Survivor Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Survivor

Kissy Mellors, a beautiful photography student, is driving through her campus one night when two girls leaving a party stagger into the street in front of her. She stops just in time, but as the girls reel away from her, they are struck by the speeding drunk driver behind Kissy, a premed student named James Houston. One girl is killed instantly and the other, Ruth Prashker, enters a coma from which she never recovers.
Click here to see the rest of this review

Through this horrific accident, Kissy meets the two men who will come to want her--Junior "Hooter" Clootie, a rising hockey star and ex-boyfriend of the dead girl, and Mike Burke, a cop with secret ambitions who arrives at the scene of the smash-up. As Kissy begins an initially sexual affair with Clootie that deepens into love, marriage and family, Clootie's binges, flings and professional life tear them apart, eventually driving Kissy into the arms of Burke, whose ceaseless ambitions ultimately lead them both toward another disaster.
As these primary relationships develop and shift, two constants that remain are Kissy's visits to Ruth, whose frozen life she begins to photograph into an acclaimed series of pictures, and the profound secret she and James Houston share.
The review of this Book prepared by Karen Law a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

Chapter Analysis of Survivor

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Survivor

Tabitha King Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian