Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton

Rating: 4.5/5

Soul Surfer-Bethany Hamilton

“Soul Surfer” by Bethany Hamilton is a truly remarkable story of a girl who has dedicated her life to surfing. Bethany would stop at nothing until one day she decided to go to Tunnels Beach, Kauai with her best friend Alana, Alana’s dad, and Alana’s brother. Bethany and Alana were on their boards, lying on their stomachs, waiting for a wave to catch until a tragedy happened. When Bethany was taken out the water and lying on the beach, more and more surfers came to help and support her. This continued the whole way through her recovery, along with her parents. When Bethany got out the hospital the doctors told her not to go in the water until they removed her stitches but Bethany, determined to get back in the water, would stop at nothing to get back on her board and ride the waves. It was hard for her to surf with one arm but with a little help from her friends and family she was able to accomplish that. Her story became huge around the globe. People sent her get-well wishes and some money to help her out since her family had to pay for her treatment. Later then she became an inspiration to children with missing limbs. Bethany still competed in competitions, regardless of her missing arm, and she surfed to the top.

Social/Historical context:

“Soul Surfer” is set in modern times Kauai, Bethany learned that you can do almost anything if you have faith in yourself so you can too.

Writing Style:

Hamilton, Bethany wrote the book in her perspective telling the reader about her thoughts and feelings. She managed to fit in many details which really brings the whole book together.

My Thoughts:

My thoughts This book is really inspiring it made me feel like if something goes terribly wrong the situation can totally turn around and make it the best thing that has ever happened to you. Overall this book is very well written including many details that really bring this book together.

Book Reviewed by Daniella Cass

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