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Abandon by Meg Cabot
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Jun 24, 11

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Read in June, 2011

In this remimaging of the myth of Persephone, several disturbing incidents in the life of seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera prompt her mother to move back to her birthplace in the Florida Keys. During Pierce's near-death experience while drowning two years ago, she traveled to the Underworld and briefly encountered John Hayden who is in charge of the place where humans go when they die. . She somehow managed to escape, but things have never seemed quite right since then. While I love the idea of updating Persephone's story, it was hard to get a handle on Pierce and John and their relationship since their encounters were brief over the course of the story. While I felt comfortable with the story shifting back and forth in time, I didn't feel as comfortable with Pierce herself since she suddenly changes and becomes engaged by life near the end of the book while barely moving through her days in the earlier pages. I was never sure of the attraction between Pierce and John either, given that he tried to keep her against her will during her first vist to Hades and essentially kidnaps her the second time. Perhaps answers will be given in the next installments of this planned trilogy
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