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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
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"The Blind Side" is based on the remarkable true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive left tackle Michael Oher . Michael grew up in the inner city housing projects with his mother in Memphis, Tennessee aptly named "Hurt Village". Michael's story begins with him being homeless and coming from a broken home with a drug-addicted mother, and an absentee father. Because of his family circumstances, Family Services took control of his life as he was growing up. Unfortunately, he was being bounced around in and out of foster homes, and now as a teenager he has taken it upon himself that he would rather be homeless. By a stroke of luck, and the coach's wish for a player the size of Michael, he ends up enrolling in a private Christian school where the Tuohy kids go. Michael is a quiet person. He is shown to have a kind of childish personality, because he tries to play with kindergarten children who reject or ignore him. Michael is befriended by S.J. Tuohy, the youngest Tuohy whose connection to Michael starts the ball rolling.One icy winter night, as Michael is walking down the road to the school gym, where he is sleeping, Leigh Anne Tuohy with her husband Sean and children Jae and Collins pick Michael up and take him home for the night. However, he stays for the next night, which puzzles Sean, although the children accept Michael matter-of-factly. Soon, Leigh Anne offers him a room and bed. As she starts making him greater and greater favours, he comes to research through Michael's exams, and the only positive feedback that teachers could ever say about him is that he had big protective instincts. Leigh Anne will use that to explain him how to play in the field. Up to that moment, he wasn't able to get the hang of the game and its rules, and he wasn't able to understand what his role in the field was.From that moment, Michael starts to play well and be useful to his team. At the traditional Christmas card photograph of that year, Leigh Anne invites him to appear on the photo. Leigh Anne's friends Beth, Elaine, and Sherry meet regularly at a local expensive restaurant. The friends laugh about Leigh Anne's "project in the projects", but she cuts it off, saying that if they don't respect what she does, she will stop seeing them.An opportunity arises for Michael to play at university level. However, he needs his grades to improve, so the Tuohys hire a private tuition teacher, outspoken and kind Miss Sue, who will immediately succeed. During their Geography lesson, she makes a senseless remark about a university burying the bodies of dead people in their game field, which Michael seems to believe blindly.There comes a moment when Leigh Anne wants to have a face-to-face conversation with Michael's mother. Although she seems unresponsive in the beginning, the mother finally wishes Michael the best. She says that social services had branded Michael "a runner", and she forecasts that Leigh Anne will find one day that he has run away for good without giving any previous notice. Leigh Anne also faces some guys from the projects which had threatened Michael. They are left speechless when she threatens them and is not afraid of them at all.Three universities want Michael. S.J. talks to the coaches, and leads the negotiations on Michael's behalf. When Michael gets his grades high enough, he must make a decision, and he does. He chooses the university where Sean had played for, and where Leigh Anne was a cheerleader. That causes Investigator Granger (Sharon Morris) to move onto the matter before Michael arrives there. She questions him as though they were holding interrogatory preceding at a police station. She thinks that the Tuohys and Miss Sue are using Michael to benefit that particular university. After thinking and questioning Leigh Ann on the matter, Michael realizes that the Tuohys are now his family, and tells Granger that that's the reason for him to choose that university. The age for "The Blind Side" is primary because the story of Michael Oher lets kids relate to him in a way when reading it, like when a teenager goes out for a team, and get shuts down and cut, Michael's story shows that if you keep your head up and keep training, you will make the team because the coach will see all your hard work and dedication and keep you in the team. There are no artistic elements in the story, the only artistic elements are that the screen shots from the movie show lots of bright colors and many different races such as black and white, and them interacting and acting as one. I would recommend this biography because if you are a fan of the Baltimore Ravens or you like reading about heart filled stories with the main character Michael never giving then this book would be for you. Also I would recommend this book because this book teaches that kids that even if you were raised and born in the projects or ghetto that if you keep perusing your dream to become better and get out of the projects, then one day that dream will come true because you have trained and trained until you were the best and get drafted to a team.
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