I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond  -     By: Michael Oher, Don Yeager
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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2011 / Hardcover

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You may think you know Michael Oher from The Blind Side. But here he tells his own story! Reflecting on his journey from homeless child to NFL star, Oher talks about the goals he set for himself and the necessity of positive role models and friends to help you achieve your dreams. 256 pages, hardcover from Gotham.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 9592406122
ISBN-13: 9781592406128
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Publisher's Description

The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.

Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life.

Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams.

Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.

Author Bio

Michael Oher is an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi for the Ole Miss Rebels. He is best known as the subject of Michael Lewis’s 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and the even more popular 2009 film The Blind Side, in which Michael is portrayed by Quinton Aaron.

Editorial Reviews

"I'd understand if some people out there felt like another re-telling of the Oher story was flogging a dead horse, but personally, I feel like there's a need for Oher's own opus."
-Yahoo Sports

"In a development I actually think is really great, Michael Oher will be publishing his own memoir now that his parents' story, The Blind Side, has been so thoroughly covered. It's long been my position that some of the uncomfortable things about the way that story gets covered are the simple result of the fact that he hasn't chosen to talk very much -- as this article points out, he contributed little in the way of interviews to either the book or the movie -- and I'll be happy to hear what the guy's got to say."
-Linda Holmes, NPR blogger.

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  1. Greg S
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I would recommend this book to everyone.
    June 13, 2011
    Greg S
    Cherokee, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book that tells the whole story about Michael Oher's life growing up in tough parts of Memphis in and out of foster care, and how he overcame the incredible difficulties/challenges to rise academically and athletically in his life. Oher does a great job of bringing awareness to the needs that so many kids have who are in disfunctional family backgrounds and how we can help. You just might find yourself motivated to accomplish something amazing in your own life by reading Oher's story of determination. A great read that's going to change some people's lives.
  2. Marcia Pennington
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book
    March 13, 2011
    Marcia Pennington
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was totally different from the one the Toucys wrote, Michael did an excellent job, of letting us know what his life was really like. He also mentioned how the movie had to take literary license to make the movie better, but wasn't totally true. Way to go Michael!
  3. cashba
    Atlanta IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good book. It was hard to put down.
    March 3, 2011
    cashba
    Atlanta IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you liked the Blind Side, you will love this book. It help fill in the blanks from the movie.
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