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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
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Jan 02, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011
Read from December 22, 2010 to January 02, 2011

I like football, and this book is all about football. The basic idea--left tackles have become more valued than other positions because most quarterbacks are right handed--is researched and presented throughout the story at hand, which is the adoption of Michael Oher into a rich white family and his development into an outstanding football player.

A couple of stylistic elements keep it from being better than it is. This sort of thing: "One day, Michael lost his balance on a ladder. It looked like he was going to break his wrist and ruin his football career..." Lewis's uneven incorporation of anecdotes and quotations always makes me think he's collected hundreds of quotes and needs to fit them in somewhere. Then he'll return to the odd cliffhanger, like, "Luckily, Michael landed on the grass and he didn't break his wrist. That's Michael Oher for you." All in all, it's a recommendable story about a kid whose natural abilities were so exceptional that they made up for all of the strikes against him.

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