It's official: I'm halfway through my reading challenge. Twenty-five down and twenty-five to go. It's been busy and challenging and a little frustrating at times, but it's nice to reach this milestone and know that my goal is still achievable.
My 25th book of the year came to me in the form of a movie trailer. I don't know if anyone else is obsessed with watching move trailers on Youtube, but I've always enjoyed it. It's fun to pick out which films you want to see throughout the year and I've always loved watching trailers for movies that look terrible.
I saw the trailer for Adrift about a month ago. It stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and it looks like quite a well-made film. After reading the book, I'm even more interested to see this story played out on screen.
Adrift is one of those books that's completely driven by the plot line. I will say that this book isn't a literary masterpiece. The writing won't keep you hooked in, but the story will. It's a true first-hand account of a young woman and her fiance who are avid sailors. During a crossing from French Polynesia to the United States, they get stuck in a hurricane. Tami Oldman is knocked unconscious below deck, and when she wakes up she finds her fiance, Richard, has been swept overboard. Suddenly alone in the ocean on a boat that's been partially destroyed, Tami has to navigate to the Hawaiian islands, all while grieving the loss of someone she loved.
The book unfolds in a combination of flash-backs to before the accident and accounts of Tami's time after the storm. She describes how she met Richard and how they travelled around the world together. She explores the mental and emotional impact of losing someone in such a dramatic, tragic way, and she also gives insight into how hard it was for her to continue sailing and living after losing Richard.
The book, co-written by journalist and sailor Susea McEarghart and also known by the alternative title Red Sky In Mourning, Adrift is one of those stories that almost hard to believe. You can't imagine being in Tami's position and being able to continue on with life and sailing. But she does. She overcomes and she fights, and she doesn't pretend it's easy.
Like I said before, if you're picky about writing, this may not be the ideal book for you. It has cliches and doesn't flow perfectly, but what's really important is the story and the message.
If you liked this you might also enjoy:
- Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls