Sunday, June 12, 2011

Unsinkable, by Abby Sunderland & Lynn Vincent

Unsinkable tells the amazing true story of a 16 year old Abby Sunderland, who in January 2010 attempted to become the youngest person ever to sail solo, nonstop, around the world. It is told from three different perspectives: that of Abby herself, a third-party narrator, and eventually a rescue team. It chronicles Abby and her family's history, the preparations that led to her trip, and the entire journey right up till her return home.

Abby's saga is a compelling one, as is that of her family. The book really takes you inside of the inner workings of the Sunderland family, and answers the questions that have been on the mind of many people since her story first hit the news waves last year. How could anyone let their 16 year old sail solo around the world? Did she really have the skills and maturity for such a trip? What was the experience like for her all alone out on the sea?

As a mother, and particularly as a homeschooling mother, I really enjoyed this book. It was both fascinating and inspirational to read about the trust, freedom, and support that they gave to Abby (as well as the rest of their children) as they followed their life-long passions and pursued their dreams. This is clearly a loving and close-knit family, and Ms Sunderland is without doubt a mature, intelligent, and skilled sailor.

The sailing information was captivating, and the entire book - especially the latter half - read like a gripping novel. Even though I knew the ultimate outcome ahead of time, I appreciated being taken along for the ride.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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