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“The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen


“The Raft” is a young adult novel by S.A. Bodeen. The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Robey who is marooned at sea after a plane crash. This book was a very quick but satisfying read. The book opens with Robie asking the guy who’s about to pierce her nose “Can you tell me something worse?” She points at the needle. “Something that is worse than that?” This idea is turned on its head when she’s met with one of the worst things that could ever happen to a person- a plane crash and being stranded in a raft in the middle of the ocean with no food, water, or company. I think the last part would be the worst. Bad situations never seem as bad when you’re with another person, preferably someone you like. In a nutshell, If you liked the movie “Cast Away,” then you’ll enjoy “The Raft.”
Out of curiosity, I checked other reviews of “The Raft” and found that about fifty percent of the reviews were positive and fifty percent were negative.
I realize this is off topic but… I’m always amazed by the number of people who dislike a book and yet read entirely. I used to force myself to finish every book but now if I don’t enjoy it, I put it down. For example, I recently tried reading the Pulitzer Price winning novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole. I even checked out “Butterfly in the Typewriter,” a biography about Toole, written by Corey MacLauchlin, in order to understand Toole a bit better. There were parts of “Confederacy” that made me laugh out loud but I couldn’t get past how bizarre it was- and not bizarre in a good way. So I put it down. Just like I put the third book in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy down. So that’s my advice- if you really don’t like a book- don’t finish it. Life’s too short to read bad books.

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