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My Abandonment by Peter Rock
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Feb 12, 12

Read in January, 2012

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I 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 3/4 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 scene where she runs into a fellow homeless peer, who tells her a horrific story of the girls make-shift family being fried alive trying to siphon some electricity from a transformer. A couple of pages later, when her dad goes off the rails and spirits her into the mountains outside Bend, they hide out in a yurt with some transients that are clearly is siphoning electricity, as they can feel the buzz of electricity on their skin. But she doesn't acknowledge this at all, or freak out. And then her dad dies a horrific death (yes, the electricity), and she only talks (to herself) about how it was his own fault for not being clever enough. Really, about the man who was her father and her entire world? Ever resourceful, she becomes unrealistically cold, like a psychopath. Even in my amateur writers groups, I know that if someone presented this to the group, we would all talk about not understanding the character's final motivations, not finding the last 50 pages at all believable. I thought it was an odd choice, and dashed much of my enjoyment of the book.
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Alison I completely agree with your review. I had the same questions, and felt let down by her story at the end of the book.

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