Why I Couldn’t Finish Abandon

AbandonDetails:

Title: Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: Point

Release Date: April 26th 2011

Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Mythology

Pages: 320

Synopsis:

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.

First Thought(s):

I love mythology, especially Greek mythology, so when I saw this book was about Persephone and Hades I got excited.

Here’s the Deal:

So I couldn’t finish the book. Now, I won’t be one of those people that reviews what they read and applies the review to the rest of the book. I believe that it is unfair to post a review for a book you did not finish, because it is always possible that the book got better some point after you stopped reading. However, I will explain why I couldn’t finish the book.

I stopped reading the book a few pages after a hundred and it was surprising how little the story actually progressed in those hundred-something pages. The story starts off at the main character’s “Welcome Home” party, and then there were several pages of backstory. I’m not saying that backstory wasn’t necessary; in fact, there were several times in which I questioned if this was actually the first book in the series. What do I mean? The main character, Pierce, was the narrator that would constantly mention events as if the readers knew what she was talking about, then sometime after she would go into backstory about the event we had no idea she was talking about. I’m sorry, but I prefer my books to have a chronological order about them. The story would have read better if it had started out with how she got to the Underworld and back out, not talk about it 50 pages after the story began. Instead, the beginning was kind like “yea, so what?”

My biggest problem with this book was how it was structured. I also couldn’t connect with Peirce or John; they were kind of flat for main characters. Now, they could have gotten rounder sometime later. However, these characters didn’t compel me to read further, especially when I was no longer interested in the story.

This book will be placed at the bottom of my ‘to-be-read’ pile to be re-read later. Maybe by then I can get through it without wanting to chuck it out a train window. Also, the experience I had with this book will not affect my opinion of the other books by Meg Cabot.

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