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Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph

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In this heartfelt testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit, Travis Roy, who suffered a devastating injury eleven seconds into his first college hockey game, reveals how he has managed to cope after the accident and, with the help of family and friends, overcome tremendous barriers to begin a new life.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Warner Books, Inc.
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Nov 11, 2010 Michaela rated it it was amazing
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Drew Gagnon
Over my summer vacation, I read the book, "Eleven Seconds", by Travis Roy. I very much enjoyed reading this non fiction book for many reasons. One of the reasons that I liked this book is because it is about my favorite sport, hockey. The main reason why I liked "Eleven Seconds" is because throughout the book, Travis Roy never gave up and he gave everything his hardest. Even after Roys injury, he never stopped enjoying the game of hockey, nor did he stop making other people happy. The next reas ...more
Everett M
Nov 26, 2013 Everett M rated it liked it
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is about a middle age boy who is living all of his dreams. Travis is playing hockey at a division 1 school, dating the girl of his dreams, and is part of a family that cant get any closer. Unfortunately, all that changes when in the first 11 seconds of his college hockey career, he breaks his neck. This was the first book that I have ever read that literally gave me goosebumps! This book was so much more than an entertaining read to pass time. This book put my life i ...more
Rachel Barr
Oct 29, 2012 Rachel Barr rated it it was amazing
Imagine working your butt off everyday for your whole life, giving it 100 percent, and right when the moment matters the most, you mess up. This is what Travis Roy experienced in his championship hockey game. One bad move, and he is paralyzed for the rest of his life. This book was written in first person, because Travis Roy wrote it himself. He defiantly makes himself sound real in the book, because this is no fairytale. When he is in the wheelchairs, people would stereotype him, and think he i ...more
Andrew Tache
Oct 21, 2014 Andrew Tache rated it liked it
In this book it tells the story of a boy who for his whole life has lived at the rink and dreamed about playing in the NHL. This book was very interesting from start to finish and is a must read for anyone who plays, watches or just loves the game of hockey.
Dec 22, 2015 Cecilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Some memoirs are powerfully written, and the power of the writing itself does not have to be separated from the significance of the story. Some memoirs tell a significant story, but the writing itself is not at particularly high level. This book is one of the latter category.

Bryce Halsey
Jan 09, 2017 Bryce Halsey rated it really liked it
Having grown up loving hockey since day one, Travis Roy will definitely be remembered as a hockey player and an inspirational person. Travis Roy’s 2008 nonfiction book, Eleven Seconds, has him experiencing difficulties that are life changing after 20 years and 11 seconds. Doctors tell him he might not live to do the things he has done before ever again. To demonstrate this struggle, Roy incorporates major character development, vocabulary, and minor character development. Thus, the book teaches ...more
Nov 07, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any sports fan or person who likes stories about overcoming problems.
Recommended to Mike by: my father
Eleven Seconds A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph by Travis Roy
Anybody who knows me knows that I love ice hockey. My father has a friend from work whose son met Travis Roy, the person who wrote Eleven Seconds. After my dad told me a little bit about what happened to him, I decided to read the book.

Eleven Seconds is about Travis Roy, a guy like me who loves hockey. His father ran the local ice rink and coached Travis when he was little. His dream was to play hockey for Boston University. There were many times when Travis doubted whether he would achieve his
Kevin Reddington
Jan 02, 2017 Kevin Reddington rated it it was amazing
In Travis's Roy 11 seconds with story of tragedy becomes a triumph into a hope. A New Englander born and raised in Maine he has always been a great hockey player all through his life. Travis has always had a dream to go and play Division I hockey. He has always been committed ever since he was in grade school. Through his hockey career Travis has always played on the best high school team like Tabor Academy. During his high school he always knew that his dream would come true and get a full scho ...more
Anna Cherubin
Apr 20, 2013 Anna Cherubin rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy. This memoir was a non-fiction young adult book. The book is about Boston University freshman Travis Roy and his passion and love for hockey. It’s his first game of the season and he’s starting, but only 11 seconds in while diving for the puck, he gets slammed into the wall and from then on he is a quadriplegic.
This book goes between when he was just a little kid, growing up in Maine, watching his dad coach hockey at the local ice rink. He grew up
Nov 07, 2016 Aafje rated it it was amazing
What an incredible life testimony! Even if you are not big into sports this is a fantastic read! Travis Roy's tragic story will actually encourage you and make you stop and think. My husband and I both read this book and it made us think more about how we approach those who have gone through tragedies and devastating accidents. I very much admire this man.
C.J. O'B
Sep 26, 2016 C.J. O'B rated it really liked it
This book really got to me. I could never even imagine playing hockey my whole life, and then having it all end just eleven seconds into the first shift into my Division 1 college career. Unfortunately, this happened to the great Travis Roy, due to a tragic accident that paralyzed him for life. Even though this book got very sad, it still tells a lesson that even when you get knocked down, you have to get right back up, which Travis has definitely done with his life ever since. I recommend this ...more
Matthew Athearn
Dec 04, 2014 Matthew Athearn rated it it was amazing
Within eleven seconds of Travis Roy's first game as a Division 1 hockey player for Boston University, he has one small mishap that turns his world around in a manner he never expected it to. Travis Roy and E.M. Swift really bring the sensitive side out in someone witht his book. With how emotional everyone is in the book, Roy and Swift make you emtionally feel how those characters did at the time. The amount of detail put into this book is outstanding. You can almost feel yourself in Brown Arean ...more
Eric Diemer
Dec 18, 2012 Eric Diemer rated it really liked it
I read the book Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy and I thought the book was a great choice for me to read. I was able to read the book well and follow it because it involved one of my favorite sports while making me think that this injury could happen to anybody who were to play the game. This book is a description of his life after becoming a quadriplegic. It is hard to imagine that all the hard work he has put toward the game he loved could end his dreams as fast as eleven seconds.

I liked how i wa
William Preshong
Sep 11, 2016 William Preshong rated it really liked it
11 seconds by Travis Roy is an autobiography about his devastating life changing injury that affected not only him but his family and friends too. Roy was 20 years old entering his first hockey game as a freshman at Boston University when a crash into the boards broke his neck only 11 seconds into his first shift. Travis grew up as a son of a hockey coach in Maine where his love for the game began. His dreams of being on US Olympic hockey team in the National Hockey League lived strong but ended ...more
Ryan Paton
Apr 18, 2013 Ryan Paton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy with E.M. Swift. It is a young adult book about Travis Roy. Eleven Seconds into his first division 1 college hockey game with BU Travis was paralyzed. The book is mostly about his life in the year after the accident.
The accident happened in October of 1995. The book takes place in New England and Atlanta, Georgia and ends in April of 1997. Travis was 20 when the accident happened and he was always thankful for everything and took everything as a learning expe
Kaitlin Furey
Jun 08, 2015 Kaitlin Furey rated it it was amazing
Eleven Seconds was one of my favorite books. The book was about Travis Roy, a hockey player from BU who had a very traumatic and unfortunate thing happen to him. In the first game of the season at Boston University the eleven seconds he was on the ice he got hit very badly and was later announced as a quadralpagic. From that point on Travis's life changed significantly. He could not dress himself, bathe himself make food or even exercise. Not only was Travis affected by his accident but his fami ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Jack added it
The Book Eleven Seconds is such a amazing book. The book is all about Travis Roy a former Boston College hockey player. On October 1995, as Travis roy stepped on the ice for a great game vs North Dakota, so he thought… Eleven seconds into the first shirt in the first period Travis Roy slid head first into the boards because of the impact of his forward progression into the boards Roy cracked his fourth and fifth vertebrae in his neck, he was paralyzed. The book Eleven Seconds tells the whole st ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Taylor rated it liked it
I thought this book was alright. The story was very moving, but I didn't enjoy the way the book was written. The structure of it seemed very amateur, but that doesn't really matter because Travis was a hockey player, not an author. However I thought he portrayed the story of his life well enough for people to understand what happened to him, and how other people suffering with quadriplegic injuries can be helped...

At the boarding school I attend, my grade chose to support Travis Roy and The Tra
Kasey Harris
Sep 22, 2013 Kasey Harris rated it it was amazing
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy
Published- January 1998
Genre- Biography
Setting- Boston University
Character- Travis Roy
Major Theme- Don't give up
Synopsis- Travis Roy was a star in the game of hockey. He had gotten his shot at Boston University to play hockey. This was his dream and it had become a reality. In no more than eleven seconds, his first shift of his first college hockey game, his dream would be crushed. He had gone head first into the boards and cracked his fourth vertebrae leaving him par
Mat Anderson
Mar 23, 2014 Mat Anderson rated it really liked it
The book Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is a very touching story about a star hockey player from Maine. Travis grew up around hockey,and loved it. He was a star freshman on the varsity team at NYA in Yarmouth. He knew he needed to play against better competition. The next year he went to Tabor academy. He met a girl named Maiji, and they eventually would have a serious relationship. Travis played college hockey at BU. Thats where his life changed. In the first eleven seconds of his first career ga ...more
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
On October 20, 1995 just eleven seconds into his first Boston University hockey game Travis Roy went head first into the boards after another player avoided his check. The impact with the boards resulted in Roy cracking his fourth vertebra and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. In this book Travis talks honestly and openly about his love of hockey and how much his spinal cord injury has impacted his life and the lives of those around him including his father, a hockey coach and rink manag ...more
Rebecca Smalley
Aug 14, 2014 Rebecca Smalley rated it it was amazing
Eleven Seconds is about Travis Roy, a young hockey player whose life changed in the matter of 11 seconds. Travis has been playing hockey his whole life and had big dreams. One of them was playing Division 1 Hockey his first year in college. Travis made that dream come true, but for only 11 seconds. At his first game Travis hit one of the other players but reflected off of him and hit the boards, breaking his fourth cervical vertabra. He became paralyzed below his shoulders. Travis' parents, his ...more
Jennifer Murray
Sep 03, 2016 Jennifer Murray rated it it was amazing
One of the most inspiring books that you will ever read. I first read this book eight years ago when I met Travis Roy at a speaking engagement and he gave me a copy of it. It is a poignant reminder of how much more powerful the human spirit is over any adversity that we face in life. Travis and I have traveled very similar paths both suffering disabilities in our freshman year of college, a year a part, and both sharing the same philosophies in that eventually we find a way that makes all things ...more
Amanda Giannasca
Sep 18, 2014 Amanda Giannasca rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read Eleven Seconds because I am a Hockey fan, I am very interested in Hockey and it is something that I would be interested in reading and focused on it. The title of my book is Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy. The genre of this book is Biography. I would recommend this book to any Hockey fan or anyone that would like to learn why people say "Don't take anything for granted" or "Be thankful for what you have" because this book really teaches you how blessed you are and some people don ...more
Tyler Sherwin
Mar 10, 2014 Tyler Sherwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is his story about dealing with paralysis. This happened during his first BU hockey game within 11 seconds of him being on the ice. Throughout the story he talks about the new challenges he was and still is going through. “I feel lucky” Travis said. Although he can no longer do most of the things he loves, he learned to love new things and has gotten a lot closer with friends and family since the accident. During the story Travis mentions some things people take for ...more
Alex Caron
Sep 08, 2015 Alex Caron rated it it was amazing
11 sconds by Travis Roy is about a young boy growing up in Maine and dreams of playing hockey. Travis went to north Yarmouth academy and Boston university for their division 1 hockey teams. When Travis was a little boy his father Lee coached him. One day Travis's dream came true, he played in his first college hockey game. When it was his first shift, 11 seconds in to it he got a devastating injury that could cause his hockey dreams to stop short. When he was in the hospital his girlfriend was a ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Ariana rated it it was amazing
I am currently on page 50 and so far in the book Eleven Seconds it has talked about an amazing hockey player with lots of potential not only for hockey, but for many other things such as soccer and art. I have ended up in the book where he is in the hospital after his accident during his first BU game. This book is a page turner because he not only expresses what happened to him in great detail but with great emotion, this keeps the reader glued to hearing more about it amazing story full of bra ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of the best books I have ever read! Patrick's spirit throughout the book is inspirational. I learned a lot as I read this book, especially how we take the little things in life for granted. After his accident, Patrick truly appreciates many of the smaller things in life. The quality of the writing was amazing, which really got me hooked to reading it. I also enjoyed the writing style. Travis made me feel like I was with him every step of his journey, from the accident, all the way t ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Ernie rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. it has a lesson within its pages. Sometimes after tragedy we learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. This was a very moving book that led me to re-examine what I consider to be important in my life. It also teaches that we should appreciate the gifts and talents each of us are graced with, what makes us who we are. All of these can change in an instant. It is when we are faced with life altering events, that we can truly come to understand what we are made of. We ask: ...more
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