- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Granddaddy's Secrets (July 7, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098623981X
- ISBN-13: 978-0986239816
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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- #5827 in Children's Self-Esteem Books
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A Sprint to the Top: How to Win the Game of Life Paperback – July 7, 2018
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A Sprint to the Top follows Dakota in his journeys a year after having a deep and life-changing heart-to-heart conversation with his Grandaddy. Dakota faces ongoing intense struggles, to say the least: the death of his brother, a struggling relationship with his abusive and alcoholic father, and many other issues teens are faced with. Despite all of these challenges, he manages to stay focused on school, become successful in football and wrestling, and maintain a wonderful relationship with his girlfriend Jenn. I especially loved the detailed and exciting descriptions of Dakota’s wrestling matches as he attempts to become an All-American.
A big congratulations to award-winning author Dan Blanchard for continuing his writing journey and making a big difference in this world.
Many of the nuggets of advice contained in the book are truly excellent! But the author permitted the narrator to spend far too much time thinking. A cardinal rule of good writing is to limit the time any character spends alone (or, in this case, ruminating on things in his head), as it becomes tedious for the reader. Much of the narrator’s persistent internal monologue could have been covered more briefly, instead of being rehashed multiple times.
The tension during the wrestling competition was excellent; I could feel a knot forming in my gut when the narrator was involved in or awaiting a match; but the description of various wrestling maneuvers lost me, especially when the narrator went into great detail of each one. If the intended audience is high-school wrestlers, it's perfectly appropriate; but as a non-wrestler, it became confusing overkill. Also, the narrator’s use of phrases like “flying the not so friendly skies” felt contrived, because a 17-year-old today should have no real concept of an advertising slogan dating back to 1965, whose use was discontinued five years before his birth.
The most satisfying chapter from an emotional standpoint was the last one, in which the narrator reaches some tough conclusions in a genuinely believable way. Still, the author left far too much unexplained, forcing the reader yet again to swallow a premise that was largely implausible to begin with.
Finally, as a professional editor, I found the multiple proofreading errors – misspelled/misused words, omitted commas, apostrophes where they didn’t need to be – distracting.
Read A Sprint to the Top and get inspired to live your best life yet!
Dan has written yet another book of dedication and advocacy for youth.
This book captures the late Coach Jim Day’s ethics: “Don’t be ordinary extraordinary “!