Captain Fin

Captain Fin

by Amanda M. Thrasher


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Captain Fin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards 24 days ago
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RuthieJonesTX 3 months ago
Captain Fin is an impressive literary fiction that works its magic of drawing you completely into the story right from the first page. Five-year-old Hannah Gunner loves when her father becomes Captain Fin at bedtime and takes her, his First Matey, on a pirate journey to search for buried treasure, transforming her bedroom into a swashbuckling land of adventure every evening, if only in their imagination. Unfortunately, little Hannah's world is turned upside down when her father, Hank Gunner, aka Captain Fin, goes away and doesn't come back. She carries the effects of that loss deep in her heart, even if she is too young to comprehend why things are now so different. The reader knows what happens to Hank, but eleven years go by before 16-year-old Hannah begins to unravel the clues to what really happened to her father. The story unfolds at a moderate pace, but the action never lags. Hannah as a teenager is quiet and reserved because her mother, Gloria, has moved them around several times over the years to increase her salary as a nurse. Hannah is used to not making friends and keeping her feelings tucked away deep inside, but when Gloria decides to move back home, the story shifts dramatically. Hannah finds a best friend, Lindsey, and a boyfriend, Cash, as she settles into the life of a typical teen who finally feels grounded enough to open her heart and life to friends. The overall story is well crafted and well written, providing the reader with a multi-layered fiction that slowly reveals how past events and a single decision can change so many lives and cause so much confusion, anger, and sorrow. Fabulous characterization makes Captain Fin a gripping tale because the emotions are diverse and incredibly tangible, especially when the plot escalates into the realm of both loss and discovery at the same time. Hannah's characterization as a teenager is spot on and believable, although her boyfriend and her best friend seem almost too good to be true. But that's okay, because they are solidly in her life when she needs their support the most. The reader wants Hannah to be able to reach out and find those loving arms and gentle hugs as her life spirals into sadness. That level of support is an overarching theme in Captain Fin. Gloria's decision to shoulder everything alone after Hank is gone has devastating and harmful effects on the entire family. In contrast, Hannah's choice to fall back on her newly acquired foundation of friendship, family, and love helps her weather the ugly storm of crushing sadness. We all need that loving support of friends and family to see us through the hard times and to encourage us to enjoy the good moments as well. Another overarching theme is secrets and lies. Is keeping a secret/telling a lie ever the right choice, even if it's to keep from overwhelming a little girl with grown-up problems? Gloria makes a detrimental choice for all the right reasons, but that doesn't ease the sting of betrayal and missed opportunities for her, her friends, her sister, her daughter, and her husband. Discover for yourself the world of Captain Fin and his First Matey, filled with laughter, heartbreak, wonder, sadness, adventure, friendship, and love. And remember, choices affect more than one person. They ripple through other people's lives, either causing joy or wreaking havoc but always bringing change.
Sherrill_Cannon 5 months ago
Captain Fin will Capture Your Imagination! Captain Fin, is a work of young adult fiction by author Amanda M. Thrasher, adapted from a screenplay by Kevin James O'Neill. I found this a delightful story from start to finish, and not at all only for Y/A! I’m recommending it to all my friends! The story opens with a lot of charming dialogue, painting pictures in one’s head of a young 5-year old daughter playing bedtime pirate games with her father while her Mom is secretly sitting outside the door enjoying the escapades. What happens to this joyful family is slowly revealed in the twists of fate that lead to sorrow, and finally to resolution. The conversations throughout this book are refreshingly contemporary, and accurate; and the underlying theme of family love and developing friendship continues throughout. I have enjoyed and admired this author for a long time, and am so impressed with this latest release. 6-stars!!!
ReadersFavorite2 6 months ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Captain Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher is a novel that explores what secrets can do to a young soul. Hannah Gunner knows that she can never be the lovely, free-spirited person she once was and when her identity crisis takes a toll on her, she begins to look for answers. With her boyfriend Cash by her side and Lindsey, her closest friend, she undertakes the journey to unveil the truth about her past. An old box filled with musty letters fills in some of the blanks but leaves her wanting more. Her only hope of getting to the bottom of the lies she has been told is the captain. But can she succeed in tracking him down? This novel answers the question: Why does the truth matter so much in the life of a young woman? Readers encounter a compelling character in Hannah and she evokes their sympathy by the fact that she is genuinely flawed. The story has a strong premise; a young woman feels deeply that she is not what she has been made to believe she is, and her life experiences a lot of tension and lack of peace because of this doubt. The suspense nags at the reader as they want to know if Hannah can put all the pieces together. Captain Fin is emotionally rich, psychologically disturbing and downright entertaining. A breezy read for fans of young adult literature that deals with social issues. One of those novels I had to read through the entire night.
ReadersFavorite1 6 months ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Captain Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher is a perfect young adult fiction where you have a powerful protagonist, trusty friends and a mystery to solve. I loved the storyline and I loved how well the characters meshed together. Hannah, Lindsey, and Cash made a great team together; their chemistry and their ability to work together just made the novel even more interesting. YA fiction can easily go horribly wrong, but Thrasher did something incredibly right with this one. This is the story of Hannah, a young girl who has no idea what her past is and who she is supposed to be. She struggles with the idea of herself, so when she finds a chest of letters that might give her an inkling of who she is, she grabs it with both hands. However, they are not giving her all the answers she needs so she gets help from her close friend Lindsey and her boyfriend Cash to make sense of her life. The three of them band together to find anything that would give them answers about Hannah’s past. Hannah is adorable, resilient and very determined. She is definitely one of my favorite female characters. She does not cry at every opportunity, she does not wait for Cash and Lindsey to make the answers appear out of thin air, and she definitely does not wait for someone else to solve her problems for her. I enjoyed her story; I enjoyed how the three of them worked together as a team. They had each other’s back and ensured the others were safe. I loved it!
ReadersFavorite 6 months ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Captain Fin is a work of young adult fiction penned by author Amanda M. Thrasher and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill. In this tale, we find our hero Hannah Gunner in a state of turmoil regarding the secrets unveiled about her life. Hannah doesn’t really know the full particulars of who she is, and so she forms a trio of inquirers with her boyfriend Cash and best friend Lindsay to discover the truth about herself. She must distinguish between memories and dreams to uncover reality, coming face to face with the ghosts of her past and the elusive Captain that haunts her still. This is a fascinating tale that certainly has much to offer its young adult readers, with likeable lead characters, hidden treasure and secrets, as well as important social issues about growing up, learning who you really are and having that sense of self put to the test by the information and people you face in the wider world. Hannah is an endearing lead character whom author Amanda M. Thrasher makes very likable and relatable, and I enjoyed the unreliability of the memories and secrets she has to deal with. This enhances the overall plot with plenty of twists and suspense, making it all the more exciting when moments of real truth do emerge for us to put the pieces of Hannah’s life together. Overall, Captain Fin is a strong work of teen identity, adventure, mystery and plenty of hi-jinks to keep its readers entertained.