Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton is an extraordinary novel about the author herself. 12 year old surfer Bethany Hamilton was born for surfing, but when an everyday surf trip takes an unexpected turn, the one thing that Bethany lived for, surfing, would change her life forever. The attack that she had was exactly the proof that Bethany couldn’t live without surfing. On the day of the Accident, Bethany met up with her best friend, Alana Blanchard, Alana’s Dad, and Brother to surf, like they would do regularly, on their favourite surf spot, when a deadly visitor, came out of the blue. A 14-foot tiger shark had taken her arm, but luckily, that was all it took. Even though by the time Bethany was at the hospital, she had lost 60 percent of her blood, she still survived. Her family and friends helped her get through the tough journey back on into the water, and her eldest brother had filmed the story. She went from feeling like she was re-learning how to surf again, to surfing better than she has ever had before, when she had all her limbs. Bethany has inspired, and continues to inspire millions of people around the world, and now has a family of her own.
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The book is written in the unique perspective of Bethany’s life, before, and after the accident. When she was in therapy, people recommended that she writes a novel, but due to her condition after the attack, she would tell her story to her therapist, and a writer, and the writer would convert everything she says, into print. The novel is set during modern time, when Bethany was young.
The novel is written in first person narrative and is told through Bethany, the main character. The fright, fear, loss, and excited is all felt as if I lived through it with her.
Even though this book wasn't the most fascinating, or the most interesting, Soul Surfer is most definitely the most inspiring novel I've read and it influenced me in countless ways. It taught me how important hope is, and that no matter how frustrating, or hopeless things get, you can always get over it. I would definitely recommend it to someone else, especially to someone who is going through hard times. It's truly one of the most inspirational books written, and I look forward to reading what Bethany Hamilton might write in her future.
Book Reviewed by Alice
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