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Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
With an undefeated 100 boxing record, Laila Ali can definitely hold her own in the ring. She has received a firestorm of media coverage, and her recent bout with Jacqui Frazier was the most highly publicized female boxing fight ever. Now, she offers her formula for physical, emotional, and mental power in a motivational memoir that delivers 15 rounds of straight-talking, h ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Hyperion (first published June 2002)
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Sara Watson
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sara by: Andrea Thompson
This book was a lot more interesting then I thought it was going to be. I had no idea about the struggles of Laila Ali. I envy her for her confidence and her boxing career. I love how real she is in this book. I expected a little more dishonesty in order to protect her fathers name. There are good lessons to be learned from her especially for young women.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
a good summer read for teenage young ladies....
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
Have to say, didn't really care for this book. I'd be interested to read it if it were written by Ms. Ali now, as opposed to when she was only 23. I was disappointed that the vast majority of the book focused on her childhood. As a pioneer in women's boxing, I was hoping there would be more coverage and emphasis on her training, career, etc. I mean, of course, people would expect her to at the very least touch on her childhood, given her lineage, but more than half the book covers a period of ti ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boxing
There's nothing inspirational in this book--Ali defensively goes through her rough childhood and teen years for most of the pages, then rushes through her boxing career to end her story in 2002. The updated version adds three pages that summarize 2002 to 2017. So the book is incredibly incomplete and despite what the title claims, there is little strength to be found here. Ali comes across as a thug, a bully, and a woman who thinks she has incredibly good looks which others should appreciate. Sh ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I've never been a boxing fan, but when a 9th grade non-reader said she liked boxing, I looked around for something appropriate.
This was a pretty good read. Laila Ali is the daughter of Muhammed Ali, so of course there were multiple layers of interest. She describes her journey through life, her goals, her relationships and how she achieved what she did. The language is accessible and very concrete.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it

I read this book in a day! Whenever I would see Laila speak to the media I was always moved by her honesty, assertion and positivity. So when I saw this book I picked it up and couldn't wait to reach it. In Reach, Laila talks about her childhood, her parents and the obstacles she overcame. I was inspired by her honesty, I think alot of people will be able to relate to her because she doesn't present the picture perfect youth. She has a very mature way of thinking about her parents. Some people w
Tanisha  Williams
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I loved this book! Although it started off extremely slow. I could still relate to a lot of things she's experienced in her child hood. She spoke about a lot and mentioned things in her book that she hasn't mentioned before. If my book was a movie i would use the same people, her family because i feel her family would have more of an effect because her father was a great.
Zafirah Muhammad
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love Muhammad Ali. So that's why I read this. Laila is a beautiful strong woman. Growing up with famous parents cannot be easy. But she came out the other side with grace and style. You go little sister. good book
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Although this book is no literary masterpiece, it is an honest, heart-felt fast read. If I wasn't reading for work, I probably would never have picked it up but I'm glad I did. It is both insightful and interesting.
Sep 06, 2009 added it
Good Read! It's about setting personal goals and reaching them no matter what. I read it several times!
Miesha Marzell
Apr 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
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