I wasn't sure I wanted to read the book, afraid I would be disallusioned about Agassi. But I don't regret reading it one bit. What an amazing person he grew into. I loved reading about his insight to the tennis world and what they put their bodies through. A great read.
I always had a bit of a thing for Agassi growing up - I'm just a few years younger than him. The hype about the book - the headlines about drugs and how he 'hates' tennis intrigued me, but there is much more to the book - and Agassi - than that. As is more often the way than not, once the author is happy (happier?!) the book is less gripping, but still enjoyable and with the fairytale ending we all know. Interesting to read first hand that the issues of the famous are not just about being famous - much more mundane/ normal and as such - relevant. I think I should read more autobiographies!!
I'm not a fan of autobiographies, but as I have been a fan of Andre Agassi's since I was a kid, I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised--Mr. Agassi is a very talented writer, which has to be another natural talent of his since, as he says, he didn't do well in school and didn't even get through high school. He is a natural story teller and he was very open and honest about his life, the good and the bad. There were many times that I laughed out loud as I was reading and times when I felt like crying with him. A very clear case of public perception and the media turning things into something they are not and of society being only too willing to jump on the wagon. It was interesting to hear his story and it was told in a way that kept you interested. If he were to write more books, I'd definitely read them, no matter what genre they were.
The first thing that hits you is how well it is written - then the detail with which Andre remembers events. Amazing!
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!! I tend to avoid autobiographies just because of the tediousness with which so many people recount their lives. But Agassi is a truly gifted writer, with extremely subtle life lessons sprinkled throughout his book. I loved watching him play tennis for so many reasons, and now I have an even deeper respect for him. There are a lot of "Oh, THAT'S why!!" moments for the reader, such as when and why Agassi adopted his trademark of blowing kisses to the crowd exactly 4 times as he exited the court, win or lose.
I highly recommend this read, even if you are not a fan of tennis. Agassi's feelings, fears, and obstacles are universal--for athletes AND non-athletes.