|That doesn't look comfortable|
So when I saw Abandon's cover depicting a supine, pretty but nondescript brunette and a tagline of "She knows what it's like to die" I anticipated an overly-dramatic teen who took herself too seriously and fainted frequently. I was delighted to be wrong. Meg Cabot is an author who knows this was to be read by 14-year-old-girls and kept the tone light and fun- at times passing over in a paragraph situations that would provide enough fodder for a half a dozen Lifetime Channel movies. Cabot draws in her readers in the first few chapters with strategic comments about a scandalous "incident" and a creepily nuanced question from Pierce's grandmother in a cemetery. And of course I knew that at some point there would be a death and a resurrection and some sort of romance with the god of death, but being a big fan of retellings, I needed to know how Cabot was going to do it.
I also can't help but like Pierce's reaction to John Hayden. He's handsome, tall, and dressed all in black, so we know that despite his moodiness and lack of screen time he's a worthwhile guy who will eventually capture the heart of Pierce (because only a hero is described in those terms). I like that Pierce isn't afraid to call him a jerk when he is one (see above, "naive honesty"). That no matter how attractive he is in those dark jeans, that does NOT make it okay to kidnap her. That even though "he's just trying to keep her safe" Pierce knows that her life is hers to live and risk as she sees fit and won't think he's being sweet and protective. The first time she was faced with spending an eternity with him in a castle-bedroom, she had the common sense to freak out, know she was way to young for this, and have wherewithal to throw tea in his face and escape.
What did you think of Abandon? Did you like Pierce as I did, or was she too much of a space cadet for you? How does this compare to Cabot's other novels? Were you also happy that the cemetery sexton had a partner and it wasn't a big deal- as it shouldn't be? I look forward to reading your thoughts!