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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
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May 22, 10

bookshelves: grades-9-and-up, non-fiction, sports
Read in May, 2009

Michael Oher, all 300 pounds of him, just got drafted into the National Football League this year, and this book made me care. Lewis uncovered this fascinating teenager, and his story, long before Oher ever realized the potential that others saw in him. Lewis provides massive amounts of detail, but it never gets boring. There’s a lot of emotion here as well, but again, not too much, and definitely not too sweet. In spite of Oher’s dramatic rise from the violent and drug-poisoned slums of Memphis, to star college recruit, this isn’t just a feel-good story. There’s too many questions about how sports can drive societal decisions, and whether Oher really is going to keep succeeding. That’s another reason to love this story – it’s nowhere near over. Oher, for all his potential and talent, only starts making the big money and glory right now: who knows when or where he’ll stop.
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