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Young Adult Nonfiction 223
A Family of Seven Sailing 5000 Miles
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A
SEVEN AT SEA is told in alternating point of views between Erik and Emily Orton. After watching sailboats drifting on the Hudson River, Erik is ready stop dreaming and make his hopes come true. Nothing can stop him. Not the expenses, his wife's fear of water, or his five kids.

With their new sailboat, the Orton family takes on the adventure of a lifetime. They are traveling 5000 miles from New York City to the Caribbean. As expected, living on the water in tight quarters is trivial and I know I couldn't do it. They had their good days and their bad ones, but they could always count on each other. SEVEN AT SEA is an emotional read that will inspire you to make your dreams come true.

I really enjoyed the two different point of views because it gave the reader more insight on the situation. It also shows how they react to the trip differently. I really loved the epilogue in the back that explains how this trip affected everyone. This isn't a story just about sailing. It's about taking risks and going through with a dream no matter how hard the path get. I love the growth of the family and how they grew closer rather than being pushed apart.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of memoirs, true stories about making dreams become reality, sailing, emotional reads, and focusing on family.
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