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Being stuck in the middle of the cicada apocalypse has done wonders for my reading habits. By coating the outside world, the cicadas have pretty much ensured that I no longer go outside, which means that I have ample time for reading! Last night I read Abandon by Meg Cabot. I know, I know. It’s been out for like forever, but I finally just got around to reading it. It is really not like me to let a Meg Cabot book go unread for so long, but it happened.
This past weekend I was talking to fellow Nerdgirl Amber (in her new house!! YAY!) and she told me that our other fellow Nerdgirls, Jill and Jen, DIDN’T like Abandon! I realize that I have been very neglectful of Twitter lately and so I am v. v. sad to have missed out on this – I promise I will not let my Twitter checking lapse again! But anyways, after reading the book, I might just maybe be able to see why they didn’t like the book. I will go on the record as saying that I DID like the book. I mean, I didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE it like The Princess Diaries or Teen Idol or anything, but I will probably reread it again and will totally be buying the rest of the series as it comes out (but then again, one of my personal goals is to own every single book written by Meg Cabot, sooooooo…).
So let’s see…I should probably give you a summary of what the book is about, right? You should know by now that Abandon is a retelling of the myth of Persephone. Or rather, not exactly a retelling, more like.. I don’t know? More like Abandon was inspired by the myth. Or at least that’s how I feel. I do remember reading the Persephone myth way back in the day, and even though I couldn’t tell you exact details, I could tell you a general overview that I feel would be pretty correct. As I read Abandon, I couldn’t help but feel that if it was a retelling, it wasn’t being super true to the original myth. For those of you who haven’t read the book, I’m not going to tell you why because that would be pretty spoilery. Let’s just say that I thought it was more like, oh yeah, I can see what part of the myth you used there.
But back to the summary – Persephone. Underworld. It’s not spoiling anything to tell you that when Pierce Oliviera was 15, she died. But she was brought back to life through CPR and those shocky thingies the EMTs use to restart a person’s heart. You know what I’m talking about. I’m having a total brain fart right now. Seriously, what are those thingies called? Jumpers? Whatever. So Pierce got another chance at life. Now she’s 17 and after an unfortunate event at her prestigious all-girl’s school in Connecticut, Pierce moves with her mother to Isle Huesos to start over again. However Isla Huesos is where Pierce met John for the first time. The second time she met him was in the Underworld after she died. I think we all can guess who John is in the “re-telling”.
Ok, that’s enough for the summary. I tend to get really spoilery if I let myself go on and on and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. So from here on out, I’m doing that linky thingy again that I did for Jen and I’s joint post about Anna and the French Kiss :). So if you’ve read Abandon already or your name is Amber and you like to ignore these warnings, go ahead and click on the
I’m still weary of actually making the post jump. Hello to all you Abandon readers or warning ignorers and Amber!
So let’s talk about Abandon. Jill, Jen (and anyone else), I want to know why you didn’t like the book. Also, even though you didn’t like it, are you going to read the rest of the series anyways? Did anyone like the book? You know, I will say this – even though I did like the book, I was annoyed at how it took a while to get to figure out what Pierce was talking about. I don’t understand why there was all this build up about how she died, or what the school incident was.
Oh! Another thing I didn’t really love – John and Pierce’s “love”. When exactly did John fall in love with Pierce? When she was 7 and asked him bring the bird back to life? When she was 15 and it was only the SECOND time he’d met her? The first time we meet John is like the fifth time Pierce has met him. Call me crazy, but I’m going to go ahead and say that that’s not love. Is it because the dude is super old? And if he’s so dang old, surely there had to have been at least one person who passed through his gateway that he could have imagined spending eternity with. I mean, I haven’t figured out why Pierce is just so amazing that she’s the one. Surely she’s not the only pure hearted girl in the area. Call me crazy again, but I almost think that Kayla would have been the more interesting girl to pick. But whatevs. This is not my book.
OK, so now it may seem to you that I actually DIDN’T like the book. Which I did. Pierce’s annoyingness aside, I did feel for her a teensy bit. Although no way in heck would I be trying to save a bird or a lizard. I’m pretty afraid of birds (do you remember that one time this bird was on my porch and I couldn’t get it to move so I sat outside for like a half hour waiting for it to leave? I do.) and I’d say that I’m even MORE afraid of lizards. Is there a kind of animal that I’d ever try to rescue? I don’t know. I would say a cat or dog, but unfamiliar cats and dogs tend to scratch and bite – hell, even familiar cats and dogs have scratched and bitten me. I know rabbits can bite you…fish are disgusting…turtles can bite..hmmm… I guess I could say that if I ever OWNED a pet, probably a dog since I am allergic to cats, I would save MY dog. So there you go. Guess I’m not going to be chosen as an Underworld consort.
So where was I? Oh yes. Pierce can be annoying, but I mean, come on – she DID die, everybody thinks she’s crazy, she has this spooky guy, who is super hot, show up every time her well being is threatened and “saves” her but then she gets blamed for the things he does, she has to move to this creepy island in hurricane territory (I am SO sorry, girlfriend) that is named Island of Bones. I’m not superstitious or anything, but HELL to the NO would I ever even think about going on vacation to someplace named Island of Bones!
Can we talk about Uncle Chris now? I want to know why he went to jail. I’m sure we’ll find out in the next book. Also, he seems like maybe he’s got a mental illness? I don’t know. Did anybody else get that feeling? Or is suffering for PTSD? Maybe it was just how I read his lines in my head, but something was off about him to me. Maybe it was all that weather channel talk or the obsessive mountain dew drinking. P.S. I super hate mountain dew. I don’t know why. I mean, the taste of it is OK, but for some reason I always feel like I’m drinking cat pee or something equally disgusting. Does anyone else feel this way? Just me? What did you guys think of Uncle Chris?
And then there’s Alex. Poor kid. Your mother seems to be some kind of internet stripper? And your dad was in jail for most of his life. Then there’s the fact that you had to live with your Fury grandmother for your entire life… That must have sucked. I mean seriously, can a Fury nurture someone? And then we know that there’s a reason that he hates the popular kids. Poor Alex, what did they do to you? Again, I’m sure we’ll find out.
So my final verdict is that I did like this book. Sure, some things pissed me off, but what mainly pissed me off was the ending and how I shut the book and realized I now have to wait who knows how long to see how the story plays out. So well played, Meg Cabot. Well played.
Now get thee to the comments and let me know what you thought!
Magically deliciously yours,