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I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond (Anglais) Broché – 7 février 2012


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Michael Oher's Remarkable Story, In His Own Words 8 février 2011
Par AdamSmythe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
First there was Michael Lewis's best-selling book, "The Blind Side." Then there was the popular movie of the same title, starring Sandra Bullock. Next there was Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy's book, "In a Heartbeat." (If you haven't read either of these two books or seen the movie, I wholeheartedly recommend them all--each has its own message.) Now, finally, Michael Oher has co-authored his own book about his remarkable story. Perhaps one of the first questions you might ask is whether there is a sufficiently different approach and message in Oher's book to make purchasing it worthwhile. In a word, my answer is yes. Oher's book is definitely not some short piece of fluff. It covers 21 chapters over about 250 pages, and while the book is fast-paced and easy to read, it addresses very important topics. According to Oher, he wrote this book primarily for two reasons: First, he wanted to separate fact from the fiction ("artistic choices") that Hollywood introduced into the movie. Second, and far more important, Oher wants to have a meaningful talk with the approximate 500,000 children in America whose lives have been turned over by the state to someone other than their parents. He knows that the odds in life are stacked against these children, and he wants to tell them how he beat the odds--hence the title of his book.

While this book is easy to read, it still packs a powerful punch. Perhaps the most touching chapter to me was the third one, entitled "The Day They Took Me Away," which describes what happened when Child Protective Services came to take him from his mother. This about that situation for a moment.

One theme that comes through loud and clear is that Michael Oher was very determined to make something of himself, and he wants to encourage that same determination in children at risk. As he stated, "Failure was simply not an option for me." This determination, by the way, certainly preceded his encounter with the very generous Tuohy family. Indeed, the famous movie scene where the Tuohy's silver BMW pulls up to him doesn't appear until page 136 of Oher's book.

In short, this book represents a very worthwhile addition to the earlier books and movie concerning Michael Oher's life. It has a lot of interesting material, and it packs an important, inspiring and profound message. There are even a half-dozen or so pages of photos, examples of some of the heart-warming (and heart-breaking) letters that Oher receives from kids every week, and at the end of the book there's a listing of children's organizations that readers may want to become involved with. If the plight of thousands of children in the child welfare system interests you, this book is worthy of your careful consideration.
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Adds to the story 9 février 2011
Par Avid Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've read the Blind Side and the Tuohy's book and I agree with the first reviewer that Oher's book does add quite a bit of information not in the other books. Aside from details on his childhood, you get a sense of the kind of person the author is from his reactions to the people around him and his circumstances. My impression of the author is that he is a man with unusual maturity, compassion and kindness towards others all the more remarkable given the lack of nurturing he received early in life. He also comes across as funny and intelligent. The book definitely gives the reader a better idea of what Michael Oher is really like and I was surprised to see how insightful he seemed to be, not because I thought he was stupid, but because he is so young and yet expresses a maturity beyond his years. An inspirational book for teenagers or anyone else.
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I Beat The Odds 11 février 2011
Par Amanda - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I just started reading this book yesterday and Michael Oher did a wonderful job telling his story! It tells a story of what a child feels like when bounced around between foster homes while trying to keep their family together and all of the emotions that come with it. I think it took a lot of courage for him to go back to the different places he had lived and finally come to terms with the different events in his childhood. I have worked with kids in the foster care system and have seen first hand how they will try to "forget" different events in their lives. I can't imagine being in that situation and then having to relive it all over again. I like this book a lot more then the other two. I think it's more personal and could give hope to a child in the same situation that Michael was in. I am so happy he made it out of the bad neighborhood he grew up in and has done something great with his life!

Job well done Michael!
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RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE THAT CAME BEFORE THE HAPPY ENDING-THOSE ARE THE THINGS I WANT TO DISCUSS" 16 février 2011
Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Michael Oher, the star offensive tackle of the NFL Baltimore Ravens and an All-American at the University of Mississippi... was made even more famous by being the subject of an Academy Award winning film *THE BLIND SIDE*. And it is this celluloid presentation to the world that seems to be one of the two main motivator's for this heartfelt book. The biggest reason of course, is Michael's burning desire to try and educate the world about what it is really like to be homeless... without a Father figure... what it is really like in the foster care system... what it is really like to have a drug addict Mother who would disappear for days... weeks... and months on end. What it's like to not only be devoid of a Mother... but to have your brothers and sisters taken away from you also.

Michael also wants the world to know that a human being... and regardless of race... social status... or location... or non-location... of your home... that's what we all are. And Michael not only doesn't want you to forget that... he wants the world to know that even when a human being is at the bottom and homeless... and without a family member that ever said I love you... that special individuals can still have goals and dreams... **AND MORE IMPORTANTLY** the drive to do what it takes to reach those seemingly reach-less goals. Michael hopes to influence the seemingly down and out not to quit... and he wants to influence the more fortunate to look at every single person as a human being who with a little love and assistance can become a person of substance.

Michael wound up having twelve brothers and sisters from so many different Fathers he couldn't keep track of them. While he tries to emit love for his Mother the bottom line is explicit when he says: "BUT SHE SEEMED TO LOVE THE CRACK PIPE EVEN MORE. CRACK AND COCAINE WERE HER DRUGS OF CHOICE AND SHE NEVER SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO GET VERY FAR AWAY FROM THEM." Probably the most painful summation of his Mother was: "ALL SHE DID WAS GIVE BIRTH TO US. SHE WAS NEVER REALLY A MOTHER, NOT IN ANY RELIABLE WAY."

Michael always knew he could be successful in life if only given the chance, and he meticulously describes how he never gave up... and here is where I believe is the second most important reason he wrote this book in addition to trying to help the children that are out there now in the same circumstances he lived through... he does not like the way he was portrayed in the movie. In fact this last weekend February 12, 2011 I saw him interviewed on TV and he once again did not hold back his dislike for his movie portrayal. "I LIKED THE MOVIE AS A MOVIE, BUT IN TERMS OF IT REPRESENTING ME, THAT'S WHERE I HAD A HARD TIME LOVING IT. I FELT LIKE IT PORTRAYED ME AS DUMB INSTEAD OF AS A KID WHO HAD NEVER HAD CONSISTENT ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION AND ENDED UP THRIVING ONCE HE GOT IT." This book makes it obvious that this is a misrepresentation. One such example is that when Michael was in the fourth grade he was on the honor roll. It's also interesting that when Michael was seven years old he had an epiphany while watching Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns for their third straight World Championship. Michael (Ohers) then **KNEW-I KNEW-THAT SPORTS WERE GOING TO BE MY WAY OUT.** Michael can barely constrain himself when, as portrayed in the movie, he is supposedly taught how to play football by his young (through adoption) brother with ketchup bottles.

Throughout the book (and in the TV interview) it is obvious Michael wants to be... AND IS... A ROLE MODEL. He cares about the thousands and thousands of children stuck in an awful... loveless... directionless... life. This whole book is built around not forgetting these poor children are out there... and also cries out for help from the fortunate. There are even multiple pages where he lists organizations throughout the country that can be contacted to offer help.

Michael achingly states: "THE TRUTH IS, I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANY ONE PERSON I COULD LOOK UP TO WHEN I WAS YOUNGER--BUT I DID HAVE SOMEONE I COULD LOOK TO FOR HOW **NOT** TO LIVE MY LIFE: MY MOTHER."
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Great read 12 février 2011
Par Tina Grossman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Yes. saw the movie. That being said, the book is a departure. Wonderful insights and personal REAL history- His success is one to applaud - but it also teaches the reader what an impact others around us have and what things we can do as human beings to help others- His inner strength and determination is what so many of our youth has lost sight of- This book should be placed as a required reading in our schools- Not only for the disadvantaged- ALL children and adults from ALL walks of life should take away a lot of lessons- I cried, laughed and cheered !
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