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Publisher Description

The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller.
Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
February 8
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Gardenrn ,

Review of the book

I purchased the book because I loved the movie "Blind Side". This was an eye opener and appreciated his openness about his trials and love the way Michael maintains his integrity throughout his story. Sound advice to all. Michael has a lot to mad about, but am I left to assume that God had something to do with this, but not much was said about this? He doesn't come out and admit it, but clearly his mother was very abusive and this behavior should not be defended or accepted in any way and I still think that it is better for young children to be taken from this, because of the scars and pain it creates in their lives and marriages,unless God enters the picture. It is just to painful. It is awful the way she treated these beautiful kids and breaks my heart. I also understand the child's heart in wanting to stay with their mom.. This book has made me think more about wanting to help these kids. Not sure how yet, kids from these homes are street smart and i don't want to be lied to. Nor do I want to be in a situation where they take, take, take. Michael you are one of a kind, may you continue to touch the lives of those you reach out to, clearly you have a heart of compassion, which could of been crushed. may you also be blessed with an extra measure of wisdom, that you will always know who you can trust and love without conditions. Thanks to your educators and adopted family. It's really unfortunate, but financial support does influence the decisions we make and can put us in the right place at the right time.

KmacJR.17 ,

Great book!

Great book, definitely worth reading!
Congrats to Michael on his deserved Success

Diablo408 ,

Beat the odd

First able I'm sorry for crying most of the book.., your story is touching but also the most honest toll story. I have read, and I am so happy for you to be a normal gamble young man... Thank you for sharing your family with us. Thank you for your mom(birth mother) some how in her mind she will find peace.., thank you for all the wonderful time I had reading your story.. May God always bless you and thank you for beating the ODDS ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ besotes