Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unsinkable - by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent

The Unsinkable is an incredible story of 16-year old Abby Sunderland’s journey by boat from California. It is almost inconceivable to think that a 16 year old in today’s world would have the dream, stamina and courage to try to sail around the world by herself! Though her critics were numerous, and her supporters few she forged ahead.  The years she spent growing up with her family on a boat cruising the Mexican coast was definitely the training ground for the adventure.

I appreciated the way the book is written...from Abby’s point of view, a narrator and the rescuers.  The use of three different icons to show the change in speaker or location is a great way to keep track of whose viewpoint it is, and this is noted in the author’s note at the beginning of the story. I am not accustomed or acquainted with boats or sailors or the ocean, but the way the story unfolded was realistic and easy to follow. Not only does this show the courage of Abby, but of her parents, brother and those involved in the journey.

Unsinkable seems to be a good title, and both ‘Wild Eyes’ (the boat) and Abby appear to be unsinkable.

I think this book will interest the teenage reader as well as adults. I highly recommend this book to all my friends and family!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Booksneeze for the sole purpose of writing a review. This review was not required to be positive. The opinions stated are my own.
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