I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond Audio CD – Unabridged, February 10, 2011
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About the Author
- ISBN-10 : 0142428868
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142428863
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Publisher : Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (February 10, 2011)
- Dimensions : 5.26 x 0.83 x 5.84 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,095,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is Michael's life and he tells the whole story of how he was raised, moving from one foster care family to another and changing schools with every move. Oher tells of how he tried to stay with his eleven brothers and sisters and how they were split up by the system. He tells of his own determination to make a better life for himself and of all the people who helped him along the way. And he tells of how the Touhy family became his family.
This is truly a great story and Michael Oher deserved a chance to tell it from his point of view. He's not the object of this story; he is the story. Great read.
I loved learning about Oher's irritation at certain parts of The Blind Side film's depiction of him. I loved hearing the confidence and awareness in his self-evaluation. He has a remarkably observant estimation of his own gifts and shortcomings that I found inspiring. Some of the reviews I consulted before buying this book said they felt Oher's tone was unappreciative, dismissive, or even snobby. I didn't sense that in any part of the book; in fact, he spends a great deal of time talking about everyone in his life--other children, select teachers, neighbors, social workers, and coaches--who showed him a kindness. He leaves out no one. He stresses the importance of not just the Tuohy family, but each of the others who helped him, fed him, sheltered him, or taught him. How anyone got ingratitude from this book is beyond me. This is a man who knows where he came from, knows what his mistakes were, and knows how hard he worked personally to gain what he's now received. He shows gratitude, but does not spend half the book gushing about how he'd be nothing without this or that person because the simple truth is: there was no way Michael Oher was ever going to allow himself to be "nothing."
You get honest truth in this book about what it felt like to be Michael Oher as a child, how he views the people who formed his childhood now that he's grown up, and what he thinks people who come from a similar background should focus on to achieve their potential. At the end of the book, Mr. Oher talks about the charities he is familiar with himself and offers a long list of ideas about how individuals can make a difference for children in distress. It was wonderful getting to hear the voice of the real Michael Oher, and I highly recommend this for a nice weekend read.
I loved every paragraph of this book, and I couldn't put it down. Well done, Mr. Oher. Very well done, indeed.
I really appreciated that Michael included his thoughts on how the foster system worked (or didn't) for him, as well his thoughts on how it might have helped him more (suggestions of what the kids are thinking/feeling, things that could have been explained at the time to help with the scariness of it all). I also appreciated his acknowledgement of those people working in the system who did help his family, comparing his understanding of their actions from a child's point of view versus those of an adult.
I know Michael continues to work with different organizations and including a list of some of those, along with a description of their focus, for people who want to get involved personally was a great way to reach people with that information.
Top reviews from other countries
It showed Michael’s real struggles until he met his adopted family.
Also, it tells the reader how his mother and all his siblings were still apart of his life which the film
Most of all it is a very inspiring against the odds story.