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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
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Hardcover, 351 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Limonessa
Feb 09, 2012 Limonessa rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Close to perfect, really close. Why hasn't everybody read Donna Freitas already? That's right, because this book is not out on e-format yet, that's why. Publishing house(s), whatcha waiting for?

Ok, let me start by saying that I was choking up on page SIX.
Let me introduce myself: my middle name is cynical. I don't choke up. I just don't. This book had me swallowing tears at least 5 times. Geeze.
Unfortunately, it hit too close to home but nevermind that, it's not exactly the point. Th
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Reynje
Bracing yourself for an impact that never arrives is a strange sensation.

When it becomes clear that the anticipated pain is not going to make an appearance, there’s a moment of confusion before the tensed muscles release, before the flinch fades, before the shielding hands come down. A suspended second where the expectation and the reality don’t quite connect, and you have to reassess what’s going on.

As I read The Survival Kit, I think I had been unconsciously readying myself for an emotional
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Keertana
May 24, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooon
The Survival Kit is written for the readers who painstakingly shy away from issue novels; from the inevitable pain and hurt and pure emotion that they bring. While Freitas's novel is beautifully written, capturing the emotions of grief and heartache in a seamless manner and integrating within this story a romance that is both deep and palpable, the inevitable "punch" that is common to most grief novels - you know, that moment when it seems as if the wind has been knocked out from you and the flo ...more
Norah Una Sumner
Jan 03, 2016 Norah Una Sumner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Norah by: goodreads I guess
Everyone knows there isn’t a cure—your brain absorbs this unconsciously from ads you see on television and all those races for the cure that people sponsor. But when someone you love is diagnosed, all rationality disappears. You think there has to be exceptions to this rule, and I wanted Dr. Stellar to tell us that Mom was one of these.


As someone who lost a parent after a horrible battle to cancer,I completely enjoyed in this amazing book.For the last couple of months I've been reading fantas
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Isamlq
Feb 14, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
A lot of what I liked in Survival Kit had to do with Rose and Will then only later with Rose with and her family, particularly her with her brother as they dealt with what they had to. It’s an emotional read, but not as emotional as I was thinking it was going to be. Sure, most of what I felt for them was something quiet and sad, yet there were moments too that felt sweet and lovely and only a couple of bits that had me (or was it Rose?) feeling maybe bitterly disappointed.

Will. I thought I had
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Choco
Feb 13, 2012 Choco rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-enjoyed
Readalong with Reynje. My copy was given to me by her too. I can't thank her enough.

This one is hard to rate and review.
Let me just say that I was out of sync with this book from the start. The author and I are not cognitively compatible. If you liked the book, please skip the next part or know that this is my personal reactioin and just an example of bad chemistry between an author and a reader.

The book starts with, "I found it on the day of my mother's funeral, tucked in a place she knew I wou
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Rachael
Jun 19, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Nothing has been the same since Rose’s mother died. Rose misses her more than anything, and her absence makes Rose’s entire life feel off kilter. When Rose finds a Survival Kit that her mom made especially for her, she realizes that she needs to at least try to heal. Her mother left her a paper bag containing a picture of peonies, a crystal heart, a box of crayons, a paper star, an iPod with an empty playlist, and a paper kite, and Rose owes it to her mother to make the most of what she’s been g ...more
♥ Sarah
Sigh.

The Survival Kit was just one of those beautifully wistful, yet tender and gut-wrenching and haunting kind of reads. I tumbled through a dizzying cycle of emotions, as Rose dealt with the loss of her mother, and as the burden of "moving on" crushed Rose. Her life, her whole world, and her sense of self deteriorates around her, and her only way out of it all is to just survive.

At first, I was shocked and disappointed with Will. But then his indiscretion and my disappointment reaffirmed the i
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Riina
Feb 22, 2015 Riina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Jederzeit, selbst in den Momenten größten Glücks, kann unsere Welt ohne Vorwarnung in Stücke zerbrechen. Der Verlust lauert überall und zeigt uns sein hässliches Antlitz immer dann, wenn wir es am wenigsten erwarten.“ (S. 325)

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Ein iPod mit Liedern, ein Foto mit Pfingstrosen, ein Kristallherz, Papiersterne – das alles befindet sich in der schlichten braunen Papiertüte mit der Aufschrift Roses Survival Kit, die Rose am Tag der Beerdigung ihrer Mutter findet. Es ist ein letztes Gesche
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Paige
Mar 22, 2012 Paige rated it liked it
Rose was always close to her mother. After her mother dies from cancer, she and her family (her father & older brother Jim) must recover from her death. Rose’s mother was infamous for making Survival Kits for the parents of children she taught. These kits contained items to help the parents through their difficulties of missing their children and they were very popular. Rose discovers one of these kits in her closet, containing six items that will allow her to move on from her grief. As she ...more
Steph Su
Jan 03, 2012 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Donna Freitas is arguably YA’s best kept secret: her books are released with little fanfare, yet they are all beautifully, subtly written contemporary stories that linger in readers’ emotions for a long time to come. THE SURVIVAL KIT takes on a premise that has become unfortunately conventional in terms of contemporary YA plots, and manages to make it into a heartwarming, memorable, and utterly unique story.

Strangely enough, THE SURVIVAL KIT begins with a slew of clichés: the dead mother, the al
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Lisa
Reread: March 2015

I picked this back up randomly because I wanted to see if my rating would change but nope, it's still a 4.5-5 star read for me. I still have the songs from this book in my playlist, and I still cried at the same spots I remember crying at the first time (me and my paper heart). I love the idea of the Survival Kit, and watching Rose navigate her way through her grief from losing her mother with the things she left her.

Still a fab read.


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Carolynne
Three and one half stars. Mild spoiler alert: I loved the concept of the creative "survival kits" and I'm sorry Jim's wasn't more integrated into the story. The characters are relatable and sympathetic, especially hockey star Will. My only quibble is that I think even a seven year old would have understood why Will couldn't go to the hospital with Rose near the end. It's impossible for me to believe that Rose didn't.

This book is partly about the power of music to heal and support the listener. B
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Nana
Feb 20, 2015 Nana rated it it was amazing
One of the best read so far... Hehe. Habis ngasih rate 1 bintang, dapet buku yang bisa di-rate 5 bulet-bulet itu rasanya... "HUWAAAAAHHH!!!!" Seneng banget.

Ceritanya bittersweet banget. Rose Madison baru kehilangan ibunya karena kanker. Sejak itu, ia menutup diri. Dia berhenti dari cheerleaders, dia nggak bisa lagi denger musik. Dan hal ini membuat dia terancam kehilangan popularitasnya juga, karena pacarnya, pemain football andalah sekolah, Chris, nggak bisa menerima perubahan Rose dan memutus
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Naban (hiatus)
A picture of peonies, an iPod, some crayons, a paper star, a crystal heart, and a kite.

These are the contents of Rose's Survival Kit, and they are what helps her cope with the death of her Mother, who was a cancer patient.

After the death of Rose's mother is when everything changed. Rose is no longer the girl she used to be. She becomes the ex-cheerleader, the ex-girlfriend, and the girl who used to go to social events and had fun. Rose is stuck with her grief and the responsibility of taking ca
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Ashe
Just a short few sentences on why I didn't like this...

I read to page 119 and gave up. There was nothing really wrong with the story... I just found it boring and hard to get into. Rose's mom is already dead at the start and the snippets that we read about her are too far apart to spark any feelings. (in the beginning, at least)

The rest of the characters were a little flat too. There's Rose, the grieving girl, Dad, the depressed guy, Krupa, the faithful sidekick, Will, the hidden depths guy, an
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K
Mar 08, 2012 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
As good as all the reviews claim.

Rose’s mother died on June fourth. After the funeral she discovers one of her mother’s infamous Survival Kits made especially for her. Her mom was a preschool teacher and dealt with sad parents at the start of every school year. The kits were a family project every August so that all of her new parents would have something to help them let go of their little ones. Rose discovers a hodgepodge of items in her bag and sets out to accomplish what her mother intended,
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Kristi
Aug 25, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a First Reads Giveaway.
If there was a half star option, I might have given this 4 1/2 stars, but there isn't and I honestly couldn't put this one down.

The story follows Rose, a sixteen year old girl, as she struggles to come to terms with her mother's death. The different family members and those around them use different techniques to deal with their grief, and overall I found it to be quite realistic. The romance in the novel is measured in pace while still reflecting
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Madison
Mar 04, 2012 Madison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
Wow. Just wow. I feel like there are plenty reviews full of the synopsis. So I'm just going to share my honest opinion about this book. This woman really knows how to write. I could NOT be pulled away from the story. I loved Rose and Will and all her friends and family. The right characters were tangible, and the right ones were just out of reach. It was amazing how the author was able to bring the emotions alive SO wonderfully. I giggled and blushed with Rose, and then I cried my eyes out for R ...more
Yousor
Feb 09, 2012 Yousor rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! This book is so... I'm not sure how to describe my feelings right now. I finished it yesterday and I'm still speechless. Ms. Freitas writing was so beautiful and this book had my crying several times. It felt like it was my own part of a Survival Kit.

I loved, loved Rose. She was so sweet and I could defintely see why she was so lost and "empty". She was also so caring and was there for her brother and father. Even though I loved Chris, I felt like he was like a rock, weighing her down
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April
Oct 14, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, library, contemporary
After finishing The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas, I had to immediately let my contemporary loving friends know how great it is. I practically burst into song with praises for The Survival Kit. You see, on first glass at the description, a reader might thing blah, joust another grief book, but I’m here to say with ALL my wisdom – don’t dismiss The Survival Kit. Donna Freitas’s style is similar to Sarah Dessen and honestly The Survival Kit is such a tender book, I loved it.

Read the rest of my rev
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Ricki
May 01, 2012 Ricki rated it it was amazing
I loved the pacing of this novel. Freitas revealed just enough to keep me satisfied while wanting more. I found myself thinking about this book every time I put it down--it has such depth. Rose's emotional strength amid the crises in her life was incredibly admirable. I didn't want to finish reading because I was so attached to her! By the end, I was already planning my own survival kits. This is a great, great novel. I would recommend it to all readers. Sarah Dessen lovers will enjoy it, but bo ...more
Arianne
May 17, 2014 Arianne rated it it was amazing
My love for this book is immeasurable.

One of my favorites for this year!

Rose lost her mother to cancer. After the funeral, Rose finds something unexpected - a survival kit - to cope her mother's death.

I can't find anything wrong with this book. Family dynamic is strong here. Friendship is super strong. The whole cheerleader and football scenario isn't stereotypical at all. Romance is super duper strong. Also, crying is super strong. (I shed tears) And we get Rose's playlist at the end, which i
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Anjali
I basically skimmed this entire book and finished it in two hours. I wanted to enjoy this book, and with a rating of 4.02 stars, why wouldn't I?

Well, here's why: The plot of a girl having everything turning into her life slowly unraveling after having a loved one died has been seen only, maybe for umpteen times. Freitas did not put any original spin with the exception of these Survival Kits that the main character, Rose, makes with her friends after receiving one of her own from her late mother
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Melissa
The Survival Kit is the story about Rose coming to terms with her mother passing on from cancer and how she draws strength from the survival kit her mother made for her before dying. Unfortunately, I couldn't relate to Rose's character or her grief. I didn't feel like her grief was convincing enough. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to say that her grief was not real but I did feel that it could have been written better. I did like the way Rose's relationship with her mother was written, and how ...more
Zoe and the Edge
May 08, 2013 Zoe and the Edge rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, squeaky-clean
Rose is a good character. She's strong and doesn't mope a lot. I liked that her school friends were ready to receive her back into the fold as soon as she became ready. They're really supportive with her.

Krupa is the best friend. She's Indian and I really liked her. She's a fabulous bestie and loyal too. I loved how she navigated around Rose's whims and remembered the monthly anniversaries for Rose's mother's death.

Will is the silent and steady variety. The kind that makes you feel any unnecess
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Becky Canovan
Feb 27, 2012 Becky Canovan rated it really liked it
I was warned. When Amy suggested that I read this book immediately in an email at 1:10am, I should have known this book would cost me some sleep. She was right, I was right, and Kelly who sent her ARC home with me last weekend was right too.

I wasn't entirely sold on Donna Freitas after her first book, but I am so glad I gave her a second chance. Her characters are well developed and I found myself wanting to reach through the pages to give them a hug on numerous occasions.

As I got going, this b
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Zee
Mar 30, 2016 Zee added it
The thing i loved about this book the most was the characters. Donna Freitas has done an awesome work in managing to make me love each an every character that i felt their pain, joy, and found myself sobbing whenever any did.
i highly recommend this book :)
kb
Apr 11, 2013 kb rated it liked it
Shelves: much-cries
I am happy to report that this book was nothing you would want to survive from… because that would mean the story was too awful you had to drag-read (there I go inventing words again). And this was not that at all. The writing is realistic, honest and something that feels familiar, like the author has been digging around your chest of feelings and put it into words. I also loved how there were not much of those stereotypes usually found in a grief and/or teen novel and come to think of it, not m ...more
Mariam
Aug 20, 2014 Mariam rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
The Survival Kit starts off like all books containing the death of a family member: sadly. It was cliche and yes, I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did at the end. To be honest, it was far from cliche. Sure she was an ex cheerleader, dated a football player, but Rose was a lot more. She was flawed but beyond all honest to herself.

She didn't waste time wallowing, let people help her survive the death of her mother. I especially liked how she'd been the one to take her relationship with Wil
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