“Unbroken” – Jake Approved

A True Story of Courage and Survival


At the beginning of this year every student at Abington High School received a free copy of the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (“Seabiscuit”). I started reading this book during my free time, including the “Unbroken” designated advisory periods on select Wednesdays: but I noticed that many people were not.  I am hoping that after reading this review – your opinion of this book changes because I strongly believe that it was given to the entire student body for a reason.

“Unbroken” is the story of Louie Zamperini; a delinquent turned track star, turned air force bomber,  turned survivalist,  turned prisoner of war.  There is something in this character that will appeal to almost everyone.  Laura Hillenbrand researched so heavily for this book that it feels as if she had actually been a part of the setting. Her descriptions and facts are clear and accurate which gives the reader the feeling that they are right next to Zamperini on his unbelievable journeys from the Olympics to a prison of war camp in Japan. The book contains pictures of the actual events as they happened and the imagery of the events draws you into this story.Parajumpers Jakke
The book begins with a reflection on Zamperini’s childhood and follows the rest of his life chapter after chapter. Most of the story is set during the time of the Second World War and focuses on Zamperini and his friends’ survival. “Unbroken” is being made into a movie which will come out in 2014. This book is perfect for a movie adaption because of this man’s unbelievable story, as well as its historical significance.

I believe this book was given to us because it is such an emotionally powerful story with a strong appeal for readers of multiple genres.  I urge you to pull this book out of your book shelf and start reading it today –  you will not be sorry!

it is such an emotionally powerful story with a strong appeal for readers of multiple genres”

— Jake Snyder