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The Raft

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  6,236 ratings  ·  1,197 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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Alondra it has no sexual content its about a girl surviving on a raft there is a tiny bit of violence about a shark that grabbed a seal but that happens once…moreit has no sexual content its about a girl surviving on a raft there is a tiny bit of violence about a shark that grabbed a seal but that happens once and it has no descriptions on that part and it is not scary my :) (less)
Maia Reuter I read it like 2 years ago and I still love it and read it constantly. So I think you should read it
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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
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
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
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 pl
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?
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
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Imagine being by yourself as a child, no one to play with or talk to except the animals on the beach and in the trees. Living on Midway island, Robie a 15 year old girl grew up that way. No one except her parent and a bunch of crazy, old scientists to talk to. In my mind not the people I would want to have a conversation with. Robie enjoys living on Midway though. There is lots of things she learns, being that her parents are biologists. Robie loves going to the beach on the isla
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

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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
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
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
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
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
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
It was really good! I'm very impressed! It's just AWFUL what Robie went through. I know she's a fictional character, but I really admire her with everything she went through after that plane crash.
In the book 'The Raft' readers learn many things about islands, birds, and SO much more. Basically it a story about a girl who is flying back home, when the plane crashes. She then survives a day or so then throws her only company overboard so that the raft will stay afloat. During the time of approximately 1 week she goes through dehydration and extreme hunger. She then makes up an imaginary friend so that she has someone to talk to. She faces countless fears, unbearable conditions and yet stil ...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
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
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
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
Beth Karley
Robie Mitchell has travelled thousands of times from Midway to Honolulu, she has nothing to worry about until this one time...

I was at my Aunts house in Honolulu eating McDonald's and having some Starbucks watching television. My Aunt had to go on a business trip leaving me all alone. I decided to go on the flight back to Midway without telling her though.

I'm finally on the plane, with the two pilots, the pilot and co pilot. He's new, I look at his name tag, Max.

I must have fallen asleep on the
Robie is in a difficult situation, she's stuck on a raft, alone. I can't say she was alone forever though, there was Max. Until she threw him overboard.

Robie is a 15 year old girl, visiting her aunt in Honolulu- when her aunt leaves for a sudden business trip, Robie is alone. When Robie decides she's had enough of being by herself, she hops on a cargo flight back to Midway (her home). On her way back to Midway, the plane plummeted into the ocean and Robie makes it into the emergency raft with th
The Raft, a story about a young teenage girl who got lost at sea after a plane crash. A girl who went through the impossible. A girl who was determined to survive no matter what happend. That girl is Robbie Mitchell.

Robbie was living with her aunt for a little in Huannan Luau. But when Robbie doesn't want to stay any longer and wants to go back home in Midway island, her flight back every turns for the worst when the engines fail and the plain starts to plummet down into the ocean. She was doom
I'm going to be honest, I thought this book was going to be terrible. After reading it, the book was okay. I liked the concept of the book, however there was room for improvement. It was an extremely fast, engaging read. The main character annoyed me throughout the book, however given the circumstances, I guess her actions were acceptable. Honestly, I should have seen a lot of the plot twists coming, I don't know how I could miss them because there was loads of foreshadowing. In all, this book w ...more
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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
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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
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