Book Reviews

I Beat the Odds

by Luke D., Age 14 , Grade 8, Holy Trinity, Louisville , KENTUCKY USA
Teacher: Mrs. reinhart

Have you ever thought what it would be like to grow up in the Memphis projects and have no food, have to sleep in other peoples homes, and try to work to get to the NFL?  Well this is how Michael Oher felt. The title of this book is I Beat the Odds.  It is by Michael Oher it is an autobiography.  Michael Oher was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He had 8 siblings.  He bounced around foster care homes. He attended Ole Miss university and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.  The Novel has had success selling. The reason why I chose this book is because I enjoy football.


    Michael Oher was born in Memphis, Tennessee.  He had 8 other siblings. His mother would lock her kids out of the house for a couple a days at a time when she was going somewhere so Michael had to sleep at his friends houses.  Michael and his brothers got put into foster care. Michael hated it. Child protective services would observe Michael and they thought that he had anger issues because when he would play with his family he would have is hand in a fist and just watch.  But really he was just taking it all in before his family was separated again. They put him at st Joseph’s were they would examine him. One night he realized that one of the doors to get out was unlocked. So he opened and just left. He ran back to his mother's house.  He stayed with big tony and Steve for his freshman year at briarcrest high school. Soon after he found the Tuohys. He stayed with them for a few nights a week. Soon the Tuohys adopted him and they became his legal family. He started to get scholarship offers from good schools to play football.  He attended Ole Miss university. He played football there all 4 years. He was selected in the 1st round to the Baltimore Ravens.


    The main Character in the story I Beat the Odds is Michael Oher.  One of his traits is quiet.  He’s always quiet in this story.  It shows that when he gets to hang out with his family.  Another trait of his is that he is always determined. He was determined to make it out of where he’s from.  He was determined to go to college. And he was determined to go to the NFL. Michael overcomes poverty throughout the story, it affected his whole life.   When he was in middle school he never wanted to go to class. He would always skip it. That soon changed when he got to high school. He always wanted to go to class so that he could go to college.


    I can make a connection from Michael Oher to Michael Lewis.  Michael Lewis was a football star in high school. But he had a kid so he had to support his family so he got a job driving a Budweiser truck.  One day he was told that the eagles were having a try out so he went. He didn’t end up making the team but got called by the saints. He made their team and ended up making 3 pro bowls and was their best return man.  I can relate Michael Oher and Michael Lewis to each other because they both came out of crushing poverty and played for the NFL.


    I recommend this book to anyone who likes football or anyone else.  I don’t think you have to like football to enjoy this book.

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