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A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.
Publisher: New York : Point, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545284103
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm.


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ArapahoeKati Jul 26, 2017

Looking for a romance that's a little darker, plus a little mythology to sweep you away? Meg Cabot's retelling of the Persephone myth, a trilogy, is a great read. I eagerly read the series!

Jul 05, 2017

I Liked the book it had a good story line and put a great new spin on Greek mythology. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and entertaining read.

Sep 12, 2016

I liked it, but i think that cabot casted aside her strong female characters. John is always there to save the day, and all Pierce does is swoon over him.
i think it could have had a lot of potential, i mean the plot idea was good, its just kinda a sexist book.

A really good book. Kinda like a fanfiction about the myth of Persephone.

Aug 21, 2015

The story’s basic idea is ingenious. Abandon is like the modern day version of the myth of Persephone. The mystery surrounding Pierce’s past makes this novel suspenseful and its ending surprising.

Jun 29, 2015

It worries me that at no point during the course of the three novels in this series do either the protagonist or the author seem to realize that "John" is controlling, narcissistic, and potentially abusive. Kids, it's not romantic when a guy tracks your every move; it's obsessive, and usually the results aren't pretty. Despite this huge caveat, and Cabot's propensity for leaving numerous and lengthy loose ends, the series is a creative reworking of the Persephone myth and an enjoyable read.

Dina_18 Mar 26, 2015

I loved this entire series. I love mythology and this series certainly satisfied my cravings. Read them all. You will not be disappointed.

Sep 02, 2014

At the age of fifteen, Pierce Oliviera slipped, and fell into a nearly freezing pool, bumping her head. She died, and went to the Underworld, in which she met Hades, ruler of the underworld, or as he prefers to be called, John. For some reason, John decides to take her back to his home, where she somehow escapes and ends up back on Earth. Two years after this experience, Pierce is a changed person. She’s unfocused, and lacks determination in school. Eventually, her parents’ marriage falls apart, and Pierce and her mother move to an island off the coast of Florida, called Isla Huesos. Pierce is ready to make a new beginning for herself, and leave behind her strange past. However, Pierce is in great danger, and leaving the past behind may not be as easy as she thought it’d be.

Meg Cabot’s Abandon, at first glance, looked amazing. The cover is stunning, and the plot description really excited me, as I’m a big fan of Greek myths. However, the actual story was somewhat disappointing. The main character, Pierce, was honestly one of the most boring characters I’ve ever encountered. She’s shallow, insensitive, and to be blunt, pretty idiotic. She barely cares about anything, and is just such a typical character. The love interest, John, is slightly better, even though we hardly learn anything about him, aside from the fact that he’s a death deity, and he’s really mysterious and moody. The actual story is just neutral, it was intriguing at some points, but seemed to drag on at other points, especially since half of the story was made up of flash backs, and Pierce repetitively referred back to her accident, and an incident that occurred after her accident. Aside from this, and a few other minor flaws, the book was alright. However, I have read the whole series, and would refer to this book as more of a prequel to the actual story. The other two books are definitely more intriguing, and for that reason alone, I wouldn’t discourage someone from reading this book, even though it has some major flaws.

May 13, 2014

I loved the book. I did. But the title does go well with Meg Cabot abandoning her feminist books. I loved how she put the woman with power but never had the man be a weakling. Guess that's out of the picture now. Overall good book. But still sad, because I didn't feel as if Pierce was all that in control.

Mar 29, 2014

good book

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Aug 21, 2015

“When something horrible happens, it's human nature to want to blame it on someone. We want someone to be held accountable, even though sometimes things just happen.”

Aug 21, 2015

“I needed another soda. I’d only had six since breakfast.”

Aug 21, 2015

“What did that mean? Where could it go? He was a death diety. I was a high school senior.”

Aug 21, 2015

“And eternity is a long time. So if you have to spend it with someone I could see wanting to spend it with someone impossible...but interesting....”

Aug 21, 2015

“And in what fairy tale would John ever be any sane person's idea of Prince Charming anyway? He was the opposite of charming. More like Prince Terrifying.”


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Aug 21, 2015

When the main character Pierce Oliviera suffers a near death experience, she sees what awaits everyone in the afterlife: a cavern, two boats, and a nineteen-year-old death deity named John Hayden. After her traumatic experience, she is expelled from her private school and moves to Isla Huesos with her mom for a new start. What happened to her in the Underworld and what caused her to be expelled is slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks.


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