After watching the movie on DVD we obtained and read this book. It is truly a journey for Michael and wonderfully researched by the author. Pages and pages about coaches like Parcell, Walsh and the fire history of Lawrence Taylor provides a clear insight into the NFL as well as college coaches, high school amidst the problems of a cross cultural true story.
Even after reading it a first time, I went back and read parts again, and again.
If you are a football fan at any level, this you WILL enjoy. Magnificant true story.
I think someone more into football than I am would really enjoy this book. I now understand why some pro football players get into trouble so much. They are taken from the hood because of their athletic ability but their upbringing or lack there of does not prepare them for the life they are about to enter.
The Blind Side is an incredibly interesting and informative book about a poor African-American's escape from poverty to being adopted by a rich, White, conservative, Southern family and heavily recruited by the top college football programs in the country. This is set against the backdrop of a changing NFL.
Great book, helps to like/understand football but also not neccessary. As a football fan I found the chapters that discuss football and the evolution of the left tackle position just as fasanating as the personal story. Would recommend.
I enjoyed the book; however, I guess going in I thought it would center more on the life of Michael Oher. It covers a good deal of the history of football and more importantly, the evolvement of the left tackle position that Michael plays. Good read even for those who don't drill down to the fine details of a football game or it's intricate positions and strategies. Definitely a tribute to perservence and faith in others!
I read the book after watching the movie and loved both. The movie portrayed the personal side of Michael Oher and though the book did too, the book included many football details that would not have made good theater material. Michael Lewis did an excellent job in the writing of this true story of a loving determined family and one individual who could have seen and experienced a different outcome. Many joyful and tearful moments.
I hope the movie is better than the book! I knew this was a nonfiction novel about football but expected more of a story line, not so many football facts. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy football (cowboyfan) and do read football books but this book had so much in the way of facts that you had to fight to find the story.
An excellent analysis on the evolution of the passing game in football and the need for a special type of person to play left tackle and guard the quarterback's "blind side." Also a fantastic human interest story. The movie (for which Sandra Bullock wins the Best Actress Oscar) covers the human interest stuff very well. The book has a great deal more on the evolution of the passing game. Much like the author's previous work "Moneyball" (about baseball), this book is highly readable even if you are not a sports fan.
After watching the movie, I bought the book asap. It was a great read, well-written and very engaging even for someone who is not a football fan by any stretch of the imagination. I plan on working it into my history elective syllabus.
I loved the movie, but the book ruined it for me. The family comes across as paternalistic and opportunistic, while Michael is just a boy who needs help. At the end of the day, there is a reason why the NCAA qualifying GPA was the magical number to reach. Overall, I was left upset and annoyed by the book, where there was none of the soul searching that redeems the parents somewhat in the movie. Also, there was too much about the technicalities and recent historical developments in football.
I actually enjoyed the movie better than book and that never happens! There is a lot of detail going over football and the players and coaches. It was hard to actually get into the story with everything else being talked about
What an interesting book! Much more than the movie and that was excellent. It gives so much information about the nature of the game of football. I am a white housewife who knows nothing- nor cares- about football, yet I enjoyed what was written in this book. It was informative and interesting and made the story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family even more of a joy to read.
I'll admit after seeing the movie, I became intrigued by Michael Oher. The thing to remember with this book is the title says it all. "The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game." This is not just the story of Michael Oher but an explanation of the changing game of football which made Micheal Oher such a commodity. It was those chapters that I liked the least. I almost can't imagine going into this book with no football knowledge at all. Luckily, I grew up watching many of the names written about. I feel like that story of Michael Oher deserved a solid 4 stars where the "evolution of a game" part deserved a mere 3 stars.
After seeing the movie I was curious about the book and though I'm not a big football fan decided to give it a read.
The story is well written and Michael Oher's story is compelling. I'd been curious about the Racism vs. Ole Miss angle as it was not emphasized in the film and knowing what I did of Ole Miss's history I was curious. This was covered very well in the book.
I was a bit daunted by depth of the coverage of the evolution of football in the book but I can't say I wasn't warned... The title indicated as much. Mostly the explanations of football strategy were very good and I followed most of it though I'm in no way a fan of the game. There were a few sections (particularly when the footnotes got to be close to half a page) when the football details became too much for me but I'm sure that dyed in the wool fans loved it.
Even the sections on Lawrence Taylor and and Steve Wallace, and John Ayers were eminently readable, even for a non-fan.
If you're a sports fan or if you've got one on your gift list, this may well be a great buy. If you'd rather not learn a lot about football but are still curious about the Michael Oher story, by all means, check out the movie.
its a great read - about a kid born to a set of parents who never learned to care for themselves and could not/would not care for their many children - this kid managed to get a lucky lotto ticket and meet a family that was willing to care for him, love him, see to it that his best interests were looked after - I enjoyed the book for the family story but its very heavy on the football strategy - I may know the pro team names but I know little of how to play let alone the strategy involved - so that part of the book was certainly educational but i could have done without it