Title: The Survival Kit
Author: Donna Freitas
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub Date: 10/11/2011
Convince us to read the book: The Survival Kit is not your average love story. Rose's mom dies before the story begins, leaving her living in a fog, uncertain and uncaring. Her hunky boyfriend stays with her, but wishes for more physical pleasures, her dad is slipping into drunken stupors, and her brother is off doing his own thing at college. The only constant thing in her life is the quiet Will, school hockey star turned gardener. Over the year, Will and Rose slowly open up to each other, and come to terms with their past.
Compelling aspects of the book: Rose doesn't abandon herself after her mother's death, instead taking a break from normal life, receding into a cocoon to ponder her future and think of the past. Full of trials, Rose overcomes her difficulties like any person.
Were you disappointed with the book at all: No
Age Range: 14-18+
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it