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Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas Hardcover – April 11, 2011
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About the Author
Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer ofHeaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
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Top Customer Reviews
The sailing jargon would make this a better read for seasoned sailors however. The writers often make an attempt to explain the terminology but using other sailing lingo making it not as enjoyable of a read for a layperson. I think other similar genre books have done a better job at allowing the reader to experience the intensity and the situations.
It's written from 3 different perspectives which was an interesting choice. One was Abby's voice and it reflects the language of a teenager with it's "likes", "kind ofs" and "whatevers" but it does have an earnestness to it. The narrator's perspective, Lynn Vincent, is not very well-written with a lot of areas that read like a book report on historical subjects. The third is from the rescuer participants' perspective.
The biggest message that comes across in the book is that the family was heavily critiqued for allowing their daughter to make the trip and the book seems to be written in a very defensive mode to explain their side of the story. They repeatedly and blatantly cover several points - teenagers should experience life vs watching it on TV, that some teenagers are mature and that they were never interested in making money off of these adventures (both Abby and their son Zac's solo circumnavigation). It is so often repeated messaging that it leads one to think "thou does protest too much.Read more ›
Its only 199 pages so its a quick read.
To understand this book, you really need to be a sailor,
otherwise you will be in the glossary for definitions and
information on what is being talked about all the time.
Background - I am an experienced sailor of about 30 years,
and also an electrical engineer with a good amount of experience
in marine electronics. I was an outside observer during the voyage
described in this book, and contacted the Sunderland family when it
became evident that they had serious technical problems.
Suggestions made for safety were ignored and the outcome
of systems failing (as described in the book) was the result.
I was NOT part of "Team Abby" as described in the book.
Lynn Vincent did the writing, she's a ghost writer
who is best known for writing Sarah Palin's books.
Ms. Vincent is actually a good writer and knows how
to put a story together. Factuality and accuracy
are another question. However, she can only write
about what she's told.
In quick summary:
The book is a mixture of fiction, fact and selective
storytelling. When I say "selective" a lot of
things that were "conveniently ignored" made the
story slanted away from all the dangerous stupidity
that occurred along the way.
This is not surprising, considering Facebook postings
and the blog associated with the voyage were rigidly censored
to remove the commentary coming from knowledgable sailors
who warned of issues that threatened
the safety of Abby Sunderland.
Considering members of the Sunderland family have been
called out on national television for being deceptive.Read more ›
Like many action movies, this book opens with a live-action scene depicting one of the more harrowing parts of Abby's sea voyage. The purpose, of course, was to capture the reader's attention right away and let them know what lay ahead in this real-life action thriller. There are a number of events taking place at the same time, so the decision to insert a page right up front to explain the use of a clever literary device to identify where the scene was and who was speaking was not just helpful, but made the story more understandable and cohesive for the reader. There were three images used, one indicating Abby's voice, another representing the narrator's voice and a third which represented those who took part in the attempted rescue.
SPOILER ALERT: There may be plot information beyond this point that some readers may not want to know. If so, stop now or continue reading at your own risk.
The book begins in 2001 to develop an historical foundation and an introduction to the Sunderland family when Abby was eight-years old. A second reason was to show how the Sunderland lifestyle revolved around sailing and other activities at sea.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ABBY SUNDERLAND &
I followed the voyage of Zac Sunderland in National Geographic magazine when he, at 17, became the youngest person... Read more
I remember hearing Abby Sunderland's story on the radio while it was happening and listening to the big debate about whether her parents should've let her try to sail around the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Allison Rushton
I enjoyed sailing growing up. Unfortunately it is a love that I've not been able to continue. I enjoy reading stories about young people living their dreams. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Storm
This story is particularly compelling because Abby Sunderland shows not only tremendous skill and knowledge of sailing but also incredible courage in the face of huge challenges. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sarah Loten
An inspiring book and an inspiring life. Well worth the time to read. Captivating from cover to cover. Congratulations Abby!Published on December 3, 2013 by Cliff Collins
Like Abby I too am a Born Again Christian and I have read all the negative comments and frankly I am sad and dismayed by them, everyone lays blame at the feet of her parents, more... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by sabreena lachlainn
A fantastic read, kept me going,could not put it down once I started to read. Something for everyone, a real human heart warming story,inspiring,and stirring not only for the... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Trevor Breary