My Abandonment

My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Try to picture your life when you were thirteen? Can you picture it any other way? Imagine suddenly being uprooted from the home you’ve come to know, to understand, and to love and separated from, not only your home – but your only parent.

 If you’re thirteen year old Caroline that you don’t have to imagine that; she’s lived that.

For many years Caroline has been living in a dug out cavern in one of Oregon’s state parks – happily learning, growing, and understanding. Until one day a jogger notices her and calls the police. Her and her father’s life is suddenly uprooted when local authorities force them from their home, question them for days, and send them to a horse farm for some sort of rehabilitation. Will Caroline and her father survive these uncharted territory surrounded by people rather than plants? 

Written from Caroline’s point of view My Abandonment by Peter Rock is a haunting story that will leave readers unsure and pensive – in a good way.  He has crafted solid characters that add depth to a storyline that one would think could fall short. Caroline is smart, self-sufficient, and sensitive but not in any thanks to her mentally ill Father whose war days have permanently scarred him.  

Rock has woven reality with fiction. He’s blurred the lines between what is real and was isn’t making readers often question what he or she would do if found in Caroline’s footsteps. His writing is smart, edgy, and evocative. However the pace of the book often falters with changing moods and situations Caroline and Father find themselves in. Bobbing up and down throughout, My Abandonment is a good read, but not a pace steady one.