I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond
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* You may think that 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, softcover from Gotham.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Gotham Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 1592406386
ISBN-13: 9781592406388

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The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller.

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 to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. 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.

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"The real Michael Oher just might be the first person with more sparkle and good looks than his movie counterpart...the book offers a harrowing first-person account from a child's point of view of the Dickensian conditions many American kids endure." — USA Today

"With the release of his memoir...Oher finally takes ownership, filling the gaps in the familiar narrative and somehow managing to make his journey from the streets to stardom seem even more amazing and compelling...I Beat the Odds is thoughtful and heartfelt, a young man coming to grips with an amazing journey that required the distance of years and perspective to fully grasp." — The Washington Post

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  1. Greg S
    Cherokee, OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    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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