I think someone more into football than I am would really enjoy this book. I now understand why some pro football players get into trouble so much. They are taken from the hood because of their athletic ability but their upbringing or lack there of does not prepare them for the life they are about to enter.
I read the book after watching the movie and loved both. The movie portrayed the personal side of Michael Oher and though the book did too, the book included many football details that would not have made good theater material. Michael Lewis did an excellent job in the writing of this true story of a loving determined family and one individual who could have seen and experienced a different outcome. Many joyful and tearful moments.
I hope the movie is better than the book! I knew this was a nonfiction novel about football but expected more of a story line, not so many football facts. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy football (cowboyfan) and do read football books but this book had so much in the way of facts that you had to fight to find the story.
I enjoyed the book; however, I guess going in I thought it would center more on the life of Michael Oher. It covers a good deal of the history of football and more importantly, the evolvement of the left tackle position that Michael plays. Good read even for those who don't drill down to the fine details of a football game or it's intricate positions and strategies. Definitely a tribute to perservence and faith in others!
Great book, helps to like/understand football but also not neccessary. As a football fan I found the chapters that discuss football and the evolution of the left tackle position just as fasanating as the personal story. Would recommend.