May 14, 2011

Abandon

Abandon by Meg Cabot is a retelling of the myth of Persephone.  Pierce died.  Before her move to Florida Pierce drowned and while in the underworld she met John who secreted her away to his bedroom.  She escaped and woke up in a hospital room with a necklace he gave her around her neck.  Pierce and her mother have moved to Florida after a major scandal at her New York Prep School.  In Florida Pierce runs into John again.

This book was mostly introduction and it moved rather slowly.  Even though the story moved slowly it was still a fantastic book.  I enjoyed having a heroine that isn't perfect.  Pierce has learning disabilities and is in a special program for troubled teens.  John is hot, one of the best love interests I've read in a while.  He's dangerous and mysterious.  The plot related to the Persphone story but was not a copycat.  I will look forward to the next books in the series.

Appropriateness:  This book is fully appropriate for the full YA audience.  The romance which is steamy but not sexual.  There is no substance abuse and there is not much violence.   I would recommend this book to readers 12+
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