannies, previously wroteUpdate Again I really wish they had5 stars because this really does fall in between 4 and 5 starsIn 2004 a man and his 12 year old daughter were found living in Portland s Forest Park and had been doing so for 4 years The girl was clean well fed and well educated but they were forced to leave A The Freeze-Frame Revolution professor at Reed College has written a novel based on this event and the first half is based on their life in Forest Park In the second half of the book he imagines what happened to them after they left the horse farm This took a strange little twist and some of the girl s experiences didn t seem uite realistic I won t say for fear of a spoiler but for the most The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 part I found it fascinatingOne weird event happened for me though This Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus past week I was attending the library conference while also trying to finish the book When I neared the end of the story the girl in the story described the Sisters Library to a T and also mentioned the librarian s name which was Peg Well Peg was the actual librarian at the Sisters Library AND was also at the conference I was able to show her the His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch passage and she got really excited Stranger than fiction

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My Abandonment

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 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 fast because it states that some things actually did happen at the beginning of the book The story is of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in a park and as I read I could tell it clearly follows the actual story for the first half of the book and then it became clear that no one knows what happened to these people for the second half I have found out since that no one knows what happened These parts are blurry to me and even the climax was poorly described and left me wondering what actually happened It did make fun of stupid kids who drink to be cool which I enjoyed but at the end I was left wondering too much including details that the book supposedly described Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus preserve in Portland Oregon There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter bathe in a nearby creek store His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch perishables at the water’s edge use a makeshift septic system te I like this book in a similar way to how I enjoyed Room they are both innocent The Doctors Dating Bargain 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 The Collection page that is definitely adult I figured out it was actual events Whispers of Feathers pretty fast because it states that some things actually did happen at the beginning of the book The story is of a man and his daughter who were discovered living in a Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal park and as I read I could tell it clearly follows the actual story for the first half of the book and then it became clear that no one knows what happened to these Entrepreneurial Vernacular people for the second half I have found out since that no one knows what happened These Advanced C Programming by Example parts are blurry to me and even the climax was Poslije svega (After, poorly described and left me wondering what actually happened It did make fun of stupid kids who drink to be cool which I enjoyed but at the end I was left wondering too much including details that the book supposedly described

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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


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 fast because it states that some things actually did happen at the beginning of the book The story is of

  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

  4. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book It was a fast thought provoking read; but it left me with many unanswered u

  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 wit

  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

  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 expect it

  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

  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 remember when this was in the news but I wasn't familiar with it The second half of the book is Rock's

  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 scen

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