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The Raft

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  4,308 ratings  ·  885 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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spoiler alert: this book is not very good

seriously, i am not the one to come to for one-star book reviews. i rarely give a book one star. so you know when i hate a book, i HAAAATE a book. and i hated this one with every part of me that there is.

this book has the most infuriating "protagonist" that i have ever encountered, ever. ever.

here's a quick nature lesson from the book:

the young albatross touched down in the water when they got tired. some of them didn't...more
Mar 11, 2012 Jo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, for-review, e, own, 2012
This book is going to be difficult to review because I am in two minds.

Ms Bodeen showed the monotony of being stranded on a raft. Thankfully, I have never been in a plane crash and the closest I’ve ever been to being stranded on a raft is when my brother once stole the paddles of the dinghy and pushed me into the middle of a swimming pool.
But I imagine that...more
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 al...more
Kayla Anderson
Ok, When I say this book is bad.. It's a TRUE understatement. The whole book, plot and everything seems SO FORCED.

The reason why she's too scared to stay in Honolulu -FORCED AND NOT PRACTICAL No random homeless guy is going to pull on your hair and NO ONE is going to say anything before he's too close for comfort. PLUS Some homeless guy isn't gonna scare you to the point that you just wanna go home. Just an act of poor pla...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Ugh. Someone's been watching far too many Tom Hanks movies. And I don't just mean me.
I'll try to review this soon, but how do you even review the dullest book ever?
Savannah (Books With Bite)
An amazing book from start to finish, I loved it. So many emotions of fear, uncertainty, guilt, etc flowing through the reader.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the great plot line of being out on sea, ALL ALONE. No food, no water, no cell phone, no ONE! And the worst part, the thought that you could possibly die a slow death if no one finds you. I admit that, that thought right there makes me shiver. I think I'd go crazy or worse kill myself so that I don't have to do it slowly. How Robie...more
I've been feeling in the mood for a survival novel for a long time, so when I spotted The Raft in the bookstore, I was ecstatic. It promised everything I wanted in a book right then: sharks, a plane crash, and a raft. Even though I finished this book yesterday, I really can't remember much about it, which only happens when a book just doesn't do it for me or when I'm incredibly tired. Since I'd just come back rested from my holidays, I gather it was the former. For me The Raft was a lightning-qu...more
This was a fast moving book. It was full of tension and twists. I got through it in a few hours not only because it had a great pace, but because I was fixated on the story, needing to know how it ended.

Fifteen-year-old Robie lives with her parents on a small island in Hawaii. There's dodgy internet, only three channels on the TV, and nothing for a girl to do. Her only saving grace is her cool, single aunt who lives on the main land, and Robie can go and stay there whenever. But when a lack of c...more

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4.5 stars

That Raft is the story of 15-year-old Robie. She lives with her parents on Midway Atoll in the Hawaiian Islands. An island where the phones & internet can go down for days at a time, there are only 3 channels on cable, everyone knows everyone... and Robie is the only teenager on the entire little island. So, Robie visits her aunt in Honolulu as much as she can. The Raft opens up to one of these visits.

Robie is disappointed...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Fifteen-year-old Robie has always been told that she is lucky - she's lucky that she gets to live on the Midway Atoll with her National Geographic photographer and scientist parents, lucky she does not have to go to regular school or do regular homework, lucky that she gets the experience of growing up in a beautiful, idyllic secluded tropical island locale. But Robie hasn't really felt lucky - she sees life on Midway as a great experience, but she's over...more
Let me start out by saying that I have read two other books by S.A. Bodeen (THE COMPOUND – 5 Glasses and THE GARDENER – 4 Glasses) and really enjoyed them. Both of them were Sci-Fi so I was a little surprised when I saw THE RAFT was written by her as well. Obviously, you can tell by the ratings that I liked her Sci-Fi much better.

I do want to give S.A. Bodeen a big high five for writing STAND ALONE novels! Those are so hard to come by in today’s trilogies and series.

Robie is staying in Honolulu...more
Mackenzie H
I gave this book 5 stars.

Plot Summery-
What could be worse? Robie, a teenage girl from islands near Hawaii, always asked herself ths question when somehig bad was about to happen so she knew what was going to happen wasn't that bad, but after living through a plane crash in salty shark infested water she now knows what can be worse, because she undured the worst. The plane is about to go down as Max, the plane's co-pilot, pushes Robie out into the waters below and then jumps in himself. She is un...more
Oct 09, 2012 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: younger teens/tweens
Shelves: 2012, maybe
2.5 stars

{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

I am desperately seeking a kick-ass survival book. If I hear that a book involves lifeboats and/or being marooned on a island, I am all over it.

As a result, I had high hopes for S.A. Bodeen’s young adult survival novel, The Raft.

Unfortunately, like the other survival story I read this year, The Lifeboat, The Raft didn’t live up to my (very high) expectations. With that said, I think there’s an audience that will enjoy this l...more
Yousra Serry
I gave this 3 stars because that simply says "I liked it". well, more like a 3.5 because " I did like it"

First off, I'm a big fan of flying. I love the idea of flying so I'm really not afraid of getting on a plane and enjoying it! not only that, I also, call me sick , love reading about crashes and I'm a huge Lost and Life of Pi fan. so the idea of a plane crash or trying to survive at the ocean is definitely a story I'd be more than willing to read.
so when I saw The Raft it was a must-rea...more
This book has a lot of things I'm terrified of:
Sharks, being stranded, plane crashes, being alone in the middle of nowhere, being on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Seriously, makes my skin crawl, especially those sharks. This was not a smart book to be reading while taking a bath...creepy.

But, it was soo good! This author is a "wham-bam-thank-you-mam" writer. He also wrote The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, which I loved. He writes really fast-paced, adventure books that still somehow manage to grab your interest and make...more
Megan Coward
I believe the YA readers are a sensitive and volatile bunch of readers and of an age when they are vulnerable to influences - good and bad. Books exert an enormous power over the YA reader and a strong character resonates more with a teen than with any other reader. I champion books that subtly teach with characters, themes and settings that come alive.

I am not sure what this book was teaching. The meh character, Robie, is an ordinary kid (replete with wanna-be tattoos and forbidden piercings a...more
Anastasia & Amelia
Aug 03, 2012 Anastasia & Amelia marked it as to-read
Judging the Book by its Cover

"Raft," looks ... for lack of a better word ...intense. The girl on the cover looks like everything in life that could possibly go wrong, has gone wrong. The raft is holding her lifeless-looking body up. In fact, she looks like she's desperately holding on to that last string of life. We're wondering... "What the heck, why isn't she swimming?" More specifically, where's that stereotyped, hot lifeguard that saves the damsel in distress?!

Ahhh, that's more like it. Se
Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
“The Raft” is a young adult novel by S.A. Bodeen. The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Robey who is marooned at sea after a plane crash. This book was a very quick but satisfying read. The book opens with Robie asking the guy who’s about to pierce her nose “Can you tell me something worse?” She points at the needle. “Something that is worse than that?” This idea is turned on its head when she’s met with one of the worst things that could ever happen to a person- a plane crash and bei...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to thank Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read The Raft. I have to say this book was very surprising and at times confusing. Robie is at her aunts house where she runs wild. She loves being at her aunts house because she is not alone and she is able to do whatever she wants. Then her aunt leaves to go on a business trip and leaves Robie all alone. She does not want to be alone so she goes home on a small supplies plane when something happens and she finds herself...more
Ok this book starts out with a lot of promise. Robie is kind of dumb. Well like maybe a lot dumb. Ok. But she is tolerable. Or maybe that was because I knew she was going to crash and be stranded at sea for a while. (Never claimed to be a nice person/hey, she's fictional). But the premise of the book was very promising. It just never delivered. Yeah the twist was kind of shocking, but mostly it was huh? Ok. Robie disregards almost all of the life saving info she has been given and kind of just d...more
Robie is visiting her aunt in Hawaii when her aunt has to leave to Los Angeles for business. Robie begs to stay by herself and her aunt agrees on the condition that her friend checks in on her. Well her friend ends up being busy so Robie is left all alone. She is scared and is even grabbed by a crazy person on her way home from McDonalds onenight so Robie decides she wants to head home early after all and gets on the small cargo shipment heading to her small home island Midway. A storm hits and...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

No joke, I have a fear of flying over the ocean. I swear if I ever had to do that I'd 1), need to sedated, because I wouldn't be able to sit that long, and 2), I would be beyond paranoid that the plane I would on would crash into the ocean. Don't ask me why I have this fear, because I've never flown over the ocean and you'd think flying over the ocean would be safer than flying over the mountains. Regardless, my fear becomes Robie's nightmare in The RAFT.

The Raft is a book I've been lo...more
A Book and A Record

I don’t usually hate books, as a matter of fact I consider myself to be a major book lover, but . . . I really hated this book. The Raft has one of the most misleading blurbs I have ever seen. I would dissect it, but I think that would be a little too much snarky on a Thursday. Let’s just say: Robie is NOT an experienced traveler. And it is that once sentence: “Robie is an experienced traveler” that ruined this novel for me.
So how can you still give it a two? Well, let me exp...more
J.L. Luton
I read this because my 12 year old daughter read it. She said she liked it and mentioned being (happily) surprised at one of the twists in the plot.

What I liked was how real (aspects) of Robie sounded. She's a young 15, very unaware and thinks she's more worldly than she is. I also found her attempts to rebel as realistic to her age and life experiences. I also liked how she froze when there was serious plane trouble and ended up not putting her life vest on. I've read other reviews calling her...more
Lucky. It's what Robie Mitchell is considered but she doesn't feel very lucky when she finds herself living a nightmare, stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a flimsy raft! With an unconscious co-pilot her only company, and a bag of Skittles for food!

While visiting Aunt Jillian, unexpectedly she's called away, Robie makes the choice to go home. The cargo plane that she catches has a weight limit but Robie didn't get that memo. The plane starts to go down Robie and Max are the only one...more
The Raft is a great survival tale for middle grades; sort of Life of Pi meets The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon at recess. Bodeen is a remarkable writer: you never know what she's hiding until the moment she chooses to reveal it (a talent she put to fantastic use here, as well as in The Compound ). She uses a light touch on traumatic subjects, making tragedy graceful. Her ability to eloquently shock us makes her one of the most underrated YA authors writing today.

The premise for this book was so exciting – but I found the execution to be extremely lacking.

If I have to spend 200 pages with one single character, I need to relate to her, know her, be captivated by her voice. Unfortunately, Robie felt very bland to me. Plus, I found the events that lead Robie to get in the plane really forced, and the final twist to be unnecessary. It didn’t add any depth to the story, really.

Still, it wasn’t a bad book. A lot happens on the water and it felt realistic...more
This book was absolutely amazing in every way. It had suspense, action, mystery, tragedy, comedy, adventure, survival situations, surprises, thrills, chills and so much more. I honestly have never read a single book that was better than "The Raft", and I'm not sure if I ever will. The story was perfectly written, the plot was incredible and the characters were so amazingly developed and described that it almost felt like they were right next to you. The way that it was written made me feel like...more
I read the book, The Raft by S.A. Bodeen, it was actually surprisingly a really good book. It is about this one girl named Robbie who lives on these really small islands in Hawaii, and she visits with her aunt, who lives in Honolulu very frequently. When she goes down to see her aunt, she stays there for only a few days until her aunt gets a business call which will make her have to fly up to California and cut Robbie's trip short. After that happens Robbie is a little disappointed that she has...more
I might have read this book at the wrong time since it's about a 15 year old girl who lives on an island in Hawaii and she goes on a plane that crashes. I am leaving for Hawaii in 11 days, so right now I'm just praying that reading this wasn't a warning or a bad omen. LOL If it was, I will at least remember some of the things to do or not do while on a raft in the ocean. LOL

This girl was on a survival journey and, as all survivors do, she certainly has a story to tell. Robie is the maim characte...more
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Also writes as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen.

Stephanie is the award-winning author of the Elizabeti's Doll series of picture books, as well as several others. Her first young adult novel The Compound was released in 2008 and recently won the Maryland BlackEyedSusan Award, Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and the Indiana Young Hoosier Award. Her second YA The Gardener was featured on Good Morning America as a...more
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