The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

Review: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a paper kite, for letting go.

As Rose ponders the meaning of each item, she finds herself returning again and again to an unexpected source of comfort. Will is her family’s gardener, the school hockey star, and the only person who really understands what she’s going through. Can loss lead to love?

How one book can be filled with such sadness, yet so much hope always leaves me in awe. The Survival Kit is one of those books. The synopsis made me think of some of my favorites, P.S. I Love You or 13 Little Blue Envelopes, so I knew I had to read it.

Rose has shut herself off from normal life, which is totally understanding considering the circumstances. Losing your mother cannot be easy. But what a treasure these bags must be, I love the idea behind them. Like Rose, Will is hurting and bitter, again, for a good reason. Each character in The Survival Kit is well-written and realistic.

The plot is slightly predictable, but I still found it very enjoyable. I also enjoyed that music played such a heavy part in The Survival Kit. Rose was a big music fan, before her mom’s death, so her mom left her an iPod filled with music. A list of the music is provided, so I definitely plan on creating the playlist to give it a listen.

The Survival Kit hits shelves on October 11th.