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The Raft

by S. A. Bodeen

Rated: Mild

Robie grew up on Midway Island, out in the Pacific Ocean. So, naturally, long flights in very small planes are just par for the course. But on this particular flight, things do not go as planned. This flight goes down. And how Robie handles this fact as well as all that comes next will determine whether she and her raft-mate will live to see the next day.

Yes, it’s a survival story, but told in the voice of a typical teenager, both desperate to prove to herself what she is capable of and also really just still needing parents around to help and be in charge. There is a mildly didactic environmental tone throughout parts of the book, although it wasn’t super-preachy. It’s more of a “LOOK at this that we are doing to our planet and its creatures.”

A few parts are rather gross, there were a few intense moments, and I was also caught completely off-guard by one plot twist. I can’t put my finger on why I wasn’t THRILLED. Maybe because I was just annoyed with her from the start of the book, when she’s still in Hawaii and making the really poor decisions that land her on that plane. In any case, it was a short and quick read that did hold my attention.

Rated: Mild for five uses of mild language and some intensity; best for ages 13 and up.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • The Raft
  • by S. A. Bodeen
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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