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Introduces to the reader, one of thirteen children by a crack-addicted mother; who does not know his real name, his father, his birthday or any of the things a child might learn in school. Nor has he ever touched a football. He takes up American football and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets.

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Très bon livre.
Le titre tient ses promesses puisque l'évolution du jeu, notamment l'avènement du LT superstar grâce au n°56 y est bien couvert, de même que le scouting ainsi que le recrutement des lycéens par les universités.
Les autres y verront une lecture très enrichissante sur la société américaine, ses inégalités sociales et le nouveau rêve américain.
Dans l'ensemble, une très bonne lecture avec un style fluide et simple.
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It's a a great handwriting but i didn't really like that book. Too much details about sport but it was the point after all
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 must read 4 avril 2016
Par Tyler Lamirato - Publié sur
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The Blind Side is a book about a young, struggling black boy who ends up in a primarily white Christian school where he meets a family that brings him in and helps him realize his potential as a football player and later go on to the NFL. Overall this was a very good book and there is a lot to learn from it. Throughout the book there are many lessons to be learned about identity, overcoming obstacles, a sense of belonging, the importance of family and many more. The Blind Side offers insight into what life is like for an outsider who is trying to fit in and make the best of what he has. As the story progresses Michael goes through many changes and comes to find his sense of belonging and builds his identity along the way. Michael is not the only one who goes through changes during his time with the Tuohy’s. Leanne Tuohy, Michael’s adopted mother, is affected almost as much as Michael. She is very humbled by the experience and her outlook and life is impacted greatly. She begins to appreciate what she has and is more grateful for everything towards the end of the story. I think that The Blind Side should be read more commonly in high school because it has so many great lessons to teach, especially for young kids who are still building their identity. The only negative aspect of the book is that I felt as if the author went off on tangents that were not a necessary part of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading or anyone who doesn’t like reading for that matter. I am not a huge reader myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a must read for everyone, and is an amazing story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommend!! 26 mai 2016
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As a young adult and student-athlete, this book resonates with me in so many levels. The author’s purpose is to not to tell a simple story about how a kid went from nothing to something because there are many stories out there like that. He was trying to influence people that we all have something in us that can make change and we are capable of so much more than we think. The intended audience is everyone, but I mostly think it is to young adults, especially the marginalized. It is easy to relate to mainly everyone because no matter what age, we all face things that seem to be impossible in the moment, but once we come out of it, we realize we are something far greater than ourselves. It relates to my personal life because I overlook the fact that I am fortunate enough to have a gym at my house and I have the resources to get better, while others don’t. It motivates me on my school work because Michael was always in and out of school, and I am so blessed that I can go to a school everyday where the teachers want what is best for me. In the media, we, as a society, try to shy away from stuff like this because we don’t like seeing the bad side. I think it is important for us to see this because then that is the only way change will happen. I would really recommend this book to young adults of any age because there are lessons in the book that could inspire many at a young age. The author has achieved his goal of using two situations in the NFL and in Michael Oher’s case in order to show that it is possible to succeed, even when it sounds so unobtainable. He uses two stories and parallels them to show that success can come from both ends of the spectrum. I wish that he could have made the NFL part of the story easier to understand. I am a pretty big football fan, so I could understand most of the terms, but for young adult readers or people not interested in football, it could be harder for them to connect with the book. Though it can be hard, the author makes it a bit easier to understand by adding in the definition of plays. The book is very useful because it motivated me to change something about myself and society. Be prepared to grab some tissues during the middle of the book and ending because you’ll become very moved by many of the things that happen. It is easily accessible to parents, students, and teachers through Amazon or a local bookstore. The two most interesting quotes that will stick with me are: “Don’t worry where I am. I’ll tell you when I get there” and “Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.” They stick with me because as an athlete it is important to not only listen to other’s stories, but use them to motivate myself. Hard work and the courage to try new things are two key things that I have learned to use in my everyday life if I want to be successful. Overall, this book is a story that I recommend to any and all people because of the learning experiences the author will bring you along.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Poverty to Private Jet 4 mars 2017
Par Wendi S Burton - Publié sur
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The Blind Side (A true story) is the best book I have read this year. I would recommend it to anyone who likes an emotional story full of love, support, and friendship. The story of Michael Oher tells the readers a story of hope: rising from the third poorest zip code in America to living with a family that owns a private jet. Michael Oher gives hope to those kids that are poor and don’t think anything will ever change. This book teaches all of us to never give up hope, and that just because you are poor doesn’t mean you are always going to stay that way.

In the book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis a poor black kid named Michael Oher unknowingly drifts into a rich, white family. Michael Oher starts attending Briarcrest and is noticed by a rich dad named Sean Tuohy , who’s family takes him in and starts pampering him with clothes, gifts, and cars. Leigh Anne, the rich family’s mom, persuades him to join the football team, and he is now the starting left tackle. Nearing the end of high school, Michael Oher decides to attend Ole Miss (Sean and Leigh Anne’s alma mater) on a football scholarship but other colleges accuse the Tuohys of only picking up Michael because of his football ability and persuaded him to go to Ole Miss. A full scale investigation is launched by the NCAA to see if the Tuohys are boosters or not; luckily this doesn’t affect the lasting relationship that Michael has with the Tuohys.

The Blind Side is a book filled to the brim with support. The text states “Leigh Anne took him aside and told him how sorry she was to hear about his dad,”(Lewis, page 101). This shows that Leigh Anne cares about Michael and supports him and makes sure he is okay. This shows that Leigh Anne truly thinks of him as a son. The text also says “There was a new force in Michael Oher’s life: a woman paying extremely close attention to him who had an eye for detail, a nose for detail, and the will of a storm trooper,”(Lewis, page 150). This describes Leigh Anne’s effort she puts in to protect Michael. She makes sure every detail of his life is perfect, and makes sure nothing bad will ever happen to him.

The book The Blind Side is full of love. In the text it says “ ‘When I moved in with Leigh Anne and Sean, I felt loved,’ “(Lewis, page 150). This is important because Michael had never really felt loved by a family he was living with, not even when he was living with his own drug-addicted mother. Saying he felt loved isn’t something Michael took very lightly. The Tuohys must really care about Michael. Another piece of evidence is “ ‘I love him as if I birthed him’ she said,”(Lewis, page 146). This was said by Leigh Anne whenever people asked her about her relationship with Michael. Later in the book she got upset with a dear friend when she accusingly asked her if she really cared for him.

The Blind Side is bursting with support. The text says “Michael and Sean Junior would shut the door to Michael’s room for hours and compete: video games, miniature basketball, and whatever else they could find that leveled the playing field,”(Lewis, page 146). This proves that Michael and the Tuohy’s youngest son, Sean Junior, have created a friendship so strong that Michael would even offer to skip football practice to hang out with Sean Junior. The text also says “ He now called her ‘Mama’,”(Lewis, page 148). Michael doesn’t even call his own mom by any name except Ms. Oher; to call Leigh Anne Mama means that Michael loves Leigh Anne more than his actual mother.

All in all, amazing book, 5 stars. Great book of family and friendship. The Tuohys
welcomed this stranger into their home and it turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of their lives. The Tuohys become Michael’s “left tackle”, protecting him from anything that will blind side him. I recommend this book to anyone who will listen.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than the movie 18 mars 2013
Par PaulaC - Publié sur
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Here's what I like about Michael Lewis - he is able to seamlessly interweave compelling personal stories within a larger context. Before reading this book I'd seen the movie, so I thought I knew what I was in store for: a feel good story about a down and out kid with an extraordinary talent who also happens to find a family in an unexpected place.

And of course this book has all of that - minus a lot of the emotional elements that the film focused on. But what made this book great was that it explained to me (a football idiot) what it was about this boy that made him so sought-after in the football world, and how the evolution of the game of football to it's current incarnation had created a niche into which he was perfectly designed to fit.

What I thought would be a moving story of one man's triumph in overcoming unbelievable adversity became even more than that. The writing was concise, clear, and at times humorous. The big-picture concepts and the technical details of the mechanics of the game were seamlessly interwoven with the personal story to create an incredibly detailed and rich overall mosaic.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommended! 5 mai 2011
Par Dan Shernicoff - Publié sur
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About 2 weeks ago my wife and I watched a great movie - The Blind side - which tells the story (somewhat fictionalized) of Michael Oher. I thought the movie was very good and very interesting and I had noted that it was based on a book. This book. So I went on Amazon and downloaded it to my Kindle. While the movie dealt only with Michael Oher - who (if you don't know) is the left tackle for the Balimore Ravens - the book deals, to some extent, equally with the changes in the NFL that have made the quarterback - and thus the left tackle - so much more important.

The book pretty much alternates chapters which retell Mr. Oher's saga growing up as an underprivileged child in the worst parts of Memphis and getting adopted by a well-to-do family with chapters about the changes that have occured in the way NFL football has been played over the past 30 or so years. There are anecdotes from Bill Parcells and other football notables as well as discussions with the people in Mr. Oher's life.

While being a football fan definitely helps your enjoyment of this book - if you really don't like football at all you might just want to watch the movie which I also highly recommend - it's not totally necessary. Unlike many books centered around sporting events or figures, this one leaves a lot of the jargon at home (probably because the author, Michael Lewis, is not a football person) and tells of the evolution of modern football, including the changes that free agency brought, while at the same time telling a heart-wrenching story about a young man who - in spite of the odds - found love and family and made himself a success.

I've read a lot of books that were turned into movies and they usually disappoint. My general rule is - either the book or the movie. This book - and this movie - are definitely the exceptions to the rule. As I said, if you don't like football at all skip the movie. But, if you like it - even just watching a game on Thanksgiving, or going to cheer for your local high school team once a season - pick up The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. I know you'll enjoy it.
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