Soul Surfer

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Have you ever thought about all the things that could happen that would change your entire life? Bethany Hamilton was just a thirteen year old girl and a surfer when she was attacked by a shark, losing her entire left arm. Hamilton’s Soul Surfer is her admirable story of how she was attacked by a shark, survived, and got back on the board to become a professional surfer.

Bethany Hamilton grew up surfing, both of her parents were surfers along with her two older brothers. The morning of Halloween was just another day of surfing for Bethany, her best friend, Alana, and Alana’s family. They were all enjoying a morning of surfing and while they were waiting for waves to start, Bethany was dangling her arm in the water. A thirteen foot tiger shark attacked, Bethany’s left arm, amputating it completely and swimming away. She was rushed to the hospital on their island in Hawaii where, coincidently, Bethany’s father was about to be receiving knee surgery. When she woke up in the hospital, the first thing she was wondering was when she was able to surf again. Being raised a strong Christian, her family, friends, and herself all used their faith in God to push through the difficult times. Bethany has grown up to become a professional surfer, and believes she is alive for a reason. There were not many things to dislike in this book. One thing I did dislike though was the way it was written. Being written by a surfer, it was mostly written for surfers. She used words that I didn’t understand, and I wouldn’t expect most people who don’t surf avidly to understand, such as “dirty lickings” and “stringer”. Close to the end of the book, she had a few of the terms with what they meant. Another, and the only other thing that I disliked, was that sometimes it seemed like she wasn’t the only author. It sounds at some points as if she had a coauthor, but they were not recognized. There were not many things that I disliked about this book. I enjoyed this book, and there were a lot...
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