The Raft

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Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her ...

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Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

The Raft is a thrilling novel of survival from award-winning author S.A. Bodeen.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A simple airplane trip becomes a harrowing struggle for survival in this tense offering from Bodeen (The Gardener). Fifteen-year-old Robie is on her way home to Midway Island after vacationing in Honolulu when the tiny cargo plane she’s on develops engine problems. One emergency landing later, and Robie is forced to swim for her life, taking refuge on a life raft with Max, the copilot. In the middle of nowhere, with almost no supplies, and under constant threat of shark attack, their chances for rescue are impossibly slim. As they fight to stay alive, Max’s story unfolds and Robie discovers just how far she’ll go in the name of self-preservation. Bodeen’s tight, pared-down sentences mirror Robie’s mood as her ability to cope falls apart (“My throat was so dry, I could barely swallow. I rolled on my back and looked up at the sky. Cloudless. Again”). This psychological thriller uses natural menaces and Robie’s eroding mental state to strike one dark note after another, leading to some disturbing twists and an ending that isn’t entirely reassuring. Ages 12–up. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (Aug.)
VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
Fifteen-year-old Robie lives with her research biologist parents on Midway Island. Whenever she cannot take the life of isolation on the island anymore, her parents throw her on a supply flight to Honolulu to stay at her aunt's house. After an unsuccessful attempt to stay at her aunt's alone, a frightened Robie, determined to get home, takes the first available flight to Midway, even though no one knows she is coming. The flight is typical until a storm suddenly hits, the engine dies, and the co-pilot is throwing Robie out of the window. Suddenly, Robie finds herself on a raft in the middle of the ocean with no food or water, no sign of help, and facing the threat of sharks and a difficult battle to survive. Bodeen's short chapters, quick pacing, and quick bursts of action give this title appeal for reluctant readers. It is also a solid choice for teen girls looking to read a survival or adventure story. Robie's voice and characterization are spot-on for her age—she makes poor choices; at times acts extremely immaturely, annoying and whinny, while at others, fiercely determined to do what she needs to do in order to survive. Readers who pay attention will pick up on the fact that something is not quite right with Max, the co-pilot who saves Robie's life, but the truth of the major plot twist adds an interesting dimension to the survival tale and ultimately pulls together all the pieces that did not quite make sense. Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
VOYA - Christy Swartz
The Raft is exciting, interesting, and very unique for a survival story. It shows how independence is not always as great as it seems, and how humans react to certain conditions. Robie needs someone to talk to, so she talks to Max, who is not really there. Younger teenager would enjoy this, especially if those who like survival stories. The book makes the reader appreciate "normal," easy lives, compared to Robie's on the raft. 3Q, 3P. Reviewer: Christy Swartz, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
There have been many stories written about castaways and how they survived. This is another of those stories and it is as adventurous and inspiring as any. Fifteen year old Robie is visiting an aunt on the big island of Hawaii. When she unexpectantly has to leave, Robie takes this opportunity to be on her own and lies to her parents about her Aunt's whereabouts. But after just a short while the idea of being on her own is scary and she decides to take a cargo plane home to the Midway Atoll where her parents live. A fierce storm causes the plane to crash into the Pacific and Robie is dragged into a raft by Max, the co-pilot. Since her parents think Robie is with her Aunt, they are not looking for her. Robie and Max's struggle to survive is as nerve-racking and intense despite the familiar subject and circumstances of no water, no food, and no land in sight. However, Bodeen has given us a fresh perspective from a fifteen year old struggling and it has more terror in it and courage. It also has a surprising twist. This is a good read for any young adult. Just don't read it near the ocean. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Step aside Karana (Island of the Blue Dolphins)-teen fiction has a new castaway heroine. Robie loves traveling from the Midway Atoll where she lives with her parents, both researchers, to visit her aunt in Honolulu. She's taken the trip by cargo plane many times by herself, but when a storm hits mid-flight, Robie has to bail out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With the storm still pouring water over them, the plane's copilot, Max, inflates the emergency raft and drags Robie to safety. On the raft with a man she doesn't know, over hundreds of miles of ocean, her problems really begin. Survival means patching up the leaking raft, staying hydrated, and avoiding the tiger shark that's following her. Eventually she must face the reality that rescue may not be coming. After days and days of torture on the open water, she washes up on the beach of an uninhabited island. Is this island her salvation or her final resting place? Fast-paced and intense, Robie's story has a tight grip on readers up to the very last page. What will stick with them are the choices Robie makes amid her grim reality and her determination to stay alive. There is nothing like losing everything to make you appreciate what you have, like parents who love you and clean drinking water. This book will satisfy anyone who likes a good survival story.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews
When her plane crashes, Robie's years of living with her researcher parents on Midway Island provide her with important knowledge. Cutting short a visit to an aunt in Honolulu, 15-year-old Robie gets on a small cargo plane delivering supplies that founders in an electrical storm; a crash quickly follows engine failure. The raft that becomes her support contains some useful items, but with the only other survivor almost comatose, it is clear that Robie is pretty much on her own. As a survival tale, this is both engaging and full of scary factoids and frightening possibilities. Not completely likable, Robie nonetheless engages readers with her sometimes almost stream-of-consciousness narration. She finds ways to push herself to be brave and do what is needed to survive. Her familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Pacific islands proves both asset and hindrance: She knows the danger she's in. Her thoughts are often selfish, almost whiny, but this rough-edges glimpse into her personality ultimately makes both her decisions and her chances of survival more realistic. Despite its small font, it's a quick read, thanks to plenty of white space. A compelling survival adventure. (Adventure. 11-15)
From the Publisher
“…readers who pass this novel around will have lots of fun debating exactly what saves her [Robie] in the end.”—BCCB

"This book will satisfy anyone who likes a good survival story.”—School Library Journal


"A compelling survival adventure.”—Kirkus


" old-fashioned adventure story." —Horn Book



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312650100
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 362,435
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

S. A. Bodeen's first novel, The Compound, earned her a “Flying Start” from PW and was chosen by YALSA as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She lives in Oregon with her family.

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The Raft

By S.A. Bodeen

Feiwel & Friends

Copyright © 2012 S.A. Bodeen
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ISBN: 9780312650100

The dude with the lime-green Mohawk and dark wooden plugs in his earlobes looked down at me, the long silver needle in his rubber-gloved hand pointed directly at my face.
“Wait.” I swallowed and gripped the arms of my chair.
Jutting out one hip, he rolled his eyes. “Do you want your nose pierced or not?”
“Yes, just … can you tell me something worse?” I pointed at the needle. “Something that is worse than that?”
He probably thought my request was insane, but that was how I coped with unpleasant things. Once I found out something worse, then it was easier to deal with. Whether it was a filling at the dentist or an end-of-term physics test, finding out things that were worse helped me deal with new challenges.
Green Mohawk Dude seemed to think about it as he looked around. A blond pregnant woman in tall suede boots and a fuchsia halter dress browsed through the gold hoops. With one gloved finger, he pointed at her. “Childbirth. Fairly certain that hurts worse.”
“I’m fifteen.” My turn to eye roll. “Something a little more relative? Not so obviously inappropriate?” I got ready to leave.
He pointed down at his black flip-flops. “See my big toes?”
My glance went downward and I flinched. His toes were big and callousy with yellowish nails. Easily the ugliest toes I’d ever seen.
Green Mohawk Dude said, “Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Coming down, my toes got smashed into the front of my boots. Ended up losing both my big toenails. Took them eleven months to grow back.”
I asked, “And that hurt worse than getting your nose pierced?”
“Guess so.” He shrugged. “Now, can we do this?”
Nodding, I closed my eyes as he shoved the needle through my skin.
A rush of stinging flooded up my nose. “Holy crap!” My eyes watered so bad I had to blink like crazy, then I finally gave up and kept them shut for a while. When I did open them again, first I glared at the green-haired liar standing in front of me, then looked in the mirror to check out the diamond adorning my nose. “Sweet.”
“No swimming in pools for a month. Even though they’re chlorinated, they could have germs. And lakes, rivers … avoid those. The ocean too. Just to be safe. You don’t want to get it infected.” He handed me a plastic baggie with alcohol swabs and Xeroxed instructions. “So now you can go back to the mainland with the new look you got in Honolulu.”
“Um, yeah,” I said, suddenly wondering just how much trouble I would be in when my parents saw my nose. “Actually, I don’t live on the mainland. I live the other direction, out on Midway Island.”
“Midway as in the Battle of Midway?”
I nodded.
His eyebrows went up and he nodded. “Very cool. You’re lucky.”
If I had a dollar for every time someone called me that, I’d be rich, because that’s all I heard when I told people about my life.
When I told them that I lived on a coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific:
When I told them that I didn’t go to a real school:
When I told them that I hung out among dolphins and monk seals and nesting albatross:
For three years, my parents had been research biologists on historic Midway, now a national wildlife refuge, so I lived there too, in the old admiral’s home called Midway House. Sure, there were cool things like having my own golf cart and making my own hours for home school and getting to hang out with National Geographic photographers. Plus the fact I knew more about ocean fish and seabirds than most postgraduate researchers.
Those things did make me feel lucky.
But then there were other things that did not make me feel so lucky.
Like having the Internet crap out for days at a time, and not even owning a cell phone because there was no reception, and getting only three television channels, one of which was CNN, none of which were MTV. What’s the point of even having television?
Not to mention being the only kid among fifty or so adults, which left me no one to talk to except for Facebook friends, and that was only when the Internet worked.
Lately it seemed there were a lot more days when my life felt less like luck and way more like suck.
I paid Green Mohawk Dude, tipped him a little, and then headed back for AJ’s apartment.
What saved me from going crazy most of the time was Dad’s sister, my aunt Jillian, who lived in Honolulu. AJ, as I called her, had a place right on Waikiki Beach and was a consultant, which meant she got to do all her work from home. She was way younger than Dad, only about thirty, and when I couldn’t take the isolation anymore, my parents would throw me on the supply flight returning to Honolulu from Midway and send me to her. And that’s where I had been spending the month of June.
When I walked in, AJ was on the phone. Her long brown hair was up in a clip and she had a plumeria-laden cover-up on over her red bikini. AJ’s eyes widened when she saw my nose, then she gave me a thumbs-up. As soon as she hung up, she came over and grabbed my chin, eyeing my new piercing. “Let me see this diamond I paid for.” She grinned. “Your parents are never going to let you come here again.”
I tossed my green crocheted purse on the table. “I’m getting my suit on.”
*   *   *
AJ spent every day sitting by the pool with me, although she did try to get me to branch out. She called through the bathroom door: “Can’t we do the beach today, Robie? We can get a good spot by the Hilton.”
“Nope.” I put on my purple cheetah bikini. “Two words. Sand and waves.”
She laughed. “For someone who lives on an island, you are the most ocean-aversive person I’ve ever met.”
“I love the ocean!” I protested, as I opened the door.
AJ groaned. “You just don’t like to touch it.”
“Exactly. I just like to look.” I pointed at my nose. “Plus I have instructions not to go in the water.”
She shook her head. “Finally, your perfect excuse to not get wet.”
We went down to the pool. Wearing my contented smile, I leaned back on my pool chair and turned on my e-reader to Stephen King’s newest, which I was almost done with. There was absolutely nowhere else I would rather be at that moment. “Now, this is the life.”
She asked, “So what shall we do tonight?”
Every evening we headed off to do something, like see a movie or get pedicures at Ala Moana Center. My toes currently sported bright orange polish, rhinestone flowers on both big toes. One night my aunt surprised me by having a friend of hers come and give me cornrows. My dirty-blond hair was almost to my waist, so it took forever. When she finished, I looked in the mirror and tried not to show my shock. With my tan, the cornrows looked a little tacky. And I didn’t look anything like myself. But I didn’t want to make AJ feel bad, so I lied and said I loved them. My dad would like them, so I planned on keeping them until I got back to Midway, just so he could see. Plus it was kind of fun to walk around, feeling unrecognizable.
AJ waited for me to answer about tonight.
“International Market Place?” I suggested.
“Sure. Cheesecake Factory after?”
That evening at the International Market Place, a collection of booths and shops selling anything and everything, I found a henna tattoo stand where a pretty Hawaiian lady, dark hair to her waist and three rings in her nose, beckoned to me.
I wanted a real tattoo, but my parents were already going to freak over my nose. AJ had signed the permission form only after I promised to take all the blame. That’s how deep her coolness went. She had even sprung for the diamond, which, even she admitted, totally rocked. So, given I’d already used up my quota of quasi-permanent bodily changes my parents would dislike, I started to look through the book of henna tattoo samples.
AJ tapped me on the arm. “I’m going to be right over there by those shell planters.”
The tattoo lady asked, “You want your aumakua?”
“What’s that?”
“Your ancestral guide. The spirit that protects your ohana. Your family, yeah?”
“I’m not Hawaiian.”
The tattoo lady smiled. “Mine is the honu.” She pointed to a picture of a sea turtle.
“I love green sea turtles.” I sat down on the wooden chair and propped my foot up on a stool.
With a little plastic bottle, she squeezed the brown henna out like she was painting, and it tickled my ankle. The henna turtle looked like brown mud when she finished. “It will dry, but leave it on, yeah?” She handed me a little baggie with a cotton ball inside. “It’s soaked in lemon juice. Squeeze this on several times and the henna will last longer.”
I handed her three wrinkled fives and went to find AJ.
There was a huge line outside the Cheesecake Factory, but I made my way through the crowd and inside the noisy restaurant where AJ was already at a table. We shared a slice of turtle cheesecake. AJ had just gotten a refill of decaf when her phone rang.
She glanced at her phone. “Barney.”
Even I knew Barney was the guy who gave her the most consulting work. AJ always took his calls. “Hey, Barn.”
I leaned down and touched my tattoo. The henna was stiff and felt like it was drying out my skin.
Back above the table, AJ’s eyes narrowed as she listened for a while. “Seriously?” She listened a little more and rolled her eyes. “No. No, that’s fine. I’ll come tomorrow.” She hung up and put a hand on mine. “I am so sorry, Robie. I’ve got to go to LA tomorrow.”
“That sucks.” I wasn’t looking forward to cutting short my trip and going back to Midway. But I saw her face and added, “It’s only a week short, I was going back next week anyway.” I took a sip of my Coke.
The waitress brought the bill and AJ got out her reading glasses. “You don’t have to go back.” She leaned forward like she was going to tell me a secret. “Bobbi can stay with you.”
Stifling a groan, I faked a smile.
Bobbi was a friend of AJ’s who lived on the other side of Oahu. We’d been up to see her a couple times at her beach house, which was always messy and full of smelly cats. Bobbi was old, like fifty, and had thick, waist-length dreadlocks and really tan, leathery-looking skin. She didn’t believe in bras. Or deodorant.
“No, that’s okay. I can go back to Midway.” I paused. “Or … I could just stay at your place by myself.”
She started to shake her head and protest, but I cut her off. “AJ, I’m almost sixteen.”
AJ huffed out her nose. “Robie. You are not almost sixteen. You’ve only been fifteen for two months.”
I shrugged. “Still, you have security up the ying-yang at your place, I know my way around…”
She looked at me over the top of her black cat-eye reading glasses. “Your parents would kill me.”
“We won’t tell them?”
AJ tapped the pen on the bill for a moment, and then pointed it at me. “Only if Bobbi stops in every day after work.”
Ew. “Every other day.”
Her voice was firm. “Every day.”
“Fine.” I held out my hand and we shook.
The next morning, after about an hour of instructions, admonitions, and warnings, AJ left for the airport. I was just getting ready for the pool when the phone rang. Bobbi said, “Hi, Robie. Jillian fly out yet?”
Technically not, since she was probably still sitting at the airport. “No.”
“I can’t talk, but can you give her a message for me?”
Bobbi’s words were rushed. “I’m not gonna be able to stop in like she asked me to. My car died and I have to carpool with a guy from up here.”
“That’s okay.” I smiled as I noticed AJ had left me a small fortune’s worth of bills on the counter.
“Can she get someone else to check in on you?”
“Yes. Definitely. Don’t worry about it.”
I hung up. I was free for a week. Although I did already miss AJ, I did a little dance.

Copyright © 2012 by S. A. Bodeen


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Reading Group Guide

1. Before she boards the plane home to Midway, Robie has a frightening encounter with a stranger in

Hawaii. Why do you think the author included this scene?

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge to Robie when she’s on the raft? (Food? Water? Boredom? Sharks?) How does her knowledge of nature help her deal with these challenges?

3. If you were stranded on a raft in the middle of the Pacific with one pack of Skittles, do you think you’d eat them in one sitting or save them? How long do you think you could make them last?

4. Discuss the pros and cons of Robie’s final encounter with Starbuck. Do you agree with her decision?

5. How do you think Max’s necklace ends up with Robie at the end?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Mission impossible

    The raft is full of emotion. I felt sucked into the emotional rollercoaster. I felt joy at her successes and raw in the disparaging moments. The end is where I felt the most raw. It's a compelling story of a girls struggles and how she overcomes them. This is a great story for ages 12 and up. She is 15. It really is an emotional journey. I can only give this advice, while reading this book, the reader is under deress and therefore is not responsible for their emotions.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    The Raft was such a fast read. I was gobbling up the book and fi

    The Raft was such a fast read. I was gobbling up the book and finished
    it in one sitting. While I was on a 7 hour airplane ride. Now I only
    mentioned where I read this book because The Raft is about an airplane
    ride gone wrong. The airplane crashes and the main protagonist ends up
    having to survive using only a raft and Max. So imagine how my nerves
    were every time we hit turbulence; my stomach would drop down to my
    feet. However I believe that actually made me enjoy the book even more!
    Robie always takes flights from where she lives to Honolulu whenever she
    feels like taking a break from her town and visiting her aunt. However
    due to some circumstances, her aunt had to leave and Robie stayed home
    alone at her aunt's house with the condition that her aunt's friend
    would check on her everyday, but what are the odds when the friend calls
    AFTER the aunt leaves and tells Robie she can't come and to tell her
    aunt that she's sorry. Of course Robie wanting to experience freedom
    says thank you to the friend and never mentions it to her aunt. One
    night Robie almost got robbed at night and was so scared that she went
    to the cargo airplane that was about to take off and asked if she can
    ride this flight. However when the air turbulence got so bad to the
    point of crashing, the co-pilot Max, throws Robie off the airplane and
    into an inflatable raft and jumps after her. This is when the survival
    lessons begin. I am always fascinated by the survival stories. How can
    a person survive through days without water? or alone in a place no one
    will find you without losing your mind? How can a sheltered girl somehow
    becomes strong in thinking and skills when it is required? Our bodies
    seem to always surprise and exceed the limitations we put on them during
    these times, and our brains also seem to know how to act in such
    situations. Robie is an example of that. She took care of Max, he was
    always asleep because of his concussion, she learnt quickly how to get
    food, water, to keep her mind busy before she lost it and to never lose
    hope. From time to time Max would wake up and talk about himself, which
    seems to be the only connection she had to human life. She was a true
    survivor. The way S.A. Bodeen wrote The Raft with just one setting, one
    person, and barely another conscious one was just addicting. When I
    first started The Raft I had my reservations: How can I read about one
    person thinking throughout the whole book in one setting without much
    interaction? let me just say again that I could NOT put the book down no
    matter how sleepy I got. It was pure enthrallment. As for the ending,
    boy was that an emotional ending, you might think this is a simple
    survival novel, but what S.A. Bodeen through at the end totally shocked
    me and had me shouting "WOW! Genius!!". I will not post any
    spoilers in case you want to read it. The Raft was another amazing
    survival novel that strengthened my love for survival novels even more!
    With so little to work with, I mean it is set in a RAFT, S.A. Bodeen
    knew how to keep the readers hooked and unable to stop her novel till
    the end!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013


    Its similar to the book, The Cay by Theodore Taylor

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    This book is an emotional roller coaster for the reader. Robie i

    This book is an emotional roller coaster for the reader. Robie is involved in a cargo plane crash and survives, along with the co-pilot Max. This whole book reminded me of an episode of the Animal Planet show: I Shouldn't Be Alive. There were many parts of this book were Robie was close to dying. Robie is only a 15 year old girl: she is incredibly resourceful in this novel and really has to rely on herself. This book confused me greatly because it is told in a first person narrative from Robie. As the reader, we do not know if many of the things that happen are real or if Robie is imagining them. The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger depending on how you look at it. This book is definitely worth the read. It is highly emotional and gave me many cases of goosebumps. It is light in pages, but it is a thought provoking read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013


    Raft is about a girl named Robie ends up in a plane crash with a new vo pilot shes never seen before. They soon have nothing t eat and the only thing they can dtink is rain. Soon Robie is alone on an island and has to survive. The raft has been torn up and theres no help on the way. Raft is an awsome book for all ages

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    Title: The Raft Author: S.A. Bodeen Genre: YA survival The Ra

    Title: The Raft

    Author: S.A. Bodeen

    Genre: YA survival

    The Raft is both a gruesome, stark and poetic novel at the same time. Told from the point of view of a Robbie, a teenage girl that
    survives a plane crash, this survival story is sure to send chills down your spine and keep you flipping the pages as fast as possible
     (or at least that’s what I did).

    Robbie is taking a quick flight from Honolulu to Midway Atoll, where her family lives. She’s taken the flight several times, but this time
     there is a new copilot, named Max, on board with her as well. When the plan goes down in the middle of the night, Robbie’s life
     becomes a living nightmare. 

    Max pushes Robbie out of the plane and follows after her minutes before the plane hits the ocean. With nothing but a leaky lifeboat, a
     bag of skittles and an almost-useless-but-not-quite Coastal Commander kit between the two of them, things quickly go from bad to
    worse. After several days without food or water, Robbie finds herself becoming more and more delirious. Max has barely spoken at all,
    so Robbie starts talking to herself.

    Eventually, because the raft is still leaking, Robbie is forced to lessen the weight the raft is bearing to slow down the rate of the water
    leaking through. She puts Max (who is unconscious) in a life vest and pushes him out of the raft, making sure there is a rope securely
    attached from his life vest to the raft. I’m not going to say anymore about this matter except that things start to get creepy from this point

    After a week or so at sea, Robbie finally lucks out and stumbles onto a small island. Although she no longer has to worry about sharks
    in the water, Robbie must test her survival skills to their limit. She needs food, water and most importantly, rescue. Max isn’t much help
    at this point and Robbie is extremely weak as well. 

    On the island, Robbie quickly learns that death is part of life, and it isn’t always pretty. Robbie also learns that sometimes by
     “helping” out a situation, you’re actually making it worse. Seriously *********spoiler alert********* I almost cried when Robbie thought
    she was saving the baby seal when in reality she was killing it.

    Although the details of the novel were vivid and at times gruesome, the writing is also poetic. In fact, I feel like some of the shorter
    chapters could stand as a poem on their own. Most of the novel is still written in standard novel format, but the scattered poetic writing
    pieces found throughout the book really enhances the story.

    One thing I must say though: I was NOT prepared for the ending at all. I had to reread the last few pages to make sure I’d read it right.
    Bodeen creates some serious twist and turns in the plot. I got some serious chills and shivers after finishing the book. Warning:
    this is not a book for the faint hearted!

    Likes: *the poetic writing was flawlessly combined with the narrative writing
    • the chapters were short but action packed
    • the author doesn’t shy away from vivid details

    Dislikes: *I got a bit mad with Robbie at some points throughout the book; I mean, she was kind of selfish when she stole
     food from Mac (though given the circumstances, I probably would’ve done the same)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    awsome book

    Love how its suspensful in between chapters

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    ok, could be better. you would think that a book about being str

    ok, could be better.
    you would think that a book about being stranded on a raft would have a lot of detail, it really didnt. it bored me at many points when they were on the raft. i found a lot of the main character's thoughts included much unecissary information that was a drag to read. the other character "max," didnt have any personality or humor and really didnt make much sense. i felt like he was just there to keep the main character company. otherwise, it was a good book and idea, i just wish it was writtin better.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Love it

    I loved this book. There were surprises at every end and you never predicted the ending. I loved how you felt her emotions. Its a great book and as i said before I loved it and so did my friends.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    The Raft

    This book makes you think. What would happen if I didn't have anything and was stranded on an island... What Robie experiences is amazing. The story is extremly well written and I couldn't put the book down. I would reccomend this to any adventurous reader out there :)

    reviewed by a middle school girl

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    So when it came to The Raft by author S.A. Bodeen I have gotta a

    So when it came to The Raft by author S.A. Bodeen I have gotta admit that I was a bit hesitant. The last time I read a novel about a character being deserted and left to survive by themselves, I was left majorly disappointed and slightly annoyed… but I’m glad that the Raft finished and left me in a fairly positive mood. The Raft was the type of novel that I personally believe survival stories should be about, just because it focuses more on the fact that the character is aware of her imminent doom and is left to fend for herself.

    The Raft focuses on main character Robie who after being left alone in an apartment in Hawaii, stows away on a plane to get back to the island her parents are at. The plane crashes and Robie finds herself lost at sea in a life raft with limited supplies with the plane’s co-pilot Max. Robie battles the ocean itself, her humanity and comes to term with the fact that unless she comes across a miracle she will die. In The Raft, you find yourself watching Robie as she struggles not only physically but—and more excitingly—psychologically.

    The Raft began in a way that I found amusing and a bit relatable, it starts with the main character getting her nose pierced. Immediately I found myself smiling and getting bitten with a bit of jealousy (I’ve always wanted a nose piercing!!) and considering the fact that Robie is told that if she gets ocean water into the piercing hole that it would get infected I noticed the irony. And spoiler alert: It totally gets infected, in case that much wasn’t obvious enough already. Anyhow, Robie finds herself left to her own business in her friend’s apartment and after getting assaulted in the mall, leaves to go be with her parents.

    While surviving in the raft, Robie grows close with Max who throughout the novel slips in and out of consciousness. I have to admit the entire novel I questioned Max’s existence as a character, he seemed strange and wasn’t built up on all that much—he didn’t seem ideal to the plot until the very end of the novel which I’ll get into later. I will say that Max did seem romantic considering whenever he spoke about his dead girlfriend you got a real sense of tragedy from Bodeen’s writing style.

    I think it’s a bit bad that the entire novel I was secretly hoping that the novel would get very realistic and that Robie would in fact die. I mean, there would be a total sense of realism there right? How many people who get lost at sea actually survive and get to come home all perfect and peachy? Zero. (And if I find a bunch of comments with statistics and how the above was completely wrong… Gabby ‘gon find you. )

    The ending of the novel I found would have been my favorite part, considering that the climax of the plot (I found) is when we learn that Max is actually *omitted from review via the bat cave computer*. It was crazy and makes your eyes widen in shock and the fact that everything suddenly makes sense after the *omitted* event.

    I would recommend the Raft to fans of Lost Girls, readers who want a quick entertaining read that can be finished in one sitting and fans who want to know what it feels like to be lost at sea.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    This looks like a very good book

    This looks very entertaining

    2 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014


    I really enjoyed.reading this book. I think it is one of my favorites. I loved how robbie ( main character) is very brave she is very determineated to make it on her own. I dont want to give away spoilers if you are reading this before reading the RAFT. I have read this book two times, it never gets old! I really like the part when she is making it all alone stranded on the island. You will see when you read the book. Trust me you wont want to put it down. In this action. Suspensful,and, worrieng boo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Pretty good

    Not a bad read. It was an easy book to get in to and it wasnt as boring as i thought it was going to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Great Read and will Keep you On Ur Toes- for teens!

    This book was purchased as a group reading (of 4) in my daughter's freshman high school English class. She was in awe of it. She loved the dynamic ending and was totally surprised how it ended. A great read for Teens!! Similar ways to the sixth sense movie. :):)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Poorly written

    I was expecting much more after reading the review. Then after reading the book i was so let down! First of all it was poorly written, then the story line wasn't even that good. What a wast of money!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

    This was a really good book.It always had me on the edge of my seat. Go SA Bodeen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013


    LOVE IT!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013


    I love this book!! Its so thrilling and exiting! Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013


    Loved this book, suprisingly the book tricked me. Though, it is still very good.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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