A review by bookishbrook
I Am Still Alive, by Kate Alice Marshall


I've seen a lot reviews on here saying that "well, it's just a survival story." …...If not a survival story, what did you think it was supposed to be? It seemed pretty clear going into it that this was Jess's survival story. Anyway, I LOVED it. I loved the dual narrative of 'before' and 'after,' and I really enjoyed Jess's character. There were a few details at the end of the book that I felt could have been expanded on or just left out, but that was really a small and unimportant piece of the book. I must admit that I wailed and cried towards the end of the book, just before you find out what ultimately happens to Jess. If you've read the book, you probably know what I'm getting at here. It may be a survival story, but not everyone survives.
I feel like this would make a great contemporary substitution for reading Paulsen's "Hatchet" in school.