- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Media Tie In edition (June 26, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328588718
- ISBN-13: 978-1328588715
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Abandonment (Tie-In): Now a Major Film: LEAVE NO TRACE Paperback – June 26, 2018
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“Poignant . . . My Abandonment lingers in the mind, leaving you as haunted as its mesmerizing characters.”—New York Post
“Riveting . . . an immediate story in all ways . . . dead-on, entrancing narration . . . impossible to stop reading . . . Rock so expertly puts us inside this child’s head that it becomes, as good books do, quite memorable.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“My Abandonment is a teasingly ambiguous tale that leaves our speculation about Caroline and Father to linger in the air like the smoke from a dying campfire: is their relationship empowering or toxic? Are the true lessons children learn from their parents the ones those parents intend to impart? These questions, and others equally challenging, make this novel a thoughtful one that readers will savor.”—BookPage
“Compelling and heartbreaking, My Abandonment is a haunting tale that examines the strength of the human spirit.”—Deseret News
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I became so confused when Caroline, instead of calling for help, dragged his body near the cave and left him there during the party and then threw him into the back of the cave. This does raise the question if he was dead or suffering terribly at that point. If he was dead she may have seen this as a fitting way to bury a man who just wanted to be alone, but the book says his eyes watched her so I think she threw him in the back of the cave while he was still alive. This act seemed way out of character for a girl so bonded to her dad. The only explanation for the sudden shift from an innocent girl into her cold behavior was that her Stockholme syndrome induced idealism cracked from not wanting to starve and freeze anymore and have no control over her choice to live in or abandon society and she finally claimed her own power and life direction.
I do think he was her father and I don't think he had ramdomly kidnaped her because wouldn't child services have given them DNA tests to establish paternity? Perhaps they were too swayed by their own Thoreauesque idealistic Romanticsim to do their due diligence, but they rehoused them together following their investigation which cleared him of sexual abuse.
The film certainly prettied up the ending making it sad and overly sweet instead of the brutal and shocking ending Rock meant it to be. In the end Caroline became her father, but worse than him. She ironically came to embody all the forces the wanted to protect her from in "the worse than us street people"; disconnected from close relationship, losing her own healthy curiosity in nature, instead becoming an intellectual fact machine and ultimatly losing her desire to "play well with others". A very sad story.
My Abandonment could have been a really good book, if only we'd gotten some answers by the last page. Some readers, I guess, like to be left with nothing but questions - making a story "thought-provoking" or "complex". To me, being left with too many questions is just "unsatisfying" and "annoying". I'm not saying things have to wrap up neatly and prettily with a bow on top, just that for the cost of our time in reading a novel, we should get some payoff in the form of some explanation, even if it's subtle. Not the case with this book. No explanation whatsoever. I could have ignored the gaping plot holes, the rather boring stretch of words near the end, and other small irritations if only the book had ENDED. It did, but not really.
But then I read another review which contained a theory as to what really happened in the book, and I think it's a credible and also interesting explanation. And, having chosen to accept this explanation as the true ending of the book, I had to bump it up from 2 stars to 3. Had it been the real ending written by the author, or even implied a little more noticeably by the author, it might have been 4.