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Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Radley just wants to get home to her parents in Vermont. While she was volunteering abroad, the American People's Party took power; the new president was assassinated; and the government cracked down on citizens. Travel restrictions are worse than ever, and when her plane finally lands in New Hampshire, Radley’s parents aren’t there.
Exhausted; her phone dead; her credit cards worthless: Radley starts walking.

Goodreads Summary

My dad would say this is a perfect example of what could happen if an extremist group took over.  In Safekeeping, the American People's Party have orchestrated a take-down.  Radley desperately wants to get home, but between the travel restrictions and not having that much knowledge of just how she can get home, the going is difficult.  In this new world, not much makes sense to Radley.  Any money she had is useless, she needs to watch out for marauding people that she previously would have called neighbor or peer, and her cell phone is not charged.  Can Radley make it to her parents?

While walking, she meets Celia, a girl who is older than Radley, but who needs her help.  Celia and Radley are a little distrustful of each other at first, but as they warm up to each other, the reader begins to get to know both of their characters much better.  The pair decide to trek to Canada, looking for a safer place to wait for the storm back home to die down.  They grow very attached, so attached that Radley will find it very difficult to leave Celia if the chance to return home arrives. 

Radley is a brave girl. She doesn't have that good of an idea of what she's doing, but she still wants to make it home.  She cares for Celia even when many would have left Celia to look out for themselves.  Celia is a bit of a tough cookie, but the more the reader knows about her background, the more the reader will understand.  Karen Hesse portrays two girls working together and finding common ground in a time when both of their worlds have been destroyed; this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. A'lina said...:

    This sounds very interesting I think I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!