Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to "The Blind Side" and Beyond
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by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Gotham (February 8, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
"I didn't write this book just to revisit The Blind Side…
I want to help separate fact from fiction. After the movie came out, there
were a lot of people asking me if my life was exactly how it was shown on
Obviously, the moviemakers have to make artistic choices to tell the story…but some of the details… just aren't true. I hope that I can help to make a little more sense of it all.
My second goal with this book, and the much more important one, is that I want to talk about—and to—the nearly 500,000 children in America… in foster care. Many people probably know my name from The Blind Side... What no one knows is exactly what happened to me during my years in the foster care system, the years before The Blind Side picked up my story.
The ending of my story is unique, but the beginning of my story is, sadly, far too common…It is my goal with this book not only to tell my story in my own words, but to encourage anyone who is a part of the system or who wants to be a part of helping children out of it."
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. xiii-xviii)
Book Reviewed by Kam Williams