The True Story of a Teenager on a Mission to the Top of the World

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
272 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2016
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Author Biography

Alex Staniforth is an adventurer, philanthropist, and motivational speaker from Cheshire, England. He serves as the Brand Ambassador for the Westgrove Group, Chester Business Club, World Merit, and YP Potential, as well as the Active Lifestyle Ambassador for Active Cheshire. You can connect with Alex on Facebook and Twitter @alex_staniforth.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michael White for Readers' Favorite

Icefall is the true story of Alex Staniforth’s journey to reach the top of Mount Everest. What is remarkable about Alex’s story is that he was only eighteen years old. Alex was also a sick child and suffered from bouts of epilepsy. But because of his struggles with illness, Alex learned a grim determination. He never gave up and struggled hard to succeed, despite many difficult odds. Alex took this grit with him on his journey to Mount Everest’s summit. Icefall documents his journey and the countless struggles and dangers he faced in order to have the chance to achieve his dream at such a remarkable young age. Icefall is an amazing account of one person’s will and determination to achieve a life’s goal, and can be an inspiration to us all.

Even if you are not a mountain climber or never dream of climbing Mount Everest, there are valuable lessons in Icefall by Alex Staniforth. Icefall is so much more than just an adventure story about a teenager who climbs a mountain. It is a well-written narrative with a very personal style that makes it feel as if Alex Staniforth is talking to you directly. I loved the personality that flowed from these pages and really made Alex feel like a friend, especially as he talked about sharing his dream of his ascent. The book is very mature and sometimes I forgot that I was reading the writing of a young person. I also appreciated Alex’s honesty and how he laid his feelings out for the whole world to see.