4 out of 4 stars
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“Everyone’s life is full of burn zones, which test the limits of our bodies and minds”. These are the words that I would say summarizes Jorge P. Newbery’s book, Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands. It is a non-fiction account of how he fared through life, from a newspaper delivery boy at the age of seven, endurance athlete, a cyclist, successful real-estate mogul and ending as CEO of American Homeowner Preservation (AHP). This autobiography gives a chronological life of Newbery childhood through to adulthood which depicts hard work, resilience, and determination. His life story also demonstrates that, the ability to endure burn zones is what separates winners from losers.
Mr. Newbery started the story on how he got a job at a very early age, and as years passed by, his interest and passion for other things grew. The interests shifted from selling newspaper, ice cream, to being a cyclist and later a marathoner. The epitome of the book is his ‘burn zone’, when he lost Woodland Meadows to the authorities. He faced betray, discrimination, racism, and ended up with a huge debt to later become a real estate mogul. He also spoke of more personal details such as, getting married and his relationship with his parents, especially his father.
What I loved most about the book is that, it’s relatable to everyday life. The book’s narration was fluent and captivating and the author did not seek to hide his flaws and was very open. The description about overcoming adversity and challenges was inspiring. The burn zone concept was well applied throughout his life and he came out on top.
The use of photographs complements the writing, and brings more authenticity to his story, and the use of songs in the book makes it come alive. There are a several funny moments in the book that helps lighten the sober mood of the book. They include his description of his dancing style as "I was dancing more like Shaggy in Scooby Doo". I didn't find anything to dislike in this book.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is professionally edited and I found no flaws or grammatical errors. The narration and writing of this book is excellent and it is easy to read. I recommend this book to readers who love memoirs and anyone interested in real estate. If you want to know the challenges that come with entrepreneurial ambition, this book will be of great help.
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