She was always leaving to get drugs though. When Michael was 17, he was adopted by Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy. From sharing the stories of those touched to touching on the specific organizations and prescribed routes that can help, Oher doesn't just paint a picture of his life, he also illustrates the ways one can improve, be the best they can be and therefore beat the odds too. For many children, school offers opportunities otherwise not available to them in their lives. And while it's always hard to judge as a reader triangulating between different versions of the story, this book rings as true and honest and forthright as a bell in places where I think Lewis was reaching for dramatic tension. On Michaels way home he gets stopped by Sj's parents and they ask him if he wants to spend the night at their house. I thought that was crazy when I first read it, but then I realized that he was moving from neighborhood to neighborhood, from school district to school district.
Michael eventually went off to the University of Mississippi, just like his parents, Lee Anne and Sean Touhey. Oher encountered, including foster care, running away, childhood neglect, parental drug use, etc. For I Beat the Odds, Oher went back to where he grew up, met with his child welfare case worker, and reconstructed pieces of his life he'd forgotten or suppressed, none of which Lewis had access to. He also performed poorly as a student, repeating first grade and second grade and attending 11 different schools during his first nine years as a student. A good football player he was but he was a great right tackle. Oher tells his life as it was, and as it is. I had come here as part of my work to write this book and I had an appointment to meet, for the first time in my adult life, the woman who spent years as the state's caseworker on my file.
And most of their lives do not turn out very well. He provides a good look at what it is like living in the ghetto, in poverty, in the foster system, with little resources and hope to get out - basically what it is like for children and adults living that way today. I Beat The Odds has less football in it than The Blind Side, but it has so much more information on the difficult situations that so many children face. Sean first found out about Michael when his daughter, Collins, told him about the new kid in her class. This book is a true story about a teenager that went from nothing to the being a professional football player all because of one person. Anyone who has read The Blind Side or watched the film should also read this book.
He tells us what he went through as an infant all the way until adulthood. Michael kept getting taken into foster care, but would escape and return home. One day during practice Michael wanted to quit because of the coach not helping him. It's a fast, easy read and one I can wholeheartedly recommend, especially to those already familiar with his story. This omission is not exactly Lewis's fault. That's a lot of writing, acting, and story-telling about Oher. And now I was headed inside.
It might seem intimidating at first to try to figure out how, where, and who to help. Sean first saw Michael when he went to a basketball practice. I did, and I think that's what made the difference. Neither of his parents supported him growing up. That same year, the author Michael Lewis released a book titled The Blind Side, which detailed Michael Oher's life from foster child to college football star. The book by no means dwells on any of those things, but reading about his experiences may raise some questions.
I had needed to forget a lot of stuff in order to not get swallowed up by the hurt and sadness. Therefore, Big Tony worked hard to get both boys in a good Christian school. Michael had a hard time with this but the tutor helped him through the way. My reflection of the book that Michael Oher wrote was very inspiring to me because he came from nothing and showed us that people in the ghetto can actually make something of themselves. All in all, I, personally, liked this book. 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.
Now he is playing for the Indianapolis Colts and getting payed millions with his foster parents right by his side. Oher talks about the charities he is familiar with himself and offers a long list of ideas about how individuals can make a difference for children in distress. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. I want to offer advice and encouragement to both the adults who want to be part of a solution and to the kids who might pick up this book and believe there is no way out for them. I loved ; adoption and are two of my favorite topics. In my case, it seemed like just about everyone in my life who was suppose to take care of me had failed me.
They turn eighteen and suddenly they are on their own, whether they have graduated high school or have a place to live or not. He realized at a young age that he had a talent for sports and that sports could be a ticket to college and a future. Every week I receive boxes of letters that tell my story all over again. Michael at times struggled with school and needed a tutor to help him. The path from one extreme to another is a hard-worked and inspiring journey of family and education, and like students of Ole Miss or members of Mike's family, it's something we can all be incredibly proud of beyond the words.
First off, this is not a book I would have picked to read myself if I had the choice. They also were more likely to have behavior issues and were often not as developed due to neglect. What separated this book from the rest is its realness. Mostly, though, I was genuinely excited about figuring out what lessons I could share about making a better life as a kid with a past like mine. I didn't write this book just to revisit Michael Lewis's The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and it is not meant to be a repeat of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy's book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving which was released while I was working on this one.
Kids who were in the same place I was just a few years ago were watching me not just because they liked the movie or enjoy watching sports. Michael Oher truly exemplifies what it means to be a decent, hardworking American. Any kid who has been in the custody of the state has a right to their information once they become an adult. You are a true inspiration to all. That was a hungry week. Oher quietly puts this idea to rest by describing how intensely he studied both sports.