I Beat the Odds

I Beat the Odds

From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.

Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life.

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 for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. 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. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. 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.



Baker & Taylor
The award-winning NFL athlete made famous by the book and movie, The Blind Side, reflects on the disparity between his youth and his present-day circumstances, sharing first-person perspectives on his inner-city childhood, relationship with his adoptive family and views on role models. Movie tie-in.

Blackwell Publishing
An offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in the award-winning book and movie The Blind Side. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, he has been largely silent about his life leading up to his success---until now. I Beat the Odds is Michael's first account of his own story, revealing his darkest memories, thoughts, and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life.

Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael shares the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories of growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually, he grasped on to football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality.

But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. Forever thankful to his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in his life, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. At times harrowing, but ultimately uplifting, I Beat the Odds is a lesson on what can happen when you have the passion, grit, and determination to live up to your potential.

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& Taylor

The football star made famous in the hit film "The Blind Side" reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his story in his own words.
The NFL athlete made famous by the book and movie "The Blind Side" reflects on the disparity between his youth and his present-day circumstances, sharing perspectives on his inner-city childhood, relationship with his adoptive family, and views on role models.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781592406128
1592406122
Branch Call Number: 796.332 OHE
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Characteristics: 250 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Yaeger, Don

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ElaineA221
Feb 23, 2018

I loved this book! I liked the movie, "The Blind Side," and decided to read this book. It contains so much more information about Michael Oher, than the movie. This was an interesting read without questionable language. I would recommend any sports fan, or someone that just likes to read autobiographies, to give this book a try.

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Aug 15, 2017

Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his own account of his life, sharing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows. He offers his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. 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 for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. 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 ones dreams.
- @Rajo6 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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yycdaisy
Dec 19, 2016

Interesting and inspirational book. Gives the background that wasn't possible in the movie. This would be an excellent book for young people to read, especially if disadvantaged in some way.

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