I can’t believe he makes nonfiction so entertaining and engaging.
Several times I didn’t want to stop reading. Several times I was laughing out loud. Part of his talent is “finding” a good subject to write about. I can see why they made this into a movie. Although I was disappointed that the movie had a scene that was not in the book. But that’s a minor point and relates to the movie, not the book. The story of Michael Oher is such a feel good story. However, the end of the book is sad when showing the details about his early childhood.
The book was published five years ago. I wish there was something bringing us up to date with what happened to Michael since then. When I finished the book I found myself online doing searches to learn more about what happened to him.
I am not a sports fan and don’t watch football, but I really enjoyed this book. Actually I am now a little more interested in the sport. When I saw a football game on TV recently, my first question was who is playing left tackle, and I wanted to watch him.
The book starts out with some history about the passing game and Lawrence Taylor’s skill at sacking quarterbacks. That created the need for a left tackle to protect the quarterback’s blind side. The first player who could stop Lawrence was a guy who wrestled steers on a cattle ranch. He was big yet light-footed fast. Most of this book is the story about Michael Oher. He was homeless for most of his childhood, but through a stroke of luck ended up at a private Christian high school. Within two years, Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy invited him to live with them. He needed a full time tutor to survive class work which they provided. They later adopted him. Michael had the perfect body and skills for the left tackle position. Some additional history about high school, college, and pro football is provided during and after the Michael story.
NARRATOR: Stephen Hoye was excellent.
GENRE: football nonfiction.