The Survival Kit
By Donna Freitas
Release Date: 10/11/11
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
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MY RATING: 5 Stars
When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a paper kite, for letting go.
As Rose ponders the meaning of each item, she finds herself returning again and again to an unexpected source of comfort. Will is her family’s gardener, the school hockey star, and the only person who really understands what she’s going through. Can loss lead to love?
The Survival Kit is one seriously backlisted book that is seriously good. The Survival Kit is one of my favorite contemporary novels ever, it so amazing and fantastic *lets out deep breath*, I could probably read it over and over again without tire. The Survival Kit is for sure, one of those contemporary books with some serious heart, it has drama – but it’s realistic well written drama, and it feels very realistic. You can definitely tell while reading The Survival Kit that it isn’t just words put together in a way that lets the reader know the main character is sad, the words are arranged so the reader can almost feel the characters own sadness.
The characters of The Survival Kit felt real. Especially Rose, a teenage girl who has lost her mother and looks to find herself through pretty much, random objects her mother has left behind. This is Rose’s “Survival Kit”. One of my favorite parts of The Survival Kit is Rose finding herself, her, shall I say it…”journey” to accepting and realizing things are different now that her mother is gone. It’s a super sweet story with a light romance in it that is plain adorable.
The plot of The Survival Kit was steady, it wasn’t fast or full of action. It was perfect. I mean, it is a contemporary novel, it’s not going to be action packed and all. But yet, the plot remained perfect, there was the right amount of drama in the right places and there were the cutest sparks of romance in the right places. It all worked out perfectly. The Survival Kit is one of those cutesy teenage contemporaries about finding yourself and a little bit of love. I highly recommend The Survival Kit.