Summary: Win Forever is a autobiography that talks about Pete Carroll’s struggles with coaching in the NFL and his overwhelming success as head coach of the USC Trojans. Carroll talks about his competitive spirit and how his success came from his winning philosophy “Win Forever.” Also Carroll talks about his love for the game and how he was able to turn a school from bottom of the barrel to the top of the totem pole. He was recently fired from The New England Patriots and felt his coaching career was finished, but his hopes were not diminished as he got the call to coach for USC. USC was recently in a slump and were last in the Pac 12. After one season Carroll took the Trojans to 6 national championships.
Favorite Part: My favorite part of the story is when Carroll talks about his time growing up in California. He was always the smallest kid on the field and that lack of size he made up for with heart. Then he got his big break and was able to play Division I at Pacific University.
Recommendation: I recommend this book because Carroll depicts the type of coach I would like to have and even if you’re not into sports, everyone has a competitive drive. Carroll teaches us not only how to use it on the field, but in regular life.
Genre: Realistic fiction
Summary:The River by Gary Paulsen is the sequel to the novel Hatchet. In this book, Brian Robeson returns to the wild a year after being stranded there for 52 days, but this time he goes to a new location with Derek Holtzer, a psychologist who works with a government program that teaches people to survive in situations like the one Brian experienced. However, this trip is planned and seems too easy to Brian after three days of apparent dumb luck finding a premade shelter and stumbling upon flint. During that third night a lightning storm hit and struck both Derek and Brian putting Derek into a coma and knocking Brian out for a brief while. The only way for Brian to save Derek’s life is for him to build a raft and pull him up the river to a trading post for help. Along the way Brian loses the raft temporarily due to white water rafts, but retrieves it and eventually gets Derek to safety at the trading post.
My Opinion of the Book: This sequel dulls in comparison to Hatchet and actually does its original an injustice with the simplicity in which the story was constructed. It was just another example of a failed attempt in creating a book sequel.
I would not recommend this book because it is way too fast paced to lead to no type of climax with a typical resolution that was expected since the character Derek got struck by lightning.
The Color Complex Summary Genre: nonfiction Summary of book: This book explains the politics in how people of color are portrayed in society. Providing background history from slavery days and much of what was going on in the 20th century, Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, and Ronald Hall all provide examples to demonstrate how as a Black person, usually the lighter you are the more you're accepted by society. From physical features such as hair and how women of darker skin try and change their hair just to look in the slightest bit acceptable to their peers, to the privileges in the workforce, their dating life, and how the media portrays those of lighter skin, this book opens your mind into seeing that colorism and discrimination still take place in today's day. It isn't just a white and black type of discrimination either and the authors do a good job of showing how discrimination persist even amongst the people in the Black community. The authors seem to have the goal to educate the reader about the real life controversial issue and how it affects the African American community. The authors also demonstrate how to change it all in the epilogue, which I thought was pretty cool. My Opinion: This book is a good read. Every page of the book provides you with interesting details and examples relating to this topic. I really did enjoy reading this book and it taught me so much more about the Black community and it really served its purpose when it came down to educating me about the whole controversial idea of discrimination and how it's deeper than just and Black and White thing. I recommend this book because its does a tremendous job of informing without trying to sound too sophisticated. It wasn't too easy of a read but easy enough to understand the message being portrayed by the authors. It also got straight to the point and didn't drag out the facts about things which also made me wanna keep reading