Best Practical & Motivational Self Help Book Reviews From BookViral

Living Underwater By Kati Van Der Hoeven

Living with locked-in syndrome.

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

SUMMARY: Kati’s life changed forever when at just twenty years old she had a stroke, which took away her ability to speak and left her paralysed – locked in. However, her determination, strength of character and spirit soared, as she learnt to surrender to her circumstances and flourish.This is the true story of Kati van der Hoeven, who is living with locked-in syndrome.

The BookViral Review: Genre –  Practical & Motivational Self Help

Fictional depictions of disabled characters are often outdated, incorrect, and far from the reality of those living with a physical, sensory, or intellectual impairment but Kati Van Der Hoeven tells us how it is. Living with “locked-in syndrome” she hasn’t allowed herself to become rooted in social norms or defined by her medical diagnosis. And whilst you might think an autobiography of this kind would be maudlin, Kati is far from that.

The impact of a stroke at age 20 and the resulting brain stem infarction has had a profound impact on her life but she hasn’t let it define her. Embracing her disabled identity, and the unique perspective her impairment has given her Living Underwater proves a powerful and profoundly moving autobiography that reflects on the dramatic effects “locked-in syndrome” exerts on relationship dynamics and what it is like to be trapped in a paralyzed body.

Exploring how her disability has affected her choices in living she doesn’t pull any punches but Living Underwater is no pity party. Edged with a razor-sharp wit and a tremendous sense of humour her optimism and ability to seek the positive combined with tremendous resilience is nothing short of inspirational.

Powerful and essential reading for those wishing to understand disability and anyone looking for a truly inspirational role model Living Underwater is recommended without reservation.

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

Two-Hour Romance Short Reads

Two-Hour Romance Short Reads

As their relationship deepens, Joann begins to harbour secret feelings towards her new business partner, but the plot thickens as more characters become embroiled in their lives, leading to some surprising conclusions, great danger, a treasure map and a ghost or two added for good measure.

Read More »
Recommended Introvert Memoirs

Recommended Introvert Memoirs

We journey with Benjamin through romance, business, adventure, and personal grief, where the oxymoron of both the self-sufficiency and the sometimes needy side of introversion becomes all too apparent.

Read More »

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Social commentary in literature
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

Social Commentary In Literature

Never before has the voice of social commentary in literature sung higher. Freedom of speech has brought with it a cacophony of loudly spoken, written and sometimes harshly promoted opinion and judgement.

Read More »
Author Publishing Tips
Editorial Team

Why We Love Superheroes & Reading About Them

In our quest for an answer to the question ‘’Why do we love Superheroes?’’, we wanted to gain the perspective of ‘’we’’- the humans, and the psychology behind why we are drawn to these recognisable but otherworldly creatures.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.