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?
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"As fragile and lovely as a rose."--Jenny Han, author of We'll Always Have Summer
"Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall for this deeply moving tale of family, loss, and falling in love."—Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway
"This book was so gorgeous. I loved Rose, I swooned over Will. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.I adored it!" Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
THE SURVIVAL KIT by Donna FreitasKirkus Book ReviewsRead the Kirkus Review of THE SURVIVAL KIT . A story of struggle in which 16-year-old Rose fights to bloom again after her mother's death from cancer.- Kirkus Reviews
Donna Freitas has been a professor at Boston University and at Hofstra in New York. She is currently splitting her time between Barcelona and New York and writing full time.
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