Books Review

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

May 10, 2011
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I’ve always loved Greek mythology. Well, any form of mythology for that matter. But I think Egyptian and Greek are my favorites. The story of Hades and Persephone is one I knew about, but never really delved into. When I read that Meg Cabot’s new novel, Abandon, was going to be a take on that myth, I got pretty excited. The book would give me a chance to finally acquaint myself with Ms. Cabot’s writing and I would be given a new presentation of the Persephone/Hades myth.

Since I’m a Meg Cabot newb, I’ll begin talking about her writing. Ms. Cabot is highly revered, that much I knew before reading the book, so I had pretty high expectations. The good news is that I really like her writing style and look forward to reading more of her work. She has given Pierce such a believable teen voice, one that made me laugh and relate to. I think Pierce’s voice is the strongest part of the story.

The bad news is that I did not care for the way the story unfolded. Pierce mentions past events, but takes a few pages to actually explain them. I’m pretty sure Ms. Cabot did this to create suspense, but I quickly found it annoying. Because the story’s written in past tense, the flashbacking made me extremely confused. Also, it felt like Pierce rambled at times, but this is probably just me making something out of a simple character trait.

In general, though, I really liked Pierce. Like I said, she has a wonderful voice. Her narration will make you feel the things she feels: concerned, scared, nervous. I admire her concern for others; it’s a selflessness that seems authentic. I particularly like her regard for John, who is the definition of moody. The romance is light and develops slowly, but in a good way. The focus seems more on Pierce and how she’s going to deal with everything.

Overall, I liked Abandon. I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, but I’ll most likely read the future installments. Ms. Cabot has written a fun and dramatic story that presents the myth of Persephone and Hades in an interesting manner. I’m sure many will love this book, so don’t hesitate to read it. Just be prepared to be confused due to the confusing revealing of events.

  • Reply
    Jamie Manning
    May 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Excellent review, DJ. I’ve read some of Meg’s works and I love her writing style. Haven’t read this one but I may have to give it a try.

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