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Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
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Jun 10, 2012

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Shark Girl, a book by Kelly Bingham, tells the story of a young girl who is struggling to regain her life after being attacked by a shark, and losing her arm.
On a sunny day at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen year old Jane Arrowood’s life would change forever. While going for a swim alone she is attacked by a shark, luckily her brother spotted her and was able to get her to the hospital. Although lucky to be alive, Jane doesn’t want to face the fact that her arm is gone forever. She knows people everywhere, especially at school will be asking her questions like “did you see the video?” The dreadful video of her attack which she never wants to see. Jane also worries that she will never be able to paint again, and painting was her life. Along the way Jane will meet new friends that help her through the process, and also receive many letters from people expressing their sadness for her, or seeking to help her by sharing their stories. She eventually realizes that she will get through this for herself and for everyone else in a situation similar to hers.
Shark Girl would be a book I would recommend to you if you would like to read something a bit different. Kelly Bingham tells the story of Jane Arrowood through letters, poems, phone calls, etc. It’s not your average book, which makes it very entertaining. On the similar side, if you enjoyed the true story of Bethany Hamilton, portrayed in the book “Soul Surfer”, then you would definitely like this story. They share very similar stories, except one is true and the other is realistic fiction. Overall this book was very interesting to me, and it was a page turner. You would definitely be able to read this book very fast, while enjoying it.
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