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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Safe. To Tracy, safe means having Mama close by. Years after her mother's death, Tracy still feels her presence. But the moment Tracy is forced into a car as she is walking home from school one day, safe is ripped away. In the aftermath of an unspeakable crime, thirteen-year-old Tracy must fight her way back to safety and find comfort in her mother's memory once again.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Anna Motteler
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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"He held me and told me he loved me and that everything would be fine, and that they'd get the person who did this to me. Having him hold me like that was the only good thing out of it all, having him hold me and being right there with me. I just wished he could have held me harder and tighter and made the bad feelings, the dirty feelings, go away. But I don't think you can hold a person that tight, so tight that she's in your heart, way inside your skin, being cleaned and warme
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Meaghan
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: rape survivors
This was a low-key, almost elegant treatment of what can be a very messy topic. Although the protagonist was clearly raped and brutally beaten, the attack itself is not described at all, so I think the book would be suitable for young teens and even some mature tweens in spite of its subject. It was easy to sympathize with Tracey and her trauma and slow psychological recovery from the event was realistic, as were the actions of the people around her.

This would be a good companion book to the oft
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Briggs Tople
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
In this riveting book, the heartfelt story of a rape victim's healing process will make it as if this character is you. The book is more as if a sob story, for action packed people do not read this book, if you enjoy calm gentle books this is the story for you. The things I personally like in this story is that it almost made me sob myself. It is so heartfelt for the touchy feely people you will be in tears at Susan Shaws knees. The most interesting character is the main character herself, Trace ...more
Laura
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I've read a few books over the years about victims of rape or sexual abuse but never with so young a protagonist. (Excusing the prologue of Living Dead Girl). While it did make the crime more horrific it also meant that the dialogue and emotions she was feeling unrealistic for her age and situation. Obviously someone would be severely emotionally damaged and would turn to an outlet like piano, but was the seclusion and delirious-ness also realistic? I loved the part where she would test how far ...more
Adrienne
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
After thirteen-year-old Tracy is raped and left for dead, she just wants to forget that anything happened to her. She no longer feels safe going outside, so in an attempt to regain feelings of security, she practices the piano for several hours each day. Although her friends try to encourage her to participate in her former hobbies and her father thinks therapy will be helpful, Tracy thinks she can get through things in her own way.

This book doesn't have the edge of Speak, but it'd actually be a
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Deb
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great book about the aftermath of a rape. The author deals with the rape sensitively. It is not graphic at all because the story is about Tracey and how she deals with her life, her friends, her dad after the horrible deed is done. She is afraid to leave the house and her dad for a while. Her friends want to help, but she thinks they only pity her. It takes a while but through the help of those who love her and her music, Tracey begins to feel safe out in the world once again. Beautifully done ...more
Kelly
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a book about a teenager who is raped and has to deal with the emotional aftermath of the rape. Personally, I didn't much care for it. It was rather slow, and boring. I did feel greatly for Tracy. I can't imagine what she went through. I can understand that it would truly frighten anyone, especially a vulnerable teenager. Thankfully, she had her Pa, and her good friends Caroline and Mayella to help her through.
Susan  Dunn
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Great portrayal of recovering from a sexual assault. The 13-yaer-old protagonist at first doesn't feel safe outside of her house - even walking down the street to visit her best friend. It takes almost a year before she is able to feel more or less herself again. Not for everyone due to the subject matter, but the right reader will really get drawn in.
Kristina Lenarczyk
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A very quick read with a heavy topic, but not completely engaging. I've been busy with midterms but was looking for something to get me out of my reading slump. This wasn't it.
Ali Mark
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gut Instinct Rating - 4
Story Line - 5
Writing Style - 4
Characters - 3
Excitement Factor - 4
Believability for type and topics - 5
Similarity to other books - 4
Dust Jacket Art - 5
Title Relevance - 4

It was a normal day, June 15th. But Caroline's door shut, and a horrible door opened for Tracy. The door of a car. And the next thing she knew, she was in the emergency room. Her life would forever be changed by that d
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Makena
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Safe

The main character in safe is Tracy. When Tracey was a teenager she lost her mom. Tracy is still able to get through her normal day life because she still feels her mom's presence and she feels safe. Later throughout the story when Tracey is walking home from school she gets snached off the side of the road and is kidnapped. That “Safe” feeling is no longer inside her or with her. When Tracy later finds a way back home some people are gossiping about her and making fun of her. She is later a
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Shaw, Susan Safe, 168 p.

First Tracy is waving good-bye to her best friend after the last day of seventh grade. Then she is left for dead on her front lawn after she is kidnapped and raped by someone she knows. Now she must find her way back from this traumatic experience. She's lost her feeling of connection to her best friend, to her father, and the important feeling of connection to her mother, who passed away when she was small.

Safe and simple and eloquent, this book about the aftermath of
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Kimberly Cayton
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A heartbreaking story about a young girl's path to recovery after the unthinkable happens.

Worth a read.
Bender
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lavender Darcangelo
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautifully written. I think it was so beautiful how even years after Tracy's mother's death, she still feels the presence of her mother. This book explains what unconditional love really means, and that no matter what Tracy wentthrough, whether it was being raped and kidnapped, no matter what, nobody can take away her birthday.
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Safe” by Susan Shaw is a good book. What caught my attention is the title and the what I read from the back of the book. The book is about a a girl, who is thirteen years old, whose mom past away when she was little. Even though her mom was dead she felt like her mom was always with her until the last day of school when she was walking home and since they came out early her block where she lives was lonely. Her best friend lives a couple house away so they walked together. On the last day they b ...more
Susan
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Ginny Reeves
Shelves: middle-grades
Not a pretty story but very real. The older brother of a neighbor violently attacks and rapes 13-year-old Tracey and leaves her for dead on the first day school was out for the summer, as she was walking home from school. The attack is not portrayed in the book; it is implies, thus, leaving the book appropriate for middle school. Tracey's struggle with her feelings, with relationships with friends, and with her own personal safety are explored thoroughly as she struggles through that difficult s ...more
Paige Y.
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tracy’s mom died when she was three, but she’s always felt her presence with her, keeping her safe. That is, until the unthinkable occurs. On the last day of school in 7th grade, Tracy is kidnapped, raped, and left for dead on the side of the road. Suddenly nothing is safe.

Safe is the story of recovering from a trauma that goes deep in the soul. Tracy turns away from everything she has loved (except her father) – her friends, basketball, taking long hikes. She does find solace in music, discover
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Hamza
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing.Its about a boy that is bulied evrywhere scince nursery.So this poor boy always went to his mother and told her about everything and she defended him as a mother.So when he grew up his mother died and so every body starts bulieng him so he just hided the whole mother died and so every body starts bulieng him so he just hid the whole time.then one day he stoud for his self and nobody else bulied him again.I agree with this persone because if you showed that your weak then eve ...more
Cheryl
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Alicia
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic-fic
Very sensitive story of a 15-year-old girl who is kidnapped and raped, and how it affects her life. I had to make myself finish it, but I'm not sure why I didn't get into it. At first I thought I was annoyed with the character for how she was reacting, which made me feel a little guilty for being insensitive. But by the end, I realized I was mostly angry at the situation, that this horrible thing had caused her to become so fearful and illogical. Whatever the case, I think it is decently written ...more
Terry
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
In chapter one, thirteen year old Tracy is brutally assaulted. There's never any doubt about who the perpetrator is, and he is caught right away. The first few chapters handle this horror with respect and delicacy (page 9 is brilliant) without sacrificing any honesty. The real 'story' flows from the days and weeks following, as Tracy goes about her normal life that is no longer anything close to normal.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to students in middle school who are ready for the subj
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Ryann Yamaura
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I am reading Safe by Susan Shaw. This book probably isn't my favorite book but I still liked it. I wanted to keep reading. Its about a girl named Tracy. Her mom passed away so she lives with her father.

One day when she was walking to school there was an orange car that pulls up and takes her. She then became a rape victim. I thought that the book over all was so confusing. It would go to where she was in the car then to she was with her dad again. I didn't know if she was dreaming up being with
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Carla
Oct 29, 2008 added it
This book is amazing. The way the author wrote the book made me adore the book. Susan Shaw wrote the book as if it was really a person feeling these feelings; i cant explain it. The way an average human would react Shaw made her characters do the same. Usually books are sugar coated to make the situation better or fit the plot or story line. the protagonist got abducted and brutally beaten and was pranoid after. she didnt want to be alone. always wondering whats going to happen to her.

when the
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M
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to M by: www.teenreads.com
A quick read, by no means an easy one. This story really hit home with me. I identified very closely with the protagonist. The author chose to wrap up some details in a neat package to better focus on a limited number of elements surrounding the rape and its aftermath. Still, there was plenty of material to work with - and I feel the author did a good job with those remaining plot and character development elements. While the ending came quickly and predictably, I like to think a younger reader ...more
bjneary
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Tracy is a normal happy 13 year old who lost her mother at an early age and lives with her teacher dad and has the very best friend in Caroline and Mayella. A violent rape totally cripples Tracy's world, she tries to talk to a therapist, and can't. Tracy thinks she has a sign on her that proclaims what happened to her and so she feels dirty and shamed. Eventually she immerses herself in piano (something she hated) and pulls away from her friends and doesn't venutre far from home. This can't cont ...more
Katrina
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Younger Teen Girls and Mature Tweens (particularly those who have been sexually assulted)
Shelves: teen
The author deals with the rape sensitively. Although the protagonist was clearly raped and brutally beaten, the attack itself is not described at all, so I think the book would be suitable for young teens and even some mature tweens in spite of its subject. Tracy is afraid to leave the house and her dad for a while. Her friends want to help, but she thinks they only pity her. It was easy to sympathize with Tracey and her trauma and slow psychological recovery from the event was realistic, as wer ...more
Maddy Penrose
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Safe by Susan Shaw is about a thirteen year old girl named Tracy who is raped and then severley beaten on the last day of school in eighth grade. All summer long she is scared to go out side or be alone and away from her father. She loses friends and intrests and picks up a hobie which she previously hated. The novel is about her expierence after the incidant and how she tried to get her life back to normal through counseling and playing the piano for therapy. The novel is a great wake up call f ...more
Tiffany
This novel is called Safe by Susan Shaw. The book is about a girl name Tracy who doesn't feel the same after a terrible incident that happen to her one day. She stop feeling safe and tend not to do activities she once use to love.
I think the book is okay book because I think the author didn't really describe the protagnist's emotion and thoughts so well. It is straight to point. I think that girls who got rape will not feel safe because of what happen to them. They are probably scare of people
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“Having him hold me like that was the only good thing out of it all, having him hold me and being right there with me. I just wished he could have held me harder and tighter and made the bad feelings, the dirty feelings, go away. But I don't think you can hold a person that tight, so tight that she's in your heart, way inside your skin, being cleaned and warmed by your blood. (11)” 6 likes
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