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Great concept, delivery was not-so-great
on January 24, 2013
The concept of Adam Shepard’s experiment was much more powerful than his account. I felt the basis of the book was strong; I liked the idea. However, I felt his prose, which seemed juvenile fit the experience but was not appropriate for an enjoyable read. Coarse language and rough dialogue made some scenes hard to understand. While the reader does get the feel for the life he was living, I feel it would have been a better stylistic choice to mature the language.
I also feel that eh experiment had a small inherent flaw. Shepard was trying to prove that homelessness could be escaped if one works hard enough. It was evident from the very start that he would be working as hard as possible to accomplish his goal by the end of the allotted one year. However, whether or not he succeeded was irrelevant; the goal was part of his experiment. The other homeless men were not participating in such a scenario; it was a reality to them that probably would end up lasting much more than a year. This reality would be more pressing; it would set a limitation on them that Shepard did not have because he knew he would escape.
Although his book may or may not prove anything about the ability to achieve the escape from homelessness, his motivation was admirable. This book demonstrates the value of hard work and its inspirational undertone renders it a great read for those in need of some incentive to achieve their goals. It does remind the reader that the American Dream is tangible if you believe in yourself and are ready to work hard enough to achieve it.