Nov 11, 10
Read in November, 2010
** spoiler alert **
Out of all the books that I have read in a long time, this book would have to be one of my favorites. There was nothing that was boring about the book, and I was interested the whole entire time. The book starts out with Travis Roy talking about how his life was before the accident. How he was a promising athlete who was going to Boston University for hockey. He was a student-athlete from Maine, who was heading in the direction of becoming a starting hockey player. This was his dream which was ended in 11 seconds. He slammed his head into the boards after catching an edge, and was paralyzed from the neck down. Travis explains his perseverance through this tough time in this wonderful and uplifting book.
Not many people would be able to turn something this bad into something good, and I admire that greatly. I was so inspired that he didn’t let the injury hold him back and destroy his life. Instead he did the total opposite and started a charity for people with injuries like his. The fact that he is now able to move his arm and talk normally again shows that he was not going to let this take over his life. Most people would take this as something that was put upon them to make them suffer. Not Travis. The injury obviously did make him mad and sad because he wasn’t able to fulfill his life long dream, but he turned it into something positive. Whenever I am faced with a struggle, even though it wont come as close to his, that I will remember what he did and I will push through to overcome that struggle. Travis Roy is a role model to not only me, but also millions other people out there because of his willingness to never let something as terrifying as a paralyzing neck injury to ruin his life.