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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  13,303 ratings  ·  2,225 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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Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Kayla Anderson
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I don't know what is more interesting...this book OR the fact that this is the second book in a row that I have read about survival after a plane crash. I worry it might be the latter. I'm not quite sure how this happened except to say that I have been looking for fast-paced, easy reads lately and I'm kind of known for putting books on hold with abandon!

Anyway, two survival books in a row and I found neither to be particularly memorable. I can't see myself recommending either book but they were
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
4/5 Stars!

Have you ever thought about what you would do it your plane went down in the middle of the ocean? Well this gives us a pretty good idea. Robie is on her way back to Midway Atoll from Honolulu and visiting her aunt. The trip is a bit unplanned but she's flown a lot so no need to worry. Right?

I would have liked a bit more set up in the beginning and possibly a bit more meat to the book in general.

The plot twist. Seriously did not see that coming at all and was shoc
Dez Nemec
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A 15-yr-old girl survives a crash when her cargo flight out to a small Pacific island goes down. There were seriously times when I hoped she didn't make it due to her sheer stupidity, but overall it was interesting YA novel. And it made me so thirsty!!
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: younger teens/tweens
Shelves: maybe, 2012
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Right away I related to Robie in this story. I too remember being home alone with my over active imagination, completely freaking myself out at night. It is no wonder she left the island early to go home instead of spending another scary night all by herself, I would have done the same thing.

Of course I would hope that I would have at least told someone where I was going, a note maybe? Something?

And then the worst happens. Something that everyone fears and thinks about as they board a plane to t
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
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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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?
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This actually wasn't half-bad. Sure I think it was better done in "Life of Pi", but I finished it on a 4-hour flight so hey, that's awesome!

Full Review:

Robie is staying with her Aunt "AJ" when AJ needs to leave for a "consulting" gig (what she consults, I never really knew). She was going to stay by herself, but a near miss with Random Dude in Honolulu scares her off and she heads home to the Midway Islands where her parents, research scientists, are staying. But she slips on the p
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
faith ✨
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
just an annoying white girl book I had to read for school!
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
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.
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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 whe
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Raft Review

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
Megan Coward Kovalik
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I thought this would be a fun, little read and likely go pretty fast. It did go really fast but it wasn't anything great. The main character seemed to be somewhat educated in several things to do with the island and such, but constantly made terrible decisions. This might be forgiven in a cheesy horror film but in a survival book where we are supposed to take the situation somewhat serious - it just made my eyes roll often. There seemed to be a lot of animal death and a couple scenes with seals ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-have-reread
this book was amazing way better than i expected wow... that plot twist and that ending definitely one of my favorite books

The survival aspect in this book was outstanding it was high stakes and it was amazing i was rooting for Robie the whole time and i really liked her character she was smart and resourceful this book is perfect for those who love survival stories i was never bored i was completely enthralled the whole time the plot twist took this from a 4 stars to a 5 stars that plot twist s
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
Mackenzie H
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Anastasia & Amelia
Aug 03, 2012 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 lik
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
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ma
Elle (ellexamines)
The Raft follows a girl who gets trapped on a raft at sea. And that's... literally it. It was a meh novel waiting to happen, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

Her survivalist learning was fairly entertaining, and probably the best thing about this book. Survival stories have always been entertaining for me, and this one was no exception.

Robie as a character, however, is frustrating. She's a bit flat, first of all, but she's also needlessly stupid in pursuit of survival. She steals skittles fro
Erin Bembridge
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
A little hard to get through but overall it just wasn’t my type of book-
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you've read other survival at sea novels and expect similar girl-versus-shark thrills from The Raft, you're going to be disappointed. There are moments of horror owing to what lurks beneath the choppy sea extending around fifteen-year-old Robie's small yellow raft as far as the eye can see, but this story is more psychological than physical, about having the mental fiber to not fall apart under conditions that could turn anyone permanently batty. How do you cope with the next twenty-four hour ...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 young adult novels include the award-winning The Compound and The Raft, and her next YA The Detour releases October 2015. The first two volumes of her middle grade series, Shipwreck Island and Lost, are available now.

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