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About the Author

Abby Sunderland is the second of eight children 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 to audiences everywhere.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First American Edition edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203086
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a read a lot of non-fiction about people on incredible adventurous journeys and was captivated by the story. The story itself is impressive of a 16-year old and her attempt to sail unassisted and non-stop around the globe.

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.
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OK, so I just got through the Abby Sunderland book.
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.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I might not have finished it except that, as a Vine reviewer, I try to commit to finishing or using each item I receive. The story of Abby Sunderland's voyage, told in several different voices, including hers, was at times moving and exciting, but so many words were devoted to tales of "God answering prayers" and to Abby's defense of her parents' decision to let her go on such a dangerous journey at age 16 (and their involvement with various media professionals) that the narrative of what it was actually like to be at sea was diminished. This was irritating to me. I would have liked better writing, especially about the natural world and the thrill of sailing. For me, the style of the ghost writer (who has written for Sarah Palin, which I must admit probably influenced some of my negative feelings) didn't serve to involve me deeply in Abby's world. There was a superficiality about it which caused me to skim some pages. That said, I did enjoy many of the passages written from Abby's point of view. She came across as a brave young woman who is thoughtful, determined, and very loyal to her family. To me, it was sad that her parents were so willing to let her risk her life at this young age, but this is just my personal view. I also have a personal view that taxpayers (in any country) shouldn't have to pay for rescues of those who voluntarily participate in life-threatening activities; I was disappointed that this was only mentioned in a short and quite dismissive paragraph at the very end of the book. But all in all, I'm glad I finished it. Mary Lee Moser, author, There and Back: A Journal Companion for Special Needs Parents.
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