As Lindsay mentioned in her previous post about Meg Cabot’s Abandon, I was not a fan. I figured instead of adding a lengthy comment on her post, I’d write my own. So this post is about my reasons for disliking a book by Meg Cabot.
If you have not yet read Abandon, continue at your own risk. I may (will probably) include some spoilers, so if you haven’t read it and are ok with that, then carry on. However, I encourage you to run to your local library or a bookstore, read it for yourself and form your own opinions, and then read Lindsay’s post, then mine, and let us know what you think.
I’m not going to rewrite a summary when Lindsay already did that, so let’s just jump into it.
Ok, first of all, I had a HUGE problem with the way it was written. The plot jumps around and is not told chronologically. Some things are mentioned that happened earlier and it really confused me. For example, when Pierce returns Mr. Smith’s phone call, it’s just tossed in there and it only took me a second read through to understand that it had happened EARLIER but she was mentioning it later. I don’t know why it couldn’t have just been mentioned before whatever was happening when it was thrown in. Another time this happened and confused me had something to do with Pierce and her mother talking to a guidance counselor and her necklace. It still kind of confuses me, so sorry if that doesn’t make sense.
Another thing that really annoyed me was all of the cliffhangers. Especially the ones that seem to start with “If I had known…” Like If I had known this would be the last time I’d see John, I would have asked him some questions. That is totally not a quote- I don’t have the copy of the book anymore. Sorry. Hopefully you know what I mean. It seemed to be repeated all the time, and it got old.
The last big problem I have with it is the affair with the teacher. Yes, I know sometimes, unfortunately, this happens in real life but I feel like this is a weird trend in YA books. It annoys me that teachers get portrayed this way in books when that negative view always seems to beat out positive teacher role models in books. And I am suddenly blanking on any positive teachers. Oh wait! Mr. G in Princess Diaries. Ok, good. Anyway, between this, TTYL, and Pretty Little Liars, there’s a lot of bad teachers out there. So it bothered me to see another. By the way, I swear I read a blog post within the last few months about this trend in YA lit but I have no idea which blog that was. Anybody remember it? Help!
Also, I do agree with Lindsay and her reasons not to like the story- John and Pierce’s “love” is weird to me too. She repeatedly does the “Why would he like ME?” thing, which can be annoying. I read a blog post about female characters that do that too much too. Again, can’t remember where. I need to save these or something. If you read that and remember where, please let me know so I can reread it and link to it!
I don’t understand what’s going on with Uncle Chris or Alex either. I assume that will be fleshed out later, but it was kind of frustrating to never find out. Oh, I also disliked the rich kids using Pierce just for her house so they could hide the coffin. I’m sad her mom fell for that.
Even though I didn’t like it, I might read the next one when it comes out. Maybe.