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The Raising

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,672 ratings  ·  544 reviews
Last year Godwin Honors Hall was draped in black. The university was mourning the loss of one of its own: Nicole Werner, a blond, beautiful, straight-A sorority sister tragically killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend, who was driving, remarkably—some say suspiciously—unscathed.

Although a year has passed, as winter begins and the nights darken, obsession with Nic
Paperback, 461 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2011)
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This book had me from the first page, really the first paragraph. I was entranced from the beginning and could not put it down. I spent many way too late nights staying up to read it and long after I put the book down I would be thinking about the characters in the book. Ms. Kasischke draws complex three-dimensional characters beautifully well for her readers. The story progresses slowly in the beginning, slowly in terms of the action, but I do not mean that the story was boring. Far from that – ...more
Nikki K
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't hate this book. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down. It was a fast paced, suspenseful and interesting story. However, I have to admit that I was ticked off when I finished reading it. The ending was horrible!

This is the story of a college campus tragedy. Nicole Werner was a freshman sorority girl the year before this tale takes place. She dies in a mysterious car accident while her boyfriend, Craig, who was driving, survives, but without any memory of that night.

The story is tol
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
What I learned from The Raising: (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The story starts out really strong. There's an accident. A girl has been thrown out of the car on a semi-rural road. A professor at the college saw it from a distance and is the first person on the scene. What she saw happen and what the newspapers and college report, however, are very different. The next chapter is a few months later when everybody arrives back on campus after summer break. The book follows key characters and explores the way the accident impacted their lives (or deaths).

Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book gave me the chills and kept me up at night thinking. The story centers around several people and is told from several different points of view. One thing they all have in common is Nicole Werner, the girl who supposedly died by the hands of her boyfriend Craig. I really liked how the author weaved together the lives of so many different people. I was also intrigued with the college campus life that was used as the backdrop. I could possibly see some of these events occurring in real li ...more
Lydia Presley
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I just finished this book and I'm seriously messed up. In The Raising, Laura Kasischke tackles sororities, hazing, murder, and cover-ups and she does it from the viewpoints of several people involved: the witness, the victim, the victim's boyfriend, the best friend, the professor. They all have intricate parts and slowly, but surely, Kasischke weaves together their stories patiently bringing the reader to the end conclusion.

Except, was there one? From here on out will be some spoiler-type inform
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
4 out of 5 stars

I liked this book. I liked it enough to read it in almost one sitting. I usually don’t like mysteries especially ones with multiple POV. However, this book pushed all the right buttons for me. I didn’t even mind the ending which was not what I expected. It is a very fast moving book because you already know the “what” from the beginning; you are learning the “why” throughout the book.

I recommend this book to mystery & contemporary readers OR anyone else looking for something diff
Trigger warnings: death, car accident, slut shaming, misogyny, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, probably a ton of other stuff that I missed because THIS FUCKING SUCKED AND I RAGE QUIT.

I made it a whopping 115 pages into this godawful book before I finally decided I just...couldn't...any more. Because this, friends, was really fucking bad right from the get go. Let's turn to my trusty bullet points, shall we?

- There is so much degradation and hatred of women in this. Like, SO MUCH.
- I honestly don't
Feb 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book went no where. Ending was pointless and made the rest of the book seem pointless.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying that The Raising is a novel with potential. Its cover shows a blond girl lying in the grass, her profile illuminated by moonlight. The story is about a seemingly perfect sorority girl hitting it off with the wrong guy and dying tragically in a car accident. From the beginning, the author slips a few hints about her coming back from the dead (perhaps in a sensual vampire-like fashion?) while slowly revealing what happened in the preceding year.
The trouble I had with this n
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started off with a lot of mystery and intrigue and kept me going until the very last part of the book. It has 5 parts, the first 4 are fairly fast paced, really interesting, and everyone has an interesting story. Each character is developed fairly well and the reader easily gets a sense of who they are. The whole book is written in a way where I was wondering what was going on. Who was playing with whose mind, were things as they seemed or was there something much more sinister going o ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was awful. The beginning was interesting enough to catch my attention, but then it just got smuttier and dirtier throughout. I wanted to find out what happened so against my better judgment I kept reading. Bad idea. This book did not end, it did not wrap anything up or resolve any of the problems. I did not like a single character in the book. They were all immoral and awful. I know people are human and make mistakes but I hope people are not usually as stupid as the people in this boo ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating mystery about a girl, Nicole, who is killed (or is she?) in an automobile accident with her boyfriend, Craig.

Nicole, however, even after her death, continues to appear to Craig, to his roommate, Perry, and to a a few of their other friends. Is she a ghost, haunting them all? Is she a vampire? Is she a succubus? For most of the novel, we don't know if this is actually a supernatural thriller or if the author is going to provide us with a rational explanation, but about 2/3 o
Faustine Vaughn
Plot and characters kept me reading and hoping it was leading up to some kind of the-good-shall-prevail-in-the-end ending, but instead it was weird, abrupt and disappointing.
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
A horrible car accident happens on a college campus and a girl dies. Craig was the driver and Nicole, his girlfriend, is thrown from the car but she’s alive when Shelly, a staff member at the Midwestern College the kids attend, arrives. She quickly calls 911 and leaves as help arrives. This isn’t how it’s reported in the local paper however despite Shelly’s efforts to correct the story. It doesn’t help that Craig has amnesia following the accident. By the time he returns to campus a semester lat ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
You know when you finish reading a great book and are left wondering if what you read read was real or not? I need to Facebook these people, they HAVE to be real. Where did they go to school? That's how I felt as I finished The Raising.

It was not a YA book and there were some scenes that are not meant for younger readers, but I would highly recommend it to mature readers. The plot was completely different from anything that I have read and all of the characters seemed unbelievably real. And the
Stephen Durrant
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
As a part-time resident of France, I am often mystified by French judgments of American literature. This year much attention has focused on Laura Kasischke, whom one French critic even proclaimed "America's greatest living writer." Yes,
"mystified" is the right word. "Raising" is a clever novel . . . thoroughly competent . . . probably would be a good movie, but I just don't see much exceptional here. This is a campus novel, which has at its center a group of sorority sisters who are engaged in
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know how I feel about this book. At least partially this is due to an impression that the author doesn't know how she feels about the book's story and resolution. I found it compelling reading for many chapters where I'd want to rush to pick up where I left off if I had to set it aside. Other times, however, it was annoying and slow-moving.

The basic story is that of a sorority girl who was killed in a car accident and may or may not be haunting the campus. It moves back and forth in tim
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
The Basic Story: Set on a fictional Midwestern campus, the novel weaves a rather complicated tale about a sorority girl named Nicole Werner who was killed in a car accident and whether her ghost has come back to haunt the campus. The book follows several characters. First, we have Craig—a snotty rich boy who was driving the car when the fatal accident took place and Nicole’s boyfriend. Then we have Perry—Craig’s roommate—who grew up in the same small town as Nicole. We also meet Shelley, the fir ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, if you want a tangled web of a read, this is the book you want to read. I had never read anything by Laura Kasischke, but after this, I am most certainly going to look more into her other works.
Nicole Werner is killed in a car accident with her boyfriend, and mourned by the school. The sorority of the fallen girl fights to have her boyfriend- who is accused of "murdering" Nicole-banned from the college for good. A professor is teaching a class- in death and the act of dying and the a
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Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a good mystery, one that will chill you to the bone and keep you guessing through multiple twists and turns, then you need to read this novel! This story interweaves the lives of four people on a college campus, all in relation to Nicole, a young girl killed in a horrible car crash. Each chapter focuses on a different character within the novel—sometimes relaying events in the present, and sometimes relaying events from the past. This brilliant literary technique will keep ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
literary horror? horror without the gore? here's a ghost story wrapped in a lit-fic wrapper, a quite well-written tale of deranged sorority sisters and the lengths they will go to in protecting their twisted secrets.

so here's the setup (not spoilery, i think this is all on the back cover): a young woman is killed in a car accident one night, but somehow doesn't seem to be entirely dead. she keeps getting spotted by old friends and acquaintances and lovers. she is apparently not terribly happy ab
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
The description on the back of this book makes it sound like a Christopher Pike/RL Stine teen horror novel. It bears some resemblance to those, but is a wordier, more adult version. While reading this book, I just couldn't decide what I thought of it. It held my attention until the frankly very sloppy end, but there was something off about it, even though it seemed like the usual type of book I dig. I think that Laura Kisischke does an amazing job of showing you how people really think, but ther ...more
If you don't already have a poor opinion of the Greek Frat and Sorority systems, this might make you take a second look at those systems. We all know the general problems of drinking, peer pressure and date rape that occur on our college campuses. Add to the general problems the problems of the Greek Houses; hazing, social ostracism for non-conformity, and (at least in this book) strange and secret rituals. You have all the makings of a cult, yet no one seems to take the problem seriously or eve ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a spooky yet literary ghost story, Laura Kasischke's THE RAISING is your book. Kasischke creates a richly realized world of a college campus "haunted" by the ghost of a victim of a tragic accident. The storyline is fascinating and beautifully detailed. I particularly liked how the story unfolded through multiple characters' points of view and how these characters intersected each others' lives in surprising ways. The story grabbed me from the first page. The novel is paced ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Wow. I'm really surprised at this book. The premise was interesting, and throughout the bulk of the story, I was glued to the pages. This was one of those books you keep reading even when you stand up to go turn a lamp on, and you just hope you don't trip over anything. There is no doubt that Laura Kasischke can tell a story. One thing she doesn't seem to be very good at though, is ending one. 461 pages is a pretty hefty book to get invested in, only to be let down with an ending like that. Just ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting blurb and cover which caught my attention. The book, however, proved to be a disappointment. It started off, well enough but the plot was lost and it got really confusing. The end really was the worst as it basically faded away into nothing. All the mysteries had no answers and I remembered being very frustrated and irritated when I was finished. At the end I felt as if reading it had been a complete waste of time.
It had lots of potential and had a good story line but as I sai
Jessi Lyn
Mar 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
MADDENING! This whole book, while well written, was just a big build up to NOTHING, no vindication, no justice, just the urge to hurl this book into the fire.
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Laura Kasischke (born 1961) is an American fiction writer and American poet with poetry awards and multiple well reviewed works of fiction. Her work has received the Juniper Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Beatrice Hawley Award. She is the recipient of two fellowships from th ...more

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