This book stressed me out! From start to finish. I was tense, tight, biting my fingernails and the heads off small children. But this is a feel-good book right? You may be asking yourself.
Not for me. For me this book was stressful. Of course doesn't help that I have a love-hate relationship with the ocean. Look I'm the first to admit, I'm happier near the sea. A good friend always says the ocean resets your negative ions. Whatever the heck that means. But when the kids were young we happened to be picnicking by the Pacific Ocean near Half-moon Bay when the kids got just a little too close to the edge of the ocean and got sucked in. Let me tell you there is nothing more stressful than watching your 4 year old get sucked out to sea. We, of course, immediately jumped in after her and passed her off when I got sucked out.
Hindsight being twenty-twenty, that was just about the worst beach we could have visited with young kids. What did I know about Rip currents?
So anywho back to the book. The story is just so damned amazing and unbelievable I had to google her and unless she's writing her own press releases, near as I can figure this really happened. Lynne (age 17) is up at 5:00 am for an early morning training session in the Pacific ocean in Southern California near Catalina Island. Somehow during her routine swim she finds herself being followed by a baby gray whale, separated from its mother. She stays in the water for several hours and with help from the community reunites the whale (Grayson)with his mommy.
Yes, I cried like a baby at the end. Cuz that's how I roll.