Thursday, 5 May 2011

Book review - Unsinkable by Abby Sunderland & Lynn Vincent

Publisher's blurb:

Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas

The stirring narrative of Unsinkable tells sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland's remarkable true story of attempting to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. More people have flown into outer space than have sailed solo around the globe. It is a challenge so immense that many have died trying, and all have been pushed beyond every physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual limit. In Unsinkable, readers follow Abby Sunderland into those depths. This biography delivers a gripping and evocative firsthand account that starts prior to her departure, travels through her daring (and sometimes near-death) encounters on the open sea, to her dramatic rescue in the remotest corner of the Indian Ocean, and the media explosion that happened upon her safe return to dry land. Along the way, readers discover what it means to boldly face any challenge, to strive after something great, and to plumb the depths of faith, fear, and desperation only to emerge changed, renewed, and emboldened. In this day and age, when the most productive thing a teenager may do is play videogames, Abby's ambition and tenacity is a real-life parable of what can happen when we choose to exceed our own limits, embrace faith, and strive after what all the naysayers say is impossible.

My review: This book wasn't bad. I liked the idea of reading it as I have a 14 yr old and the thought of him doing something like this is absurd :)

I have to say the beginning was capivating, the ending somewhat intense, but a large section of the middle I found boring. Unless you are an avid sailor or very interested in sailing and boats, much of what is discussing the the middle is just white noise.

If I hadn't been reviewing the book, I probably would have set it aside mid-way. I understand the purpose of all this middle-matter, they have to get across the point that the boat was as safe as possible and pretty much every possible scenario was covered, but I found it boring and tedious.

I would have liked to hear more about what Abby thought about out there all alone. I couldn't imagine sailing alone for any length of time as an adult, so I'd like to know how she coped. What she did in whatever free time she had, what a typical day looked like.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others.

 "Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson". 

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