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Abandon: Meg Cabot

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Good Reads Summary:
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

This book is amazing, Meg Cabot never fails to write a terrific novel.  The main character, Pierce, will both annoy and endear herself to the reader.  The amazing thing about Cabot as a writer is that she manages to make her characters into what they are supposed to portray, Pierce is the typical high school girl who reacts accordingly when her life goes awry, John is the handsome, tortured male from the 1800's.  The supporting characters all fit into the story and help move the story at a faster pace.  The plot itself is intriguing, set on an island known for its dead floating up from their burial grounds when a hurricane hits, the reader will always pay attention to the weather, a typically mundane topic becomes interesting.  The reader will enjoy how Cabot integrates Pierce's memories and applies them to Pierce's actions at the time.  Little tid bits are handed out to pull the reader further into the book.  The foreshadowing, such as the tassels on Pierce's and her grandma's scarves, is perfect and portrays exactly what Cabot wants the reader to see.  The only disappointing bit in the book could be when Pierce appears to have no or little reaction to her parents' divorce, something a normal teen probably wouldn't act like.  This book is terrific for young adults/teens/adults (females especially) who enjoy a good Greek myth set in modern times with a twist and a dash of romance.