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Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey of Perseverance.

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Escaping instantaneous death and paralysis from a hangman's broken neck, and shattered right jaw endured in a horrific watersking accident is only part of this unbelievable life story. Follow Shellie on her journey from the Ozarks to Egypt and even the back alleys of Hollywood streets as she perseveres through more than her share of grueling set backs. You don't have to be ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published December 16th 2015 by Shellie Blum LLC (first published September 11th 2015)
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Grace Hamilton
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great story about a courageous young woman who lives life to the full until the unbelievable happens. This story has it all. Drama, humour, courage, highs and lows. The trials and tribulations of a girl growing into womanhood while being a world recognised skier from an age when women were still classed as second in this sport. There are some terms in the book that leave the non water skier out of their depth, this however doesn't detract from the storyline and I recommend it as a fine piece o ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read! What an amazing amount of courage Ms. Blum has! She's been fighting for what she believes in since she was a little girl. She deserves to be in the Waterski Hall of Fame. Don't miss this book!
Barry Whittingham
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can’t help thinking it’s a pity that the screenplay Shellie Blum wrote of her life wasn’t accepted as it would have made a thrilling, action-packed Hollywood movie. It’s true that nobody escapes some drama in their life, but this petite, athletically gifted, ferociously competitive, independent-minded, dare-devil kind of a girl gets more than her fair share: born with a cleft palate, her violent, alcoholic father shot dead in a drunken quarrel and, above all, a horrendous accident from which s ...more
Suzie Carr
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ask any life coach what the secret to success is and they will likely agree it's the ability to get back up, learn the lessons, embrace the epiphanies, and let go. In this telling memoir, Shellie Blum has showed us firsthand just how successful she is. Faced with more obstacles than seems humanly possible, Ms. Blum has proven that the sun certainly does shine even behind the clouds. Her touching story reminds us that anything is possible, and the human spirit is unbreakable in the presence of de ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great memoir, and a quick read. I really enjoyed the story, and knew nothing about water skiing before reading it. There's a lot of 'meat' to the story, and while it follows Shellie's life and adventures in the water skiing industry, the actually 'story' is about trial, tribulation, and perseverance. I felt like the last chapter of the book could easily be the beginning of a second volume. It isn't poetic, or flowery, but it is raw, full of emotion, and powerful.

I hope to
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Incredible Testimony!
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I finished reading Waterski Girl Wonder, all I could say was "Wow!" Shellie Blum tells her own story from her childhood with an alcoholic father, to her rise to prominence in the sport of water skiing as a young teenager, and the tragic accident at Cypress Gardens, Florida, at that time the water skiing capital of the world, which ended her career.
From the time she was a small child, Shellie was willing to compete with the best of them. The youngest in the family, she had two older brothe
Pat Garcia
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey of Perseverance reveals the life of Shellie Blum, the first female to achieve star status in waterskiing. It is a memoir that shows the ups and downs of breaking into what was then known as a man’s world. However, it not only shows the hardships, but it also shows her triumphs as she battles against odds that would have caused most people to give up.

Reading how others have overcome adversity in life strengthens our courage to move on with our lives, and that is w
Lisa Costantino
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Shellie Blum’s rise to fame as the Waterski Girl Wonder is a strong example of how to fight for and achieve your dreams, and she recounts her path from defiant tomboy to Cypress Gardens star with a dynamic energy. What impressed me most, however, was her frank honesty about her spiral downward after the horrific accident that ended her career. Maltreatment from insurance companies, attorneys, and more led to a dark place, but even in the darkness she fought back, and she conveys this with ...more
Rosie Crawford
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This really is a story of determination and perseverance. Even though I am not an athlete, I could totally relate to Shellie's struggles as a female to be taken seriously in her chosen field. Because of women like Shellie, I'm sure women today have an easier time. I enjoyed learning a lot about competitive water skiing and watching Shellie progress from a wonder child to a competent adult. Her caring for her colleagues and family is evident throughout the book.
Christopher Long
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Former waterski champion Shellie Blum shares her personal experiences of enduring a multitude of accidents, injuries and other personal setbacks in graphic, edge-of-your-seat detail. But what spoke to me most were the portraits she paints of the people who she encountered along the way. In sum, come for the sizzle, but stay for the story.
Bright Alive
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so emotional, so full of inspiration! I couldn't put it down! I have to admit this book is the best one I've read all year!
Melanie Adkins
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shellie Blum was born with a reason to hide from the world. She didn't do that. Instead, her life became the biggest adventure you can imagine. She was good at every sport she tried. She even broke some barriers others wouldn't have thought of. Her heart and soul didn't know the words- give up. Her journey was one of spectacular highs and lows.

Loved this book. It's the most inspirational book I've read in some time. Well written with descriptions so vivid you'll feel the water splash you, this
J.C. Anderson
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger," and a favorite American cliché was born. The hopeful American can-do culture cherishes this self-affirming, transformative promise. With this confirmation bias, former waterski star Shellie Blum supports Nietzsche’s promise in her book "Waterski Girl Wonder, A Journey of Perseverance."
Freud in turn promised that suffering is an inevitable part of every life. No one has lived this guarantee more fully than Shellie
Taylor Lakke
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fascinating read and a page turner. I could not put it down. This should be required reading for every school student. Hard work, standing up for what is right and persistence. As Calvin Coolidge once said, "Persistence and determination alone is omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race". You certainly have demonstrated that Shellie. As I read your words I felt as if I was right there with you every step of the way on your ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting story, poorly written
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