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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,351 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Radley just wants to get home to her parents in Vermont. While she was volunteering abroad, the American People's Party took power; the new president was assassinated; and the government cracked down on citizens. Travel restrictions are worse than ever, and when her plane finally lands in New Hampshire, Radley’s parents aren’t there.

Exhausted; her phone dead; her credit ca...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends (first published September 1st 2012)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 01, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who get something out of being a fly on the wall
I watch eagerly for the next dumpster.


I can honestly say that I never figured there'd ever be a time to start a review with a comment about dumpster diving. But here we are. This is what I took away from Safekeeping - where there's a will, there's a dumpster.

Let's get this straight...I'm not knocking the will to survive. We'd probably all do whatever it took to keep going, were we faced with similar circumstances. In the case of this book, however, I was a bit fuzzy on the circumstances. All...more
Monica!
Safekeeping is a short little book about friendship, and family, and the strength within oneself to keep going, and it’s well written and by an author I like and so I was very depressed reading it because I had been under the impression the plot was supposed to be about THE END OF THE WOOOOORLD and instead it was not.

Instead, there was a lot of walking.

And standing in the rain.

And more walking.

And then our main character sat in a barn for half the book.

And then there was a train ride.

And some i...more
Kris Irvin
This is an inbetween book for me. I picked it up on a whim from the library, and it was a super fast read. The story is compelling enough, and I've read enough AMERICA GONE ANARCHY to consider my self an expert.

So here are the problems I had with this book. First, when the heck is it happening? Not giving it a time, even a hint at a time, was a huge mistake. The book starts off with Radley (the main character) in Haiti, volunteering after a huge earthquake strikes. When does this sound like to...more
Steffaney Smith
Beware...this book will cause you to examine your heart--your life--just a bit closer, and it may be uncomfortable. But, absolution..that is what Radley Parker-Hughes gave to me, and will give to you. Her trek became my personal journey also, through uncertainty, grief and guilt. You find in the end that the story may be over, but Radley & you are continuing your own journeys, where what has happened to you in life becomes your strength and the core you feed from. No need to atone for your s...more
Karen Ball
Knocked my socks off. Obviously someone in the publishing world saved this for a fall 2012 election season, but even so, the characters grabbed me and I just couldn't put it down. Had me in tears more than once, but that's where my life and the words of the story collide in ways you can't predict.
"I try to see the quiet beauty of Vermont... to reclaim it as my birthright. But I know now that there is no such thing as a birthright. Anything can be taken from you."
It's September, and this is the t...more
Jessica
Safekeeping was a very quick read but very difficult to review. The writing is beautiful at times, the descriptions of New England and Canada draw peaceful calming pictures filled with the solitude and rest that both characters are driven to need. That unfortunately is the best I can say about the book. The plot was shallow, with no reason and very little direction, it felt contrived and pointless. The caracters are not any better. There is no depth, no feeling, no strong true emotion or connect...more
Heidi
1.5 Stars for decent writing.

I was very excited when I first saw Safekeeping. I’d read Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust as a child and remember loving it, in fact, I could tell you exactly where it sits in the family bookcase back home because I never lose track of those books I truly enjoy. And so I was greatly disappointed to read through Karen Hesse’s latest and find that, while it may be beautifully written, it portrayed a world beyond the realm of possibility or belief and focused heavily on s...more
Kelly
Radley's heading home from volunteering in Haiti because the political turmoil in the US is so bad, she's worried about her family. The APP is in charge and they've set up all kinds of strict rules of governance, conduct, and travel. When Radley finally gets to the airport, her parents aren't there to pick her up. So she starts walking home. It's grueling but she knows seeing them will be worth the trouble. Knowing they're safe matters.

Of course, they're not safe. Things are bad. So now Radley's...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ Tee
Love, love, love this book. It's a very different sort of dystopia. Familiar in some sense, because you have the all too scary rise of a political elite that would strip people of their rights. And yet different in it's tone and quality of the writing. Instead of being yet another action-driven story about teens rising up to do something about the oppression –barf, been there, done that multiple times– Hesse takes a more realistic approach which deals with surviving on a small scale. Surviving w...more
Park Road Books
One of the best YA novels I have read, probably ever. The main character, Radley, goes to Haiti to do relief work, but when she comes back to America, she is welcomed with the news that the president has been assassinated and a fringe political party has taken over. Confronted with harsh government crack down, Radley must travel on foot to make it back home in Vermont. An eerie image of what could be, this novel is complex, exciting and an interesting examination of how radicalism and unrest can...more
Edward Sullivan
A teenage girl returns to the United States from a humanitarian trip in Haiti to find the country in a state of chaos and in the grip of an oppressive government ruled by something called the American People's Party. It's a story of a bleak, possible near-future that centers on maintaining meaningful, compassionate human connection. An interesting, frequently engrossing tale illustrated with some striking photographs by Hesse but readers may find the many unresolved loose ends frustrating and un...more
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The book opens up to Radley (a teenager - I don't remember her specific age EVER being mentioned) making her way home from Haiti, where she was doing volunteer work. Things in the US government have gone downhill and Radley wants to be safe at home in Vermont, with her parents—but when her plane lands, they are not there to greet her. There are restrictions on traveling, a curfew for all citizens, and things are falling apart.

Radley de...more
Barbara
While volunteering in an orphanage in Haiti, Radley Parker-Hughes grows worried about her parents and her country after things seem to be falling apart back home. She returns to find a strong military presence everywhere and restrictions on travel. The American People's Party seems unable to get a handle on things, and Radley faces a snarl of bureacratic paperwork just to travel from one state to another. She ends up walking from New Hampshire to Vermont, and when her parents are nowhere to be f...more
Laurie
The plucky girl in a dystopian world seems to be the new cliche in Young Adult literature. The twist in Safekeeping is that it is set in current-day America, with the heroine encountering things anyone would if the U.S. government were suddenly to be overturned.

The novel begins somewhat predictably, as main character Radley discovers how sheltered and coddled she had been before everything changed. But her trek from New Hampshire to Vermont, which then becomes an escape to Canada, is hair-raisin...more
Cherylann
Radley is volunteering in an orphanage in Haiti when she realizes she needs to go home. She needs to get back to America. When she returns, she finds the America she left and the America she has returned to are completely opposite. As Radley travels home to find her parents, she finds a strength in herself she didn't know she had. Hesse shares that this book started as a "rant" as she watched the 2008 election unfold. Reading Radley's story, which is set in the present future, one realizes that...more
Brandy
So what would happen if your country went to crap while you weren't in it? If a radical political group took over, if dissenters were arrested, if the president were assassinated? If you finally made it home after walking across a good chunk of New England, only to find your parents gone without a trace? That's what happened to Radley. Getting to Canada is her safest option, and it's not an option that's all that safe.

A weirdly sort of political apocalypse that feels more realistic than any of t...more
Chris Herrmann
This book is about a teenager named Radley who comes back from a missions trip to Haiti only to find out that the President of the United States has been assassinated and the country has been taken over by the American People's Party. She finds her house abandoned and her parents, who are political activists, are missing. She thinks she might be in trouble because of her parents so she travels on foot from her home in Vermont to Canada. Along the way, she meets Celia who was running away from li...more
Stacey Conrad
Radley is in Haiti when a militant group overthrows the US government. She’s been working at an orphanage and decides to get back home to find her parents. Once back in the US she realizes that things are very different. Her parents are not at home and she decides to head north to find them.

This is what I would call a current dystopian. It feels much more realistic than The Hunger Games or Divergent. It could really happen. But for all of the realness, Safekeeping is a gentle tale. One of surviv...more
Morgan Echtenkamp
"Safekeeping" by Karen Hesse is truly a work of art. Radley is in Haiti helping orphans after a massive earthquake when she gets news that the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People's Party has taken over the government. She immediately catches a plane home. However, when she arrives at her house she realizes things might be more complicated than she ever imagined. She decides, "There is no point in remaining here...Not like this" (Pg. 38), so she sets out o...more
Kellie
I'd read a couple of books by Karen Hesse that I had really enjoyed, so when I discovered this title in our young adult section, I immediately grabbed it and checked it out.

Let's just say it was a bit of an in-between book for me. I didn't hate it, but it's not one I finished and thought "OMG THAT WAS FANTASTIC!". No. There was something about it that made me keep reading and wanting to find out what was going to happen, but I also felt like something was missing out of it from the get go. Mayb...more
Meisbres
A thoroughly engaging survival story that imagines what it would be like if the U.S. fell into chaos and became a police state. There were some gaps in the storytelling but I don't think the detracted from the overall enjoyableness of the book. I was engaged from the minute I started reading and didn't want to stop.
Stephanie
I couldn't figure out why Karen Hesse wrote this futuristic survival tale. Obvious departure from her other books.

Main character comes home from Cuba (?) after US president has been shot to find the US in major lockdown. Need papers to cross state borders, transportation severely restricted, etc. Her parents aren't there to pick her up from airport so she has to find her way home to an empty house where the police attempt to take her away for some reason.

She sets out again to find them by walkin...more
Ayesha
Brought tears to my eyes...when you first start reading you find this book really boring but without there being much action she can convey so much emotion its spectacular. If you don't love this book when you read it I dont understand you! This isn't really about American Anarcy, the book is about a girl whose so dependent on others finding her way. Its sort of moral is more towards never take anything for granted rather then america has a bad government. It's not a dystopian, she got her inspi...more
Esme
Sep 25, 2014 Esme added it
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse was a good book but not one of my favorites. At the beginning, it captured my attention but as the book went on I seem to have lost interest. The writing style was great filled with figurative language but the plot stayed the same with no climax to make the story interesting. I figured i would be at the edge of my seat but not even one part seem to achieve that. I did like how Radley matured as the book went on and how the author made her realize small lessons like to...more
Kelli
My overall opinion of this book is "meh". It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either, it just...was. Now I have to say that I listened to this book on CD, so I did not see any of the pictures people mention in their reviews. I DO think the pictures would have added something, especially as she references her mother and the photos so much and I missed out on that.

Regardless, the story was "fine" I just never really felt wrapped into the story, it never felt real or even like a parable, it just...wa...more
Liz
The writing is a bit choppy but the story is pretty good. Nice tie in with helping the orphans of Haiti, comparing the situation in Haiti with what the main characters are going through throughout most of the story as the US is taken over and refuge in Canada is the only option. Loss of parents, survival, and friendship are all themes to this book. Maybe a bit depressing but makes you think about what we all take for granted. Photos taken by the author to tie in some of the story are really well...more
rebecca  david
Where do i begin!!!! This novel is not your average teen or young adult novel, which is why its amazing. Its not supernatural but it does have adventure and it's inspirational. It's about a girl who comes back from volunteering in another country only to find out that the United States is not how she left it. She can't find her parents so she goes off on a journey to Canada where it might be safer and on the way she meets new friends and an old friend who is able to answer the question she's bee...more
Airgator007
You need to look at the cover of this book and the photos inside...if it looks like a chick book, then it probably is a chick book.
If you read the dustcover, then you expect a different book then what you actually get(I think). It's NOT the Hunger Games or Catching Fire. However, the book is very well written and worth-while. I am an adult male, but I still recognize a quality book.
I think high school age girls could relate to this. I think it makes you consider things and people you have taken...more
Kelli Spear
Aug 03, 2012 Kelli Spear marked it as to-read
I have an ARC if anyone is interested in reading it!
Jessica
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Karen Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings. Her novel Out of the Dust was the winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In 2002, Hesse was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

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