REVIEWED BY ANDREW ABRAHAMS
Now a left tackle for the University of Mississippi, Michael Oher has taken more bruising hits off the football field than on the gridiron. Sometimes homeless, he attended 11 schools in the Memphis ghetto as a child. But as Lewis, author of Moneyball, deftly demonstrates, his early deprivation leads to a break: Placed in a Christian school at age 16, Oher, now 20, finds his future in Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy—adoptive parents who recognize that, at 6′5″ and 300 lbs., blessed with exceptional physical abilities, he is a ripe football prospect. His new family gives him the nurturing and direction he needs, and Oher emerges as a star. Readers will root for Lewis's protagonist—and for those who love him—as he proves his heart and desire match his massive body.