Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.8 Llamas


I am going to say up front, I am totally in love with this book!!! This book is NOT about the movie ‘Soul Surfer’ but instead is the actual story of Bethany Hamilton!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

Bethany Hamilton wrote this book 3 years after the famous shark attack that took her arm. And when I got this book, I thought I was getting a book about the movie but instead I got her Biography!!!! She wrote this book herself explaining what happened and how she got though it. I absolutely love the whole book!!!!

Now this book is kid-friendly in my opinion, but the shark attack part is kind-of gross and she does explain how they sewed her wound. (GROSS!!!!) But I do think kids can read it, you just might get a little grossed out on some parts.

Over all, I really, really, REALLY liked this book, and I would of gave it a higher rating but this book is not really funny and is a little bit violent. (I really enjoyed it though, so I think you should read it.) And this book can also be used for a Biography paper for school!!! (Look at me finding Biography’s just for you, “Your Welcome!”)

I love you all, and I hope this review was helpful!!! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • Christian-friendly
  • Very uplifting


  • VERY VIOLENT!!! Cause ya’ know… she lost her arm…

In this moving personal account of faith and fortitude, internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton tells how she survived a shark attack that cost her arm–but not her spirit.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.

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