BOOK REVIEW: The Perfect Storm – by Sebastian Junger


Title: The Perfect Storm
Author: Sebastian Junger
Genre: Non Fiction, History, Adventure
First published: 1997
Finished reading: June 17th 2015
Pages: 248
Rating 3

“How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?”


I know that Sebastian Junger wrote The Perfect Storm as a non fiction story and he wanted to incorporate as many facts as possible. I really appreciate his effort and I can’t deny the story is interesting, but with all the different facts about fishing it was hard to stay focused on the main story. It took quite some effort to keep reading all those details about fishing boats; while it is interesting, it can get a bit monotone. I did appreciate the many historical facts in The Perfect Storm, but the story itself didn’t seem to have a logical order and that made it quite hard to read. The prose is solid and it shows that Sebastian Junger really made an effort in trying to make the story more readable. It is quite an interesting story, but I guess someone who is really interested in fishing and history would probably enjoy this book a lot better than I did.


This non fiction story will tell you all about the history of sea fishing and what went wrong during the trip of the Andrea Gail back in October 1991. Working on the fishing boats has never been an easy or safe job, and a lot of fishermen have lost their lives to the sea. Mother nature can be cruel and the sea can have a tremendous force that is beyond anyone’s control… And a storm can arrive when you least expect it. The crew of the Andrea Gail will soon find out just that… As the author relates what happened before and during those last days at sea.


It’s not like The Perfect Storm isn’t an interesting story and I enjoyed reading part of it, but after a while it became repetitive and it was hard to stay focused. I know it’s a non fiction story and I normally enjoy reading that genre, but I guess it didn’t help I’m not all that interested in sea fishing. Maybe if the story would have been told chronologically it would have been easier to stay focused… For now it was a struggle to reach the final page. If you are interested in fishing and sea adventures, you will probably like this one. If not, the movie might be a good alternative… I haven’t seen it myself, but I’ve heard good things about it.

WWW Wednesdays #44 – June 17th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersItheperfectstorm still haven’t finished The Diviners by Libba Gray, but that’s mostly because I decided to pick up other copies first for some of my challenges. I have promised myself to finish it as soon as I finish The Perfect Storm though. This non fiction read by Sebastian Junger is very interesting so far and once I finish it I will have completed my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge! 😀

  • What did you recently finish reading?

frankensteinAfter realizingtheassassinsblade I have been neglecting my TBR Pile challenge, I decided to pick up my copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and finish it first. It’s actually quite a fast read and one of the first classics I have really enjoyed reading this year. I’ve also finished The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas the other day; I loved learning more about Sam! A shame it will be a long wait for the fourth book to come out though…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

trustmeimlyingcinderTrust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is still my next TBR jar pick, but I might read Cinder by Marissa Meyer first if I’m in the mood for a fantasy read. I have been wanting to start that series forever so it’s about time I pick up my copy!

Teaser Tuesdays #47 – June 16th: The Perfect Storm


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve started reading The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger the other day to fill the last empty square of my Bookish Bingo Spring Challenge. It’s a true story and it sounds like an interesting read so far… I’m not too far into the book yet, but I hope to change that by tonight.


My teaser (9%):

“Several times that week Bobby woke up at the Nest, looked out the window, and then crawled back into bed. One can hardly blame him: from now on his life would unfold in brutally short bursts between long stretches at sea, and all he’d have to tide him over would be photos taped to a wall and maybe a letter in a seabag.”


What are you reading right now?

Friday Finds #39 – June 5th


FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. A start of a new month means new titles added to my TBR pile… This week all books I already own a copy of; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page.

My finds:

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