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Safekeeping

Hesse, Karen (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Safekeeping
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When Radley returns to the United States after volunteering abroad, she comes back to a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.
Authors: Hesse, Karen
Title: Safekeeping
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 294 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm..
Summary: When Radley returns to the United States after volunteering abroad, she comes back to a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.
ISBN: 1250011345
9781250011343
Statement of Responsibility: Karen Hesse
Subject Headings: Adventure stories. New England Fiction. Survival Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Adventure stories.
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Jul 28, 2013
  • sgtaylor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting story. Liked the ending.

Jun 27, 2013
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I actually loved this. It's set in a very modern day (it's called a book of Tomorrow, which is fitting) America, while the government is overturned. Yes, it's a dystopian novel, BUT I loved how that's not the whole point/focus of the book, like so many others that you read and half is a news report/commentary on this fake war thing. That is the backdrop, the setting, while the focus goes to 17 year old Radley as she comes home to an empty house, escapes to Canada, and comes back home. I loved how the book wasn't hopeless. I loved how it was fresh and so beautiful. I loved how there were photos! Very fun to see how they related to the chapters.
The things I didn't like (yes, there were some) were that I never actually understood the whole APP thing, what was really going on (which I said above WAS kinda nice); how we don't exactly get how Radley changes since we never know her before (slightly untrue, we do see her appreciating things more); how Radley thought she was an awful child but her mom thoguht otherwise and R goes back to Haiti to build an orphange?!?! (that last bit I found a little cheesy but okay. And the last sentence, yes, I can see how that's a good thing- she's seeing her regrets, not what she could be happy about).
Anyway. Really cool and interesting book, Im pleased I read it! A book that can be hated and loved, that had great and crap parts about it.
And in response to the reviews that said it was crap, [this is a goodreads review, as are the ones i mentioned]
-actually LOOK at the photos and see what they MEAN, because they all relate in some way or another, you just have to THINK about it.
-The point of the book is NOT the government. It doesnt even matter, it's the SETTING.
-I dont think Hesse was trying to say that America is crap and Canada is a haven at all. It's fiction. It's what could happen to any country, to Canada, America being the safe haven.

Jan 28, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The beautiful black and white photographs help to tell the story too - it was hard to put down - I wanted to find out what would happen to Radley. She grew up so much during the book! I will remember this book and recommend it to others.

Jan 12, 2013
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good book. I liked how the author incorporated pictures into the book. The storyline was interesting, showing a possible future USA. I liked how the main character grew a lot. All the characters were very well written, and everything seemed realistic, if this actually happened.

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