Misplaced Monday – The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

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So this is a new meme I learned about from The Cozy Pages, and hosted by Merv Reads. The idea is to review a book you read a long time ago — either before you started blogging or from early in your blogging career, or that you just plain forgot to review (more info here). I’m also going to borrow the bullet-format review from Merv (which I also discovered at The Cozy Pages) this week (with commentary, of course!), because I don’t have a lot of in-depth stuff to say about this book since I read it in January of 2016. Bottom line, though, is that it is phenomenally well-written. I remember thinking, at the time, that it was one of the best-written books I had read in a long, long time. So, without further ado — my bullet review of The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger:

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

 

○ i have a physical copy
○ read an e-version, will definitely purchase physical book
○ read an e-version, a physical book will be appreciated
● read an e-version, not interested in its physical book — Mostly because I own waaaaay too many books and I’m trying not to be a hoarder
● a page-turner — I remember reading it in the backseat of my in-laws’ car on my Kindle in the dark on the way home from Disney. I read it any chance I got.
● less than 500 pages
○ diverse in any way
○ something’s lacking
○ took me a long time to finish
○ an LMAO read
○ i laughed more than a few times
○ it’s j u s t awkward
○ gave me goosebumps
● one of the best books I’ve read — Like I said, SO well-written. Also, the story is particularly gripping because it’s true, and it’s incredibly well-researched. I learned so much.
● painful & sad — If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about a fishing boat that disappeared in a huge storm. Junger recreates what happened, including the rescue efforts. It’s a tragic story by its very nature.
● tear-jerker — Like I said – they disappear at sea, lives are lost. Enough said.
● a roller-coaster of emotions — Junger catalogs the emotions of the crew, the rescuers, and the surviving loved ones, which packs in a lot of ups and downs and varying coping mechanisms.
○ thrilling
○ confusing
○ sooo relatable
○ it is kind of annoying
○ it has a lot of flashbacks
● it moved me
● would recommend!
● great even for a reread
● definitely a YAY
○ i’m sorry it’s a NAY
○ it’s between YAY and NAY

It’s been over two years since I read the book, but I still think of it as one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s definitely one of the best non-fiction books. I would, at some point, love to see the movie but I know that it’ll be an emotional one…maybe I should wait until I’m not a pregnant emotional mess! Ha!

Five stars!!!

4 thoughts on “Misplaced Monday – The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

  1. The Cozy Pages says:

    The Perfect Storm! I don’t know if I could handle reading this one. I only saw bits of the movie and I could barely take it. I’ve seen very positive reviews about the book though.
    Hahaha… good idea to wait or the hormones to settle. 😉

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