Book Review – Unsinkable

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

From the Publisher…

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.

About the Author…

Abby Sunderland is among the third generation in a family of sailors and adventurers. In 2007, at age 13, Abby discovered her dream of sailing solo around the world and was inspired by her brother Zac’s successful circumnavigation in 2009. Her own journey, in 2010, ended in the Indian Ocean when a rogue wave rolled her sailboat, Wild Eyes. Abby now shares her story of tenacity and courage with audiences everywhere. Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real, Same Kind of Different as Me, and Going Rogue: An American Life. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD Magazine covering politics, culture, and current events. A U.S. Navy veteran, she teaches writing at colleges and conferences around the country. Lynn lives in San Diego, California.

What I thought…

Wow! What a girl! Before she was even sixteen years old, Abby Sunderland knew she wanted to attempt to get the record for the youngest to ever sail around the world. Unsinkable tells the story from two different points of view for the majority of the book – hers and the narrators, in addition the chapers are set up like Captian Log. Then her boat was de-masted in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a third point of view comes in to play: Those who helped rescue her from her boat Wild Eyes and take her back to safety!
There are a lot critics who thought that this was all orchestrated by her father…but it wasn’t. It was Abby’s dream to do this and her father simply encouraged her to follow her dreams. All the decisions she made were her own – whether it was to stop at a port to get her boat fixed or ultimately to send out a distress signal when her boat rolled in the middle of the Indian Ocean – which would end her trip

I admire Abby being so young and for her strength to make it through several months out in he middle of the ocean all alone and because she wanted to follow her dreams. Her story to be very encouraging! Full of excitement! I would recommend this book, but I would also tell you that it is quite stressful being a mother and reading about all the things that go wrong…I guess that’s the Mama in me!

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 12, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9781400203086 ISBN-13: 978-1400203086

Please note I was given this book in exchange for my honest review!

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