Friday, March 15, 2013

{Book Review} Rudy: My Story


A few months ago, I found out about BookSneeze.com, a website that sends books to bloggers in exchange for bloggers writing reviews of the books they receive. I barely met the requirements to be a reviewer, but was excited to find out that I was accepted to review books. This book is my very first BookSneeze.com review. BookSneeze.com provided the book, but the summary and opinions below are completely my own.

Rudy: My Story
By Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger


I'm a sucker for the sports motivational genre. I blame my dad, who is the ultimate sports motivational genre fan. My family’s collection of DVDs is housed near the TV. My dad has his own private collection of sports motivational movies that are housed right next to his bed. If you want to watch one of his movies, you first have to go ask for permission—he’s very protective of them. And if you can’t think of a gift to give him on a holiday? Find a sports motivational movie he doesn’t have (if you can), because you know he’ll love it.

On one of my first dates with Ryan, we watched the movie Rudy. Rudy is one of my dad’s all-time favorite movies, so I had watched it many times before. Ryan successfully made it through the movie without crying (a first for him; he was still trying to impress me) but I didn’t. I love the message behind the movie. So when I saw Rudy’s new autobiography available to review on BookSneeze.com, I immediately knew I had to read it. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie or read the book—watch or read it now—Rudy Ruettiger is a man from a small Illinois town where he was likely to spend his life working in the local power plant. He didn’t do well in school because of an undiagnosed learning disability, didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a lot going for him. But through a lot of perseverance, he got accepted into a community college, then into Notre Dame (his dream school), and finally made the Notre Dame football team as a walk-on, which was his ultimate goal. Rudy: My Story isn’t just a repeat of the movie. The book goes into depth and presents story lines that the movie doesn’t have time to develop. Ruettiger gives more of his background in the book than in the movie, which makes his motivation and his passion more understandable for the reader. Ruettiger also describes his college life outside of Notre Dame football more in depth, detailing experiences that aren’t included in the movie at all. And finally, Ruettiger tells his post-Notre Dame story, including the process of turning his life into a movie, which may have taken more perseverance than making the Notre Dame football team as a walk-on.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. Before reading the book, I was a little worried that I was going to be reading a replica of the movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while the movie stayed true to the theme and the major points of Rudy’s story, the book held many interesting and important details that I enjoyed learning. I found myself even more impressed by Rudy’s character and stamina after reading the book. Although I did enjoy the book overall, though, I did not particularly enjoy the beginning or the end. The introduction felt repetitive to me—honestly, I’m not sure I needed to read it at all. The last two or three chapters also felt a little repetitive. I already got the message of Rudy throughout the book, and the last few chapters just seemed to repeat the message over and over…and over again. By the last few pages, I was just ready to be done—which was a little disappointing, since I’d enjoyed the rest of the book so much.
If you are a fan of sports motivational books—or just need a good inspiring book to read—check out Rudy: My Story. It’s certainly worth the read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4 comments:

Mandi Rolfe said...

That sounds like a cool website. Awesome that they give you books and you get to read them and then review. I wish I could do it...I'm impressed that you have 30 followers! I have far less than that number...awesome for you!!

Kim said...

This is so cool! What do you have to do to qualify? I would love something like this!

kayla said...

I am more impressed by you every day! You go girl.

Megan said...

Kim, you just have to have at least 30 followers and post consistently on your blog. You fill out a short application on their website, then if they approve you, you can start reviewing books! It's a pretty easy and quick process :)